Showing posts with label Cavalier strip down. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cavalier strip down. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BIG Earl - Now Thats a Welding Project

So I made the trip south of Earlton to the scrap recycler this morning. My load tilted the scales at 1000 lbs., remove the 200 lbs of panels and odds and ends I added and that puts the weight of the unibody at 800 lbs close to my estimate when I hoisted it. That got me a whole $70 and puts scrap steel at $140 a ton. Still a lot better than the going rate of $53 a ton I got on my last tear down.

So on my way back I stopped and got a few pictures of "Big Earl". This is a huge welded sculpture of a bison between Earlton and Englehart similar to the big eagle on the cover of "Arc Welded Projects Vol. III", that I posted in the past. The white dots you see everywhere are strings of lights, they light him up at night.

If you like this kind of thing Northern Ontario is full of it. Start with the giant nickel in Sudbury (nickel mines), big dairy cow in New Liskeard ( clay belt agricultural area), the polar bear in Cochrane (polar bear habitat), I could go on and on but the most amazing has to be in Hearst where you will see a pack of wolves taking down a huge moose. Its so well done I almost drove of the road looking at it, when I first saw it, ha ha.

So I stopped at Timmy's for a cup of dark in Englehart and got the picture above from the parking lot. This is the Georgia-Pacific OSB board plant. Georgia-Pacific (an American company) bought it from Grant Forest Products around 7 years ago. So isn't Trumps 25% tariffs on Canadian wood products sort of like shooting yourself in the foot. Just a little food for thought. There are many more plants in similar circumstances across the country.

Monday, June 4, 2018

By By Cavalier

So here are a few more goodies I pulled from the Cavalier tear down. The first is the exhaust connection and catalytic converter. The exhaust system was in surprisingly good shape for almost 300,000 km. I kept the catalytic converter and connections. The flanges are in good shape and except for a little surface rust the assembly is solid. If your in the Kirkland Lake area and need one of these, message me to arrange pick up, fits a 2004 Cavalier 2.2 liter, probably fit the Sunfire as well, free to the first person to pick it up.

The power steering assembly didn't fair as well, it was in the perfect location to catch all the road salt and the oil lines and cylinder show it, I am surprised I didn't spring a leak. There are a few good items I want to salvage from this assembly though. Tip to the GM designers, a shield to protect the cylinder and lines would extend the life. Delete that last comment, who the hell do I think I am, Ha ha.

Now here is a real winner, the four speaker system and AM/FM and CD player with wiring harness (off screen). I guess the CD player kind of dates me, but hey I still have a large CD collection. I think this will be my new sound system for the ventilated shop, I miss my news and talk radio when I am out there. Around 300 bucks right there.

Four sets of very heavy duty hinges. I know I can find a use for these. I could go on but you get the idea. Pack rat lives here, ha ha. If I utilize half the stuff I collect, I'll be a happy man.

All loaded up.

By by Cavalier.

Now for the real dirty part of the clean up and another trip to the land fill.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

No Sir Ociffer, I Got Nothing Hanging Out

So the sun came out this afternoon, opened up the shop doors and finished the bit left to do on the Cavalier. Bonus, both rear shocks were still good, more keepers.

So I set up two of my 2 ton come-a-longs on the H beam and hoisted the unibody high enough to back my large trailer under it. Sometime this summer I will be bolting two channels or heavy angles to the posts and H beam, so I can run a trolley, and one of my chain hoists for doing this kind of work. Even without the steal, the H beam held up very nice without any noticeable deflection. Mind you at this point the body only weighs 600 - 700 pounds. Here's a picture of my 1 ton chain hoist for the trolley, I have a 2 ton around somewhere to.

Boy nothing beats being able to hoist equipment like this. A lot faster and sure beats jacking everything off the floor. Kudos to my H beams, I just had to say that. ha ha.

So if I cropped out my come-a-longs, would you believe me if I told you I solved anti-gravity. LOL, I laugh but it is amazing what some characters will believe.

Here I slipped my larger trailer under and dropped the unibody onto the deck, 5" to spare each side.

"No sir ociffer, I got nothing hanging out" ha ha.  Running lucky today, the body came 3" from the end of the tail gate.

I will load it up with the door and body panels and all the bits of steel, that I have no use for, strap it down with a couple of tough straps and it will be ready for a trip to the metal recycler.

So a couple of days for the big clean up, and this job is pretty much done.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Object Of My Desire

So I dismantled from the Cavalier a few objects today that answers the question, "Why do this? Why not just scrap the whole car?".

In addition to the 200+ lbs of good grade of aluminum, if I choose to break up and remelt the engine and transmission, I also mentioned a selection of different grades of steel.

The first picture below is the front end, suspension, power steering and wheel ball joints mounting assembly removed. This is quite heavy the thickest steel used is found in this assembly and the rear axle assembly. Notice the sway bar.

Here is the sway bar removed. This is probably the most useful piece of steel in the whole vehicle, not as brittle as shock spring steel (one of the shocks I removed from the front had a spring that was broken in three places) but it is just as tough (when you swerve hard a good portion of the weight of the car goes onto one or the other arms of the sway bar and prevents roll over). It's 3/4" round and about 4' long. Ideal material for forging various tools, turning chisels, knives, etc.

Also in the picture are the rubber bushings for mounting the sway bar. In the center of the picture is one of the many useful devices available in a dismantling like this. This is the steering column universal joint. Used to transfer rotary motion between two non planer points (the steering wheel and the power steering cylinder).

And as alluded to in the title of this post, this is the main object of my desire in this tear down. This is the rear axle and wheel assembly. My intention is to use this as the starting point for my bandsaw mill. In the position in the picture it is low to the ground, making it easier to load a log onto the cutting deck. Distance between the outside of the mount bushing eyes is 44", perfect for the small mill I am planing.

If I choose not to use it for the mill it is still a perfect axle and wheel assembly for a small trailer, either low to the ground or if you rotate the axle assembly 180*, a high deck. Thats a 4 or 5 hundred dollar value right there, tires are worn but hey, I got two more plus a mini spare plus wheels. lol.

So below is the back end hoisted up. Just a couple more items to remove, the fuel tank and accessories, and the rear shocks.

When that is done all that will be left is the bare unibody, a couple of added coats of paint but otherwise just as it was when it left the robot welding line.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tight Squeeze But The Motors Out

So took a while but the motor and transmission are out. Talk about a tight squeeze, once it was half out I had contact with both sides of the frame, with a little coaxing, it left two scrapes in the paint but slipped out. So  much rust, I'm not sure it is worth trying to run it again, at the very least I got a couple of hundred pounds good quality silicon aluminum for remelting and lots of different grades of steel to play with.

It's amazing how tiring pulling a wrench all day can be, my lower arms and hands haven,t been so scrapped since I did this last time. Any weak or cheap tools usually show themselves on a job like this. I only lost one on this job, split the side out of a 13/16 Westward socket, maybe I should stop using cheaters. Ha ha.

So here is the interior of the unibody,  all stripped (lots of room now ha ha). Tomorrow I will hoist the unibody and remove the underside drive parts, the front end bottom suspension, and power steering assembly (you can see the end of the steering universal hanging just inside the firewall). The parking brake (red skirt on handle) bolts are removed but I left it in place  till I can disconnect  it, when I remove the rear axle and wheels.

So another day or two and then a couple of days of clean up and deciding what I want to keep and what gets hauled to the land fill. The unibody, door panels, and the few body panels will get loaded on my larger trailer and get hauled to the steel recycler.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Afternoon Chuckle

So mowing 7-8 acres can be a chore. If I change out the tractor seat for the one below and install a mini beer cooler on the back of the seat, I think I can learn to enjoy mowing the lawn. If I install that 142 hp motor under the hood, I'll never want to do anything else.

LOL not really. Some may not appreciate my brand of humor, but hey life can be a bitch without a good laugh once in a while. 

A couple of more days and I should get this Cavalier behind me.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Cavalier Strip Down Continued

So I got a couple of hours in on the Cavalier, slow day today, ha ha. I am now a little over half done. Here are a few pictures.

The first picture is the huge piece of back end plastic pulled off, the front piece is even larger. Living inside the foam and plastic is the steal bumpers. they are not very thick to begin with, even thinner with all the rust. The front not so bad, the rear (rustier one) was ready to fall off, one of the bolts that attach it to the unibody just pulled out, a second one sheared off when I put the wrench to it. I may find some use for the steal bumpers yet but I would have preferred  extruded aluminum.

Heres the small mountain of plastic, rubber, and foam accumulating in a corner of the shop, and I still have all the plastic and foam on the doors and interior to do. The seating is still like new, even the drivers seat with my fat butt sitting in it for close to 300,000 km. I may find some use for them yet.

It,s not all headed to the land fill and scrap yard. Pack rat that I am, here are a few items I have convinced myself that I can put to use in future projects. We keep dreaming, lol.

So I can be a bit of a night owl sometimes. Didn't get much done today, but the beauty of the new well lit shop is that I can get another 3 or 4 hours in tonight. "A wrench screams at midnight" lol.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dismantling Rust

So I got the Cavalier into the ventilated shop this morning and got a start at dismantling it. I hate unibodies. I dismantled one back in the 80's, it was made shortly after unibodies were introduced and there was still a lot of extruded aluminum on them, like the bumpers. Now a days aside from the engine assembly, axles and wheel assemblies, most of what is snapped or bolted to that unibody is plastic (mountains of it), foam, and rubber. The few metal panels are thin as paper. I have driven a body on frame truck since I started driving. I got the Cavalier to save on gas, for a 100 mile return commute to work, that I did for 10 years. I'll hopefully never have to drive a unibody again. Ha ha. Don't get me wrong the unibody is actually designed to be safer in minor crashes. The unibody is designed to crumple in a step by step, more controlled fashion. My beef with the low end models, is that they are to much like the disposable society we have become. Difficult to repair with poor quality parts, after ten years up here with the salt on the road in the winter and rough roads everywhere, they are usually  done.

Here's a couple of pictures. It's going to take a while to get this all stripped down. 

I think it was on "The Big Bang Theory" that someone said "Your degree of white trash is measured by how many junked cars are in your yard." Ha, ha. I guess I am back to zero again. lol.