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WyoTech Students Honor Returning Soldier with Hot Rod Makeover

Working after hours, students and instructors completely renovated Army National Guard pilot Andrew Stiles’ 1973 Plymouth Barracuda.

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   Laramie, Wyo.  – WyoTech students and staff from Laramie, Wyo., recently teamed up to make a dream come true for Army National Guard pilot Andrew Stiles.

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  Working after hours, students and instructors completely renovated his 1973 Plymouth Barracuda. The finished car was unveiled as a surprise on Saturday, May 17th (seen here) when Stiles returned from Iraq to his family in Coweta, OK.

Stiles, like many soldiers serving in the armed forces, put his life, hobbies and passions on hold to serve his country. While Stiles was flying C-23s and Blackhawks over Iraq, dozens of WyoTech students worked to convert his vintage Barracuda into a beautiful, modern muscle car. In addition to bright yellow paint job complete with his daughters’ handprints, the car received all new glass, new interior and a powerful, late-model Hemi engine.

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  “This was a great opportunity for WyoTech and our students to help make a dream come true for Andrew,” said Guy Warpness, Laramie Campus President. “The campus was very excited and passionate about giving something back to a career soldier.”

The following companies supported the effort by providing parts and/or services to the build team: YearOne, Baer Brakes, Cowboy Glass  Mirror, Totally Auto Inc, Rockford Fosgate, Edelbrock, K Filters, Magnaflow Exhaust, Redline Gauges, Rock Valley Stainless Fuel Tanks, Sherwin Williams, Valvoline, The Music Box, and Brown. In addition to renovating the car, WyoTech students (shown here behind the Baracuda)  raised several thousand dollars for the project.

About WyoTech:
WyoTech is a division of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. WyoTech offers degree and diploma programs in the fields of automotive, diesel, collision refinishing, motorcycle, aviation and marine technology, as well as construction trades.

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In addition, WyoTech offers advanced training programs in applied service management; advanced diesel; light duty diesel; advanced automotive diagnostics; street rod and custom fabrication; motorsports chassis fabrication; high performance power trains; and trim and upholstery technology. There are currently seven WyoTech campuses located across the United States. WyoTech is the Official Technical School of the NHRA and a proud sponsor of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer, Steve Johnson.

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