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What can I use to mobilize the shell of a car with no suspension?

I am parting out a project (88 Thunderbird). I put a ford 8.8 under it and mustang 11" brakes etc. I am stripping the car down to bare carcass. After I'm done getting what i want I need a way to move the car around so the scrap metal man can come pick up the shell.

What can I do to move it around cheaply? Casters? furniture dollies with old tires and wheels resting on them? what would you recommend? I'm guessing the bare shell would weigh around 1000 pounds or less

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I've always cut them up into manageable pieces with a Sawzall or cutting torch.
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Well I don't own a trailer to haul the cut up pieces off to the scrap yard other wise that would be an option. That would be a lot of $ tied up in sawsall blades 2
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Pickup truck sized pieces.
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I can't wait to do this. i live in a snobby neighborhood i can't wait to see the expression on my neighbors face when I go out with a sawsall and chop the roof and dog house off that car (lol). I should wear a Jason Halloween Hockey mask while doing it (safety glasses will be worn j/k). Torches sure would be easier though
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I cut up my Honda with a sawzall and 4.5" die grinder. It was a lot of fun and all the pieces fit into my old hardbody.







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How many blades did it take to cut up the entire car?
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I think I went through 3 demo blades and 2 cutting wheels on it. I didn't have my torch at the time and I would have used that if I had it to do all over again. I just about broke even on scrap price vs consumables used.

The catharsis of cutting that money pit up was more than worth it though.
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I have a few options

Rig something up (safely of course) that will mobilize the shell and let someone take it (free) Still need opinions here on what will work.

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Spend time and $ cutting up the shell.
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I think you will spend just as much rigging something up to mobilize it as you will cutting it up.
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speedfoos, thanks for the pics. Brings a tear to my eye.
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Cutting up an '88 T-bird brings a tear to mine.
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I use what they call a piano cart its basically a Heavyduty movers cart with a deck and large casters ( from a snap on type tool box ) moved many a shell around with one , ( even moved a running car around the parking lot with it playing a joke on someone)
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If its a straight shot out your garage door, and assuming the trailer you're putting it on has a winch, you can just set the body seams on the bottom on some 4x4s and just drag it onto the trailer. I've done it before with a few picked clean parts cars, works like a charm.
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cutting up scrap

If you have a stick welder , just turn up the heat and dip some 6011 rods in a bucket of water and burn away, cheaper than blades. I broke the guts in one of my sawsalls when helping a neighbor kid channel his A coupe.
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