Piece by piece

By Website Administrator | Nov 5, 2004

A donated Malibu chassis proves that sometimes parts are greater value than the sum of their total.

A donated Malibu chassis proves that sometimes parts are greater value than the sum of their total.

Parts are parts, and that's just what students at Kettering need - the parts of a Chevrolet Malibu chassis to disassemble into classroom and lab lessons.

The General Motors Knowledge Center, in Warren, Mich., donated a 2004 Malibu chassis to Kettering for use in Mechanical Engineering classes, said Dr. Janet Brelin-Fornari, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and coordinator for the Crash Test Safety Lab at Kettering.

The vehicle chassis (no engine or transmission) will be stripped down with the suspension to be used in the Auto Specialty/Chassis Systems classes taught by Dr. Richard Lundstrum, Dr. Craig Hoff and Dr. Greg Davis, and the body to be used for the new Accident Reconstruction class taught by Brelin-Fornari and Dr. Massoud Tavakoli.

Brelin-Fornari originally approached General Motors about donating a body-in-white that had already been used and would no longer be needed. "Instead, they supplied us with the rolling chassis, which not only has the body, but the trim and the suspension and wheels with tires," she said.

"This vehicle is very useful," Brelin-Fornari said. "We are going to 'part-it-out' to supply many classes and put some parts to use in the crash lab." She said use of the parts in classes will be non-destructive, so the parts can be used from term to term.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
(810) 762-9865
dhibbard@kettering.edu