Students from the Autobody program at Texas State Technical College West Texas traveled to Waco to begin restoration on a 1965 Rangoon Red Ford Mustang convertible for the upcoming Golden Anniversary of the college.
Project Mustang, a project designed to restore the classic car, involves students from three of four of the school’s campuses, TSTC Harlingen, TSTC Waco and TSTC West Texas. Students will refurbish the timeless auto with original code paint, rally sport accessories and an engine tune-up. The school system purchased the vehicle with intentions for the project, which is still in the early stages.
Students arrived at TSTC Waco on Sept. 19 to begin work on the car. Julie Threlkeld, project manager with the TSTC System office said the Mustang will be symbolic. “1965 Ford Mustang is a symbol representing the year TSTC was formed as well as the symbol of enduring technology,” Threlkeld said.
Texas State Technical College was established in 1965 on the former James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, as James Connally Technical Institute of Texas A&M.
In 1967, the Connally Technical Institute expanded to Harlingen moving into the old Harlingen Air Force Base. In 1969, the colleges separated from Texas A&M and became an independent state system with a new name, Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) and its own Board of Regents.
Additional campuses were created in Amarillo and Sweetwater in 1970, McAllen in 1983, Abilene in 1985, Breckenridge in 1989 and Brownwood and Marshall in 1991. TSTI was renamed Texas State Technical College in 1991.
Today, the Texas State Technical College System includes four colleges and five extension centers: TSTC Harlingen; TSTC Marshall and its new extension center, TSTC North Texas in Red Oak; TSTC Waco; and TSTC West Texas, with campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater. More than 10,000 students attend TSTC in credit programs alone.
The car will be used at various 50th anniversary celebrations at all four locations and at many events down the road. TSTC celebrates its 50th Anniversary April 22, 2015 and the Mustang will be revealed in January 2015.