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Ever cut two perfectly fine cars in half just to make one?

Discussion in 'Other Vehicle Discussions' started by TurboMirage, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    we did this past weekend.

    the scenario:
    84 el camino, runs and drives well, rotted floorpan and bed
    84 el camino, completely stripped. has almost rust free floorpan and bed

    so we had originally planned this for a few weeks ago when there was no snow, but then i got super busy with work and such, travelling here and there, that we decided hell or high water we were going this weekend. now maybe you dont know but from friday - sunday afternoon it was snowing in massachusetts non stop, and actually broke a few records, one of them being a 54 year old record for snowfall on a particular day.

    anyways, in the midst of the BLIZZARD, jared and pepper and i set out for the great white mid-state maine north where it was very white and very cold.

    jarrod is a remarkable RWD guy in an old 80s volvo (longislandboi will love this car) and has some amazing driver skill, being the only non-experienced autox guy to beat me in my car in a legitamate time trial. hell .02 seconds is .02 seconds. pepper goes with him, i dont know why... the volvo doesnt heat up very well and my car is more comfy because there is no passenger seat. it is also noted that jarrod is a remarkably talented welder with many years of experience and an avid v8 guy who hates japanese imports :) i dont care for v8s, but we reached an understanding many months ago.


    so yeah we leave. 220 miles mostly highway until the last 50 where we drive rt26 up to greenwood. im kinda iffy about even going at this point, because ive never actually driven through snow deeper than 2 inches with the snow tires. oh well. as soon as we get on the highway the tires prove their moneys worth. i have really good traction and starting and stopping isnt that bad either. jarrod and i made it in about 5 hours, in white-out conditions where you couldnt see anything in front of you with your lights on for most of the drive. now everywhere i drove the car this weekend on and off the road i didnt get stuck. it was amazing.

    one bad thing though. with the swaybar on the back, and the suspension as stiff as it is on soft, when decelerating down a hill the back end wants to end up going first down the hill. i had to accelerate down pretty much any hill to make it stay straight.

    also, i knocked the bumper off the fenders driving through some snow drifts and small plowbanks. thanksfully i put 6 zip ties into the bumper to hold it to the car :)

    the car sat for 5 minutes and was already developing snowcover. most of the yard was about 4 inches of hard ice under the snow.
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    as you see i got a free bodykit enhancement. kinda like widebody, but backwards!
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    it was about midnight and we went to bed, to wake up at 7ish to go outside and start the festives!

    morning! volvo got a "widebody" too
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    we installed the plow on jerrys jeep, jerry is jarrods father who lives in maine
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    the caminos
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    we plow, and drag down the stripped carcass with the good body.

    get to work!
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    funny thing, jerry is a master autobody guy. been doing it most of his life.

    cut the bottom after unbolting the body from the frame.
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    measure and cut the top.
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    push it out.
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    the running camino!
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    jarrod is actually standing in the car.
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    holla!
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    all cut and loose. luckily all the brake and fuel lines are run in the frame so we didnt have to really disconnect anything at all except the fuel lines at the tank. the tank sits on the body.
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    we left the car in the garage, we had a killer plan... it was about 9pm when we finished up for the day.

    saturday complete. impending blizzard of doom on the way to start early sunday. we chat about staying and finishing or putting the cars under tarps and waiting a few more weeks. we stay!

    now we hoist up the body with a cherry picker, then setup sawhorses that we can wheel the frame out from under and hold the good body.
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    we rolled the carcass over to the side of the garage and then rolled out the "running" camino,muscled the rotted body (it was way lighter!) onto the scrap chassis and dragged it back up top. then pushed the good one back into the garage for some frame cleanup.
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    jarrod and pepper hammin' it up.
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    unfortunately i dont have any pics of getting the body back onto the good car since i had to help.

    very close, but not completely forward and bolted down yet.
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    with everything straight, we had a small gap in the right spots, and the floors meshed together one on top of the other. the windshield even fit perfect!
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    and there you have it. we finished before daylight ran out.

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  2. 95b16coupe

    95b16coupe New Member

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    so you have a volvo front/camino engine/camino body?

    anyways, sounds like a fun project. but why didn't you just put the good engine in the other camino?
     
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    volvo front?.. come again
     
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    oh, i see now. he just drove the volvo to get there. d'oh
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    i dont quite remember the reason he didnt swap over.

    the frame was rotted in a few places though.
     
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    lol i love the random pics of your car in there...lol
     
  7. Justin66

    Justin66 The Hondaswap Canadian

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    Dude that looked like a shit load of work, you guys did it in one day! Call Chip Foose maybe he will hire you.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    two days. reading is fundamental.
     
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    You can't tell me someone is a Volvo fan, and has good taste. I don't buy it.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    well considering hes owned the volvo for almost 4 years and done nothing regular maintenance... and its got over 300K on it i can kind-of understand why he would keep it around.
     
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    Justin66 The Hondaswap Canadian

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    My bad, it is it is.
     
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    Lol, seems like a story problem from a standardised test.

    You have 2 cars. You cut each car in half. You now have 4 half cars. You discard 2 halves, and put the remaing 2 togather. How many complete cars do you have?

    Finshed product looks good though. Glad to hear that it all worked.
     
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    It's a fluke, that's why he's keeping it. Heh. It's not worth anything because it's got 300k on it, no sense in tossing a good car.


    Jesus, I'm going to turn into Celerity or Airjockey with that logic....... Must ........ fight....... urges.....
     
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    we're going to turbo it in the spring :)
     
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    92stoccord Big Member VIP

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    Shouda chopped the top and bagged it while you were at it.
     
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    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    thats the question ive been pondering..
     
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    Seems like it took them less time to do this than swapping the motor. Good job, now wait and see how long it takes him to swap the busted bumper off of his car!!!:p
     
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    By the way, +1 rep for the Shasta-mobile in the background
     
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    itll be another 2-3 months ;)
     
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    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    I'm still searching for the "two perfectly fine cars".....

    Where are they?
     
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