How to turn wrecks into cash cows

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

WRECKED cars nor­mally sell for a tiny part of their orig­i­nal price, which is why guys pre­fer to get handy with a an­gle grinder and welder to turn bits from wrecks into cash cows.

The best ex­am­ple of this must be the old Land Rover De­fender used as a bar counter at the Kala­hari Oa­sis bar at Ma­bal­ingwe, on the set made fa­mous af­ter the “Jaaa Boet” Cas­trol ad­verts.

Favourite among panel beat­ers, how­ever, is the boot-to-couch con­ver­sion, with

Wheels spot­ting the boot of a wrecked Ford Fal­con 351 GT on sale for R12 500 (scat­ter cush­ions not in­cluded).

Flip­ping a truck’s en­gine block in its side to use the cylin­ders as wine bot­tle hold­ers is another pop­u­lar re­cy­cling trick, but for the most com­fort­able night in front of the TV, just put any leather car seat on legs. Wiring up an old Citroën’s seat can even en­sure a mas­sage.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

What to do with wrecked ve­hi­cles? At the Kala­hari Oa­sis, an old De­fender be­cames a bar counter, while many a pan­el­beater has welded a back­rest to a car boot to make a handy couch.

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