Do I need to be present to win?
No – the drawing will be held on June 17, 2017, but the winner does not have to be present.
Will you ship the car to the winner?
No – if the winner lives out of state, they will have to arrange shipping the car.
How did the V8s for Vocations program come about?
Fr. Matthew Keller, vocations director for the Diocese, had the idea to merge his love of classic cars with the duties of overseeing the education of the Gallup seminarians. He calls the new program “V8’s for Vocations”.
“The idea was, I’ve always liked cars. I learned how to work on them in high school – I learned how to do autobody for a year,” said Fr. Keller. “I restored my own car after high school and helped my brother-in-law paint several vehicles. So it’s always been an interest of mine, but something I thought I had to give up as a priest.”
Then one day, some parishioners provided Fr. Keller with inspiration.
“Some friends said, ‘you should get a car and get the seminarians to help you fix it up.’ I thought, ‘Wait a minute, that’s a great idea, but let’s use it for a fundraiser.’ And so right away I talked about it with some other friends, and a high school friend of mine said ‘You know what, I’ve got a car for you, I saw it in an ad in Bloomfield at a reasonable price.’”
The car in advertised in Bloomfield turned out to be a 1972 Chevelle Super Sport. A donor offered to buy the car, and so the first phase of the project was kickstarted. While it needs a lot of work, Fr. Keller enlisted the help of volunteers and seminarians to restore the Chevelle, which was raffled off in a very successful program.
The response to the Chevelle drawing was so great that the team is now about to start restoring a 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
Where do the funds from the car go?
Aside from the cost of the parts and the build, all of the money raised from raffling the car will go toward funding the education of Diocesan seminarians.
When will the car be ready?
The Raffle will take place on June 17, 2017, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
How is the car being rebuilt?
The v8’s programs is a community effort of active and retired professional mechanics and car enthusiasts who have generously agreed to donate their time and efforts toward the restoration.
Donations of labor, materials, and services given for Restoration by:
D & A body Shop, Gallup
New Image Powder coating, Farmington
Poor Boys Auto parts, Gallup
Molina heating and plumbing
Gallup Lumber, Gallup
R & R Glass, Gallup
Daniel Boucher – Body Tip over jig
David Smith- Rally wheels and rings
Ted Gonzales- wheel and coil spring restoration
Brandon Garcia – engine and differential rebuilding
Bob Morensik -suspension and brakes
Ed Ortega – suspension and brakes
Jimmy Armenta – sheet metal welding
R&R Marketing Consultants – Brian Hosenfeld
Cathedral Work crew:
Fr. Matthew Keller
Bond Paint, Gallup – prep and paint supplies
Absolute Powder coating, Albuquerque – sway bar coating
Grainger, Albuquerque – media blasting
Ecklers – fasteners
OPGI – parts and fuel lines
AMD – sheet metal
Pep Boys – tires
AMK – fasteners
Eastwood – tools and refinishing supplies
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts – parts and supplies
Harbor Freight tools – tools