The Warriors of the Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) need your support to complete the restoration of a Classic 1968 Mercury Cougar. Mr. Tony Torango, owner of Body Masters Collision Repair Shop, El Paso, TX graciously donated his facility and his time to guide the Warriors through the restoration process. As you can imagine the restoration is quite extensive. Because of the scope of the project, along with the attention to detail needed, the soldiers must stay focused. This focus has basically served as work therapy allowing them to heal quicker. The project is progressing very nicely but we are near the end and need assistance with parts and funding to finish.
The project began with the 68 Mercury Cougar being donated by the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Rancho Cucamonga, CA campus. From there the UTI Sacramento, CA campus donated top-of-the-line DuPont Chromo System paint and products and then UTI Avondale, AZ campus veteran students and instructors rebuilt a 302 performance engine and the original C4 transmission which was just recently installed.
The original intent was to auction the vehicle off once it was complete with all proceeds going to the Warrior Transition Battalion. However, the Warriors worked very hard and are extremely proud of their work. Once complete, they have requested UTI tour the vehicle for the remainder of the year to show everyone what they accomplished through work therapy. UTI accepted the request. Once the car is complete, it will tour Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Events, participate in military installation events and community events in California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and other states, time permitting. Texas Congressman O’Rourke will be showing his support by visiting the work site and Warriors March 17th to thank them for their service and congratulate them on the work they have completed thus far. Providing the car is complete, the tour will begin April 2014. The plan is for the car to return to Arizona and be auctioned to the highest bidder at the January 2015 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
Aside from the sponsors mentioned above, additional sponsors to date include: Tjin Edition Road Show, ididit Incorporated, Falken Tires, MSD Performance, O’Reilly Auto Parts, CJ Pony Parts, NAPA Parts Store; Hughes Transmission, Bradley Chapter, AUSA, CFI Security, German Air Force Defense Center, UTI Houston Student Counsel, UTI Lisle Student Counsel, and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). All sponsors will be recognized by signage during the tour and at the Barrett-Jackson Auction.
The Warriors know this project is not only benefitting them as therapy, but when complete, through the funds raised, they too will be contributing to the healing process of their comrades. We can never fully repay the Warriors for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf, but we can support this project to show them we care and appreciate them.
If you, your club, or someone you know would like additional information on how to support this worthwhile cause please call, text or , Project Coordinator at 602-740-1393. Thank you for your support!