Ever wonder exactly what it takes to get a car ready and into a demo. Well, in a short time, this page will have our insights into
The old adage goes, kick out the windows and run it. We do go a little more in depth than that, but we do tend to keep it simple. We feel that there is no need to use every cheat that we can come across. Follow the rules and do the important stuff first.
I guess that we could start at the beginning. You must first decide what kind of car you want. This should be based on exactly what you have available to you. If you have parts laying around for a Chrysler go with one. You might also consider robbing parts off of our demo car for the one you drive. It worked that way when Chris bought the Taxi. We took the front clip off of it to replace his mangled front clip. The best way to go is get to be good friends with a salvage yard. We have the best of all worlds when we run. We have parts for every type of car, and we are good friends with Lonny over at our local salvage yard. We give him all of our old cars in trade for anything we may need for the new ones.
The next step would be to look around for the type of car you want. Depending on your location and availibility of cars, this may have to precede the last step. We are usually lucky enough to find the cars we want at a reasonable price. The key to this is to look around the country side for cars that haven't been driven in a while. If you know the person that owns them, talk to them sometime, otherwise just go up to the place and ask them. People usually don't mind this, because more than likely they want to get rid of the car just as much as you want to buy it. The other key is to watch papers and talk to a lot of people, and buy cars whenever they are available. The worst is when it is only a month or so before the demo and you don't have a car to build. It can be done in a short amount of time, but we like to have a least a few cars lying around at all times. If you have parts or a way to get them cheap, don't be afraid to buy a car with a junk motor or transmission, especially if it is a solid car. It really isn't all that difficult to swap that sort of thing in.
After you have gotten a car, it is best to drive it before you start to strip it. If the car is licensed, take it on a short trip to see how it handles, and to see if there are any problems that arise after running for a while. If the car is not licensed, you could still take it down the road, but I don't advise it. Try to find some private property where you can beat on it.
We then strip the exterior and interior of the car. We usually take off all of the trim pieces and emblems from the outside of the car as well as the grill, headlights and bezels, and taillights. Try to be as careful as you can with all of these parts, your local salvage yard will be more than happy to take the stuff that is intact. In the interior, we first unscrew and unbolt everything. We take the seats and seatbelts out in order to get all of the carpeting out. If the bolts are too rusted, you may have to just cut the carpeting around them. We have now started leaving the dash in for two reasons. It provides a little extra padding for the driver, and it provides a little extra sideways strength for the cabin. We take out the visors and headliner, and the door panels. It may be hard to get window cranks off without the proper tool, but it can usually be done. With the Gms, you can use two screwdrivers to pop out the c-clip. It may be handy to know that the c-clip comes out the side opposite the handle. If worse comes to worse with the cranks, just clamp a Vise-Grip on it and break it off. When the door panels are off, we remove the side windows. With a little practice you can get the window out without mangling the door. This may come in handy in the future, Chris has already used this skill to put windows in at his present job.