WORD ON THE STREET

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GSI MA­CHINE & FAB­RI­CA­TION HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE STEEL CEN­TER FOR CA­REER & TECH­NI­CAL ED­U­CA­TION IN JEF­FER­SON HILLS, PENN­SYL­VA­NIA, TO HELP THE CEN­TER GET ONE STEP CLOSER TO ONE OF ITS CLASS PROJECTS, A ’68 CHEVY C-10. Dubbed the C-68, the truck is a joint ven­ture be­tween the Col­li­sion Re­pair and the Medium and Heavy Duty Truck pro­grams. The stu­dents, which are in 10th, 11th and 12th grades, were ex­cited not only to be­gin the process of restor­ing the truck, but also to lay it flat on the ground.

That’s where GSI came in. PJ Cana­van, di­rec­tor of the au­to­mo­tive pro­gram at Steel Cen­ter Tech, con­tacted GSI, ask­ing Scott Nel­son at the com­pany whether they could swing a stu­dent dis­count for the pro­gram. Scott knew that GSI could do bet­ter than that, so the com­pany do­nated one of its 1963-72 GM truck front-end kits, which in­cludes a new cross mem­ber, rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing and tubu­lar con­trol arms, as well as airbag mounts. We can only imag­ine how ex­cited the Steel Cen­ter stu­dents must have been since they went to work right away and got that kit in­stalled al­most as soon as they could un­box it!

With the much-im­proved sus­pen­sion now un­der­neath the Cum­mins-pow­ered truck, spir­its are high and the kids are ready to move on to the rest of the truck.

You can fol­low the progress at Steel­cen­tertech.com.

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