|I took Halloween 2010 off, primarily due to financial reasons. But it's in my blood and I couldn't
stand back and do nothing... I started this project in October of 2010. I wanted the Haunted House
in 2011 to make up for not having one the previous year. I wanted to come back with a BANG!
Hence... Hellmouth 4: Resurrection.
| PROJECT PARTS LIST:
1 - Scrap Car, Truck, Bus, or Semi. (Check Craigs List)
Tools: A Sawzall is your best friend!
|Locate and acquire some kind of automobile and bring it to a spot where it won't have to be moved
for a while. You're not looking for beauty. In fact, ugly vehicles or wrecked ones are actually
scarier. Just make sure that the general frame and attached body parts are sturdy. You're looking
for structural integrity.
It's also a good idea that the light lenses are in good repair. It's true that if they're busted up, it
would have a better LONG TERM effect. BUT, you're looking for that split second fear. Tail lights
that are programmed in our head to be a certain color don't take as long for our brain to process.
Busted lenses showing white light when it's supposed to be red or amber takes longer to process...
You want a real scare. You can't get more real than real.
Also, it's all about the details. People won't notice all of the small details, but without them they will
Safety for the patrons is a MAJOR concern with this project. Think and plan ahead!! NEVER let
them get too close once this prop is "live"!!! I guess I'll turn this into my disclaimer... Use common
sense. Metal is sharp, it cuts. Pneumatic rams with metal attached can hurt if they hit you. If a 300
pound object is pushed with 125 psi of air pressure and the object has little resistance, if it hits you it
will hurt. I accept no responsibility on how you use these instructions or the results of said
instructions. In other words, don't sue me because you can't squeeze blood from a turnip. LMAO!
...Seriously, use at your own risk.
|Remove the engine and transmission. If you work it right, you can actually start to make money.
List your items on Craigs List and part the car out. If you don't scrap the metal yourself, please find
someone to take it for you. Try to be as environmentally sound as possible. Remove everything
from the front of the car (unless you decide to use the front of the car. I chose to use the back
because it would fit into a smaller space, it would be lighter, and I thought that it would have a greater
scare effect.) Everyone is afraid of being backed into!
|You really can't go wrong any way you want to cut it up. Start hackin!!! A word of advice, though.
Cut the least amount of metal and your blades will last longer!
|Completely gut the interior. Dash, carpet, headliner.... Everything. Again... If you advertise the car
being "parted out," depending on the car, you can make a lot of cash to help fund this project and
minimize your costs. It may take longer, but if your budget is tight, it's a no-brainer.
|Okay... The nice thing about making this "how-to" as I go is so that I can point out any possible
problems/hard-to-do things so I don't forget. Here's a word of advise. When removing the front (or
rear) windshield... Pay some $ and have someone do it for you. I'm an automotive technician, not a
glass man. To try and "cut" the thick tar-like glue that they use to glue the window in is a pain in the
***..... I ended up breaking the whole window, glass everywhere. So PLEASE exercise caution!
Aside from that, I cut up and quartered the firewall. You might want to use a sawzall blade that is
longer than 6". It's difficult to cut the frame under the doors because it's hollow, which might be