Matt Gilley sits last week inside his 1972 Chrysler Newport in front of Waterville Senior High School. Gilley will be teaching students to swap out parts on the classic car and, if time, replace the interior as part of the wide-ranging summer school program being offered this year by Waterville Public Schools. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

WATERVILLE — You might not think classic car restoration would be offered as a summer school course, but that is exactly what instructor Matt Gilley will be teaching soon as part of Waterville Public Schools’ summer program.

Students will help Gilley disassemble the front end of his 1972 Chrysler Newport, swap out parts and, if time, pull out the car’s interior and replace that, too.

“Whatever time allows, we’ll get into it and start doing it,” Gilley said Thursday.

It was a project Gilley, a Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) instructor, had planned to do anyway this summer, so he proposed it as a summer school course for students. Some Mid-Maine Technical Center students are already familiar with the car, having redone the suspension and brakes and installed a new radiator as part of a program at the school.

“I know there are kids who are interested in doing this, especially since the afternoon summer program is also open to Messalonskee students,” Gilley said. “I just figured that would be a great fit.”

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