A rebuild with a purpose

The Car Shed assistant co-ordinator Shea Fenton is learning on the job as he works to rebuild an old Ford Falcon.
The Car Shed assistant co-ordinator Shea Fenton is learning on the job as he works to rebuild an old Ford Falcon. Linden Morris

ONE Stanthorpe car enthusiast has put his hobby to the test and learnt some new skills in the process.

Shea Fenton, 21, said he had always had an interest in cars and mechanics and is now working as assistant co-ordinator on The Car Shed project.

"I have been involved with the project since we started a few weeks ago," Mr Fenton said.

"I am hoping to get to know a few new people and learn about maintaining cars.

"Working with cars is something I would like to continue so hopefully I might end up getting certificates out of the whole experience if it can be organised."

Community Development Services volunteer and project co-ordinator Graham Molloy said the CDS-based project aimed to encourage project completion.

"Our aim is to take male youth and men who normally wouldn't finish something on their own and get them to start and complete this project," Mr Molloy said.

"We have a 1997 EL Ford Falcon station wagon that was donated by Clive Plain that, with help, they are going to do up, get it roadworthy and sell it.

"Car enthusiast Dennis Burton has also jumped on board as an overseer and mentor for the guys."

Mr Molloy said while they were aiming to be self-funding, at this early stage support was still needed.

"We are looking for support in the way of tools, materials and paint to finish the job - especially the primer, acrylic and clear paint," he said.

"Any help would be greatly appreciated.

"We are thankful that the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society offered us the use of the wool pavilion at the showgrounds as our shed to work out of."

The Car Shed currently meets on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm.

For all inquires phone John Mahoney at CDS on 4681 3777 or Graham Molloy on 4681 4698 or 0430 357 828.

Topics:  cars community development services stanthorpe

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