I have a 1987 6Cyl automatic GT I bought as a parts car and have stripped off the body panels and the interior so far as well as most of the stuff in the front trunk area of the car. I am stripping this down as much as possible and nothing is going back on the car. The car was only used from 1987-1999, it has been in an accident in the front end, repaired, then sat from 1999 on. The interior is in excellent good condition. After stripping it, I then have to get the remains of the chassis on a trailer and get it to a scrap yard. So alignment is NOT an issue here. What is the easiest/quickest way to take out the engine & transmission(top or bottom). I will also be removing the cradle and still have it be able to roll onto a trailer?
I am also thinking I can do the basic removal, roll it on the trailer and then maybe even take off the suspension while it is on the trailer. Anyone ever done this? I do not have a plasma cutter and do NOT want to take the time with a sawzall but I want to get as many parts as possible from this vehicle.
This subject has been talked about and I have read the numerous threads, but all in the reference of ultimately restoring the vehicle. Not the case here. Just need to strip it, and be able to get it to a metal recycler as easy as possible.
Out the bottom with the cradle still attached will be the fastest. I don't know how you're going to roll it on to the trailer though.... Drag it up with a winch??? Let a metal recycler pick it up from you with their flatbed equipped with a winch???
Definitely out the bottom. I striped my parts car last year and dropped everything out the bottom. I left it in my driveway "junkyard style" (car sitting on top of two rims that are on their side), then called the yard and had them bring a flatbed to pick it up. The had no problem dragging it up, and no damage to the driveway because the car was up in the air on the rims. I just put a rim on each side about mid door, and it balanced the carcass pretty well.
i cut the cradle out of my parts car and to take it to the yard i made a small dolly and bolted it it to the rear frame and put some small casters on it and pushed it on the trailer, worked flawlessly, at the yard i took of my dolly and went on my way
At $.010/pound I can make a bit of cash taking it to the scrapyard myself because I already have a trailer. I have been reading more threads on taking off the headers and manifold first then lifting it out. I live in a neighborhood where I can not have a shell of a car outside. I could probably take the Drive train out the bottom, then reinstall the rims and tires roll it onto the trailer, jack it up, put it on blocks, then take off the suspension. Not easy by any means though but the shell should bring me between $100-$150.
Funny you should say that, I was just looking at the trunk a few minutes ago and that plastic piece that is attached to the rear end of it. Removing It would give me a lot more working room wouldn't it. It should have enough integrity to roll onto a trailer afterwards with no weight on the rear end hardly. I will have to take a look at it again maybe I can get Tim Allen to come over and help me. rrrrrrr....rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.rrrrr.
Bought blades for my reciprocating saw, and I also bought a pneumatic saw for metal that Harbor Freight had for $10 with a special coupon, normally $35.00. So it seems that basically you just cut the trunk out, raise the car a bit then just pull the cradle back(that is the short version).
Seeing how you have a trailer, raise the car up on 4 jack stands and place jack stands under body near coolant tubes. Unbolt front and rear cradles, drop from bottom. Roll trailer under front part of car up to front jack stands. Place floor jack on trailer and raise to remove front jack stands. Attach "come-along" to front of chassis. Slowly back trailer further under car until you reach rear jack stands. (Or you can drag car onto trailer using "come-along").At this point, if you have second jack, raise rear of car to remove jack stands. Use "come-along" to finish dragging chassis onto trailer to get positive tongue weight. Scrap yard can easily get chassis off trailer.
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I may have a slight change in plans. I will probably cut the front and back end off. I want to do a practice run on making a chop-top before I do it for real on a better car. That makes the transportation a lot easier.