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Friday, 15 January 2016 18:02

Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Recycled Rides

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A local group of students are giving old cars a new lease on life as part of a “Recycled Rides” program.

Collision repair teacher Josh Krentz and his students at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Pennsylvania are working on a car to donate to someone in need.

“It’s a great project. We never did something like this before and it’s a new challenge,” said Brandon Kirkpatrick, a student.

Tim Shoben, another student, looks at things from a different perspective.

“If it were me on the other side, I’d be excited,” Shoben said. “It’s life-changing.”

Even with their completed work so far, the students have to keep up the pace to get their vehicle ready by the end of the month.

Work began late during October and they have done about $4,000 worth of labor so far. The entire project needs to be finished by January 24.

The vehicle then will be given away at the World of Wheels Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Local Toyota dealerships have contributed to the cause, donating $7,000 worth in auto parts.

“I’ve been very impressed,” Krenz said. “I’ve had zero people turn me down on donations.”

Krentz’s own life is much like the cars he repairs. After dealing with personal issues in his life, Krentz has been able to repair his life by studying the trade he loves.

“Here is a student that 13 years ago, it was borderline about where he was heading in his adult life,” said Ed McMullen, administrative director of the Forbes Road and Technology Center.

A panel of school board members, administrators and students will decide on the best candidate in need to receive the vehicle.

The lucky recipient must be able to insure the car and keep it on the road.

January 9 was the last day for applications for the refurbished vehicle.

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