A recent report suggested that the average age of American automobiles has increased to a record-high 11.5 years. Between a slow economy and longer-lasting cars, people are repairing their old cars, rather than buying new ones. That means lots of work for the next generation of auto mechanics. There are many fine automotive tech schools to attend across the country, but after seeing this video we think we know which school we’d like to attend.
That school is UTI, or Universal Technical Institute. And the reason we’d choose UTI over the many other excellent automotive institutions is embodied by the Model T hot rod hitting the dyno in the video above.
We’ve seen UTI booths set up at trade events and county fairs all over the place, and they usually have a couple of cool project cars to bring along. UTI offers training in everything from engine building to chassis welding, skills that would go a long way towards building a hot rod like the Model T you see above.
Fitted with a Chevy 350 small-block V8, Dart 180 heads, and an Isky cam, this hot rod put 440 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque down to the wheels. And the best part? It was built by a bunch of kids (and their instructor, of course.) You can see from the smile on the face of the dyno driver that these kids are in the right place. Thinking of a career change? Check out UTI.