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Old 01-24-2011, 08:40 AM
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community college body work

I have a body project that has stalled for a few years. Its completely stripped ready for the dip tank (or media blasting).

A buddy suggested I get it to the community college/tech school and let them do it.

Who would I talk to? Tips on making it happen? I tried to do that once and ended up burning a bridge because I didn't talk to the right person. I spoke with one of the instructors who directed me to the director of the auto repair school and learned later that I just needed to talk with the shop foreman.... but since the boss had already said "no" I kinda burned a bridge.
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Try and approach a student without being marked a devient pediphile and have the student introduce you and the project together to the instructor.
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I have to tell you something, God bless those "ROP" programs at schools. We need them, they are learning a lot. But I don't think I would trust such a project with them. I have one near by and have worked with them in one way or another over the years and I have to say they are still WAY behind the eight ball. If you were to do this you would need some serious reviews on the place and know that they know what to do with your car.

Personally, unless it you have more in your heart about them learning than you getting a good job I would say go elsewhere.

If you have some low value car to paint and want to help them learn, that I say ROCK ON. If it is a valuable car or one that is special to you personally, I say think about it long and hard.

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I would have posted a similar warning; however, in my own business experience when a customer wants to take his car to a school itís because they canít afford my services and no matter how poor the result theyíre still happy with the job because they couldnít afford to get it done right. I deal with these people consistently and they never can afford the cost of correcting the schools work.

Heís going to do what heís going to do regardless of any advice. His mind is already made up.
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Our local community college has an "Auto Restoration class" on Saturdays, from 8 am to 8 pm, with breaks. It is set up so "non students can work on their own cars. You sign up, and get access to the body shop, and the paint booths.

We have also had Gene Whitfield, and Ron Covell do clinics the Monday after the Portland Roadster show.

The local college will also let a few older people into the regular automotive classes, even if you are not specifically in training for being an ASE mechanic. I think the instructors have figured out that having a few adults around is much easier than a whole class of 18 to 20 year olds, half who got lowered Hondas with big spoilers on them.

I would suggest all of you at least go and check out your local Community College, and see what they have to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised. Your local taxes are paying for them. Why not get a benefit from them?
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One more thought to throw in there, some prison systems have training classes for body and general car work. A whole bunch of years ago when I was at the car museum at the Imperial Palace, they had a Boss Mustang that has been worked on by the local prison. Not perfect but not terrible either. Find an employee and see what they can come up with. The trouble with many of these places is close connected folks will buy, have them fix, and then sell for profit. It's hard to get a car into those places.
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One more thought to throw in there, some prison systems have training classes for body and general car work. A whole bunch of years ago when I was at the car museum at the Imperial Palace, they had a Boss Mustang that has been worked on by the local prison. Not perfect but not terrible either. Find an employee and see what they can come up with. The trouble with many of these places is close connected folks will buy, have them fix, and then sell for profit. It's hard to get a car into those places.
a good friend of mine is in charge of the motor pool at the prison here.
he has inmates for employees to do all the maintenance on all the vehicles.

his favorite saying is "oh, i got inmates for that"
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both of my sons high school and coumunity college auto classes, always had a waiting list for stuff to be worked on.
he had a hard time working on his own truck in class.
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