Happy wife, happy life... I decided to build a house to satisfy my mid-life challenge. The key was to get the wife involved. I no longer look forward to solving big problems, and, in fact, I have managed to avoid any for a very long time. I think that you have committed yourself to some major efforts in attempting to restore those Volts to legal running order. It is certainly a good thought and a nice one to introduce your sons to the EV world. Assuming that you are successful in the reconstruction, the Volts will have to be transported to a Dealership to get them running. They have the electronic test equipment that is used to "re-awaken" the electronics and make them play together. It can't be done under the shade of the old apple tree any longer, at least not with the Volt. Last thought, pay careful attention to the cooling systems for the electronics. It would serve you well to read the many posts in the forums.