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I'm looking into possibly considering thinking about trying to get another vehicle as my cougar is falling apart and I simply can't afford to fix/restore it.

As such I'm trying to figure out the quickest ways to get as much money out of the car as possible.

Main idea.....scrap metal. The car is worth $219 as scrap as it is. I can get roughly $180 for the converters, and the heads and wheels are aluminum, so if I remove those and take them in separately I might be able ot get close to $500 for the car.

I don't know how much the heads weigh though.....so does anyone know an actual weight on stock 1997 4.6L heads?

Anyone interested in a transmission?
 

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It doesn't matter, you won't get aluminum prices for them. The cams, valves, springs, seats, and guides would all have to be removed to scrap them as aluminum, and by the time you spend removing all of those things, plus the fact that those constitute most of the weight of the heads, it simply isn't worth it.
 

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You only get $219 for junk cars? Last car I brought to recycle yard weighed 3700 pounds, was a 1992 Dodge Dynasty with an extra transaxle in the trunk. I got over $425 for the car; I think he was paying .12 a pound.

I have some heads in the shed; I'll weigh them if you want, but I think you'll find they weigh about 45 pounds each.
 

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if ya want to strip the car right
cats if not aftermarket are worth a good bit
aluminum wheels with wheel weights and valve stems removed. clean wheels usually go for pretty decent prices for scrap
aluminum radiator with plastic side tanks removed goes for clean aluminum price
all large wiring harnesses removed of ALL steel and iron, and put them in a barrel with plenty of holes in it and burn the plastic off them theres usually 50-100 bucks worth of copper in any given car once its cleaned out
 

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Yeah, you're getting hosed on scrap price. It just went down here to $160 a ton. I'm getting ready to haul some myself, saying goodbye to what's left of my 86 Mustang GT t-top.
 

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Nick McKinney shipped my heads out invoicing the crates at 45 lbs each, which would include the heads, cams, hardware and shipping crates. So probably 25 lbs or so when bare.
 

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I imagine you'd get a lot more money by parting the car out.
 

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put them in a barrel with plenty of holes in it and burn the plastic off them theres usually 50-100 bucks worth of copper in any given car once its cleaned out
That doesn't so much work anymore. most places around here won't take copper wire if it's been burned, or will give you FAR less money than if you had just dropped it off with insulation.

I imagine you'd get a lot more money by parting the car out.
I wouldn't really have the time to have a car sitting around waiting to have parts sold off of it, nor do I have the space to house the car and/or parts.

If and when I do scrap the car it needs to be gone as quickly as humanly possible.


Scrap prices here are 0.06c
0.06(3666Lbs)= $219.96
 

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You would probably get $100-$150 from just the dash, console and instrument cluster trim pieces alone, if they're in good shape. And they only take 10 minutes to pull.
 

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If your car has the JJJJ springs, those are in demand as well - I may even be interested in the rear set and they are easy to pull out. I've taken mine out just by jacking up the car, taking off the tire, shock (bottom), and sway bar then just pried them out with a big screwdriver.
 

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I have a dash listed in PFS, other than that no one around here has any real interest in cougar parts.
Part it out for your friends here at TCCoA! :cool:
 

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If there is a serious interest in any parts that I have, when the time comes I will part out as much as I can.

It has to happen quickly though, the idea would be to get as much money for the car as I can, without having parts sitting around taking up space.

First I need to determine whether or not I can even consider a different vehicle.
 
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