The MechE team had faced some frustration in recent weeks as we realized the difficulty of implementing the intended plan for the Opel drivetrain, and chopping up the car was a great way to vent! Since the frame was so damaged, we couldn't find any viable options in recycling the body or selling the scrap metal. Space is tight in the garage, so we salvaged what we could and got right after it with the reciprocating saws. Jimmy cuts it right in half below:
Fortunately, there was a good bit that we found could be salvaged from the old Opel. All of the glass was saved, in case we need to replace it on the new car for any reason. The entire dashboard was removed and saved so that the EE team can start designing and developing the layout for the final set of controls and dials. We also saved the entire rear end, cut down so that it would just barely fit through the doors of the milkdrop shop upstairs. Having the back of the car will allow the MechE team to prototype the new suspension designs with the actual car geometry in mind, even before we get a new vehicle.
After getting everything situated in the prototyping room, Trevor and Jarrod welded up a stand to hold up the car for easy access.
We continued cutting down the rest of the car, removing nearly all the sheet metal from the body...
After hours of slicing up the old car, we removed as much as the reciprocating saws could handle before calling it quits with only residual bits still attached to the frame. We had high hopes that this car would one day travel down the alley, and it was a bit of a bummer that it had to happen by us carrying it...
That white Opel presented unexpected challenges every step of the way, and even its final march was no exception. After the exhausting day of tearing it apart, it took the four of Jacob, Joey, Jimmy, and Jarrod to get it down the alley and somehow fit it into the dumpster.
When it was all said and done, we still had to clean up a mess of rust and residue left over in the aftermath of dismantling the car. Overall, everyone had a fun time and made some good memories, in what we expect to be the only time we get to entirely disassemble a car with reciprocating saws. Now we just have to catch up to get back on track with the Opel project!