Do you have an old junker of a car taking up valuable real estate in your yard? Sure, you always meant to get around to fixing it up and making it at least capable of running again, but the longer you procrastinated, the more the vehicle fell into disrepair. So now you find yourself listening to NPR in the morning and seriously considering taking advantage of that tax deduction you are told you can get by donating the old heap. Maybe the tax deduction will have an impact on your tax bill or refund and maybe it won’t. But chances are you may be able to get more value out of the sum of the parts of junker vehicle than you can get from the whole. You have to be willing to put in a great deal more work to recycle most of your old car than it takes to unload it, but the satisfaction level is likely to be worth it.
If headlights can be wired to the electrical system of a car, why couldn’t they be wired to turn on and off whenever and wherever you need illumination outside the confines of a vehicle. In fact, they can be. Look around the internet and see how others are coming up with a host of fabulous ideas for upcycling headlights for decorative use far away from traffic.
If your old junker vehicle has a hood or a trunk, then you’ve got the makings of a quite sturdy table ripe for customizing and personalizing. If you think that old scrap metal that has been exposed to heat and oil and who knows what sort of physical damage over the years (although it’s probably not the years, but the mileage that is showing as wear and tear) cannot possibly be transformed into any kind of table you would actually want anywhere inside your home, these examples of the possibilities of upcycling the hoods of automobiles might convince you otherwise.
Consider yourself lucky if your old junker car is equipped with bench seats. You kids today who never grew up with bench seats just will never quite understand romance of the car in America. Literally. Bench seats that haven’t suffered any significant tears or punctures or other types of damage are the holy grail for upcycling. Just pull it out, dress it up and you’ve got yourself one heck of a cool sofa or diner-style kitchen booth. Back seats of vehicles often have the same general bench design, but you almost always have to deal with the issue of the hump. Of course, today’s captain’s seats are just about perfectly designed for removing from the car and setting up in a home theater. If you are a bit more creative and daring, get some ideas for innovative car seat upcycling from these guys .
If you know how to get remove them or can find someone to remove brake shoes for you. And, it should be noted, if the brake shoes have not been so completely worn down as to make just backing out of the driveway dangerous. Why would you want to recycle old brake shoes? Not really sure, but consider the potential for what has to without question be one of the most abrasive surfaces available. If the abrasive material and sturdy construction of brake shoes can stop a traveling at 100 MPH in mere seconds, surely you can come up with some other use for its essential quality of toughness. Just make sure before you remove any old brake shoes that they do not contain asbestos as no recycling idea is worth getting lung cancer.