Tech Notes (82)

Hot Rod Flatz Black Paint Job Completes Show Car Project

Recently we officially ended the Hardcore Knight project without ever really addressing the paint job. Since it is the first thing you notice on this car, it bears some attention.

The flat black from Kustom Shop’s Hot Rod Flatz collection was used to finish off this project. What’s great about this collection of paints is that it has that old school rat rod feel, but with a durable paint system. This whole flat paint look came from the days when guys would hot rod their rides, but never got past the primer stage when it came to paint. It may have been due to lack of funds, but more likely, since it was in the early days of hot rodding, speed was king and fancy paint jobs came second to horsepower.




Sunday, 04 May 2008 17:00

New Sectioning Guidelines Released by I-CAR

Written by I-CAR online

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has released a brand new set of guidelines for structural sectioning.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 11:23

Mazda Develops Plastic Molding Technology Which Reduces Consumption of Plastic Resins by 30 Percent

Written by Mazda Motors Announcement
As part of its efforts to reduce vehicle weight, Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a new plastic molding technology that enables a substantial reduction in the weight of plastic parts used in vehicles. This plastic molding manufacturing technique cuts the consumption of plastic resins that are used as raw material by approximately 20 to 30 percent, with associated reductions in vehicle weight.

The most common manufacturing method for producing automobile plastic parts is injection molding. Mazda's improved injection molding process involves mixing supercritical fluid*1 (SCF), made from common inert gases such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide, with the plastic resin raw material. The process utilizes a particular characteristic of SCF to mix readily with other substances at the molecular level to raise the fluidity of the liquid plastic resin and cause it to expand rapidly when injected into a mold. As a result, smaller amounts of the raw material resin are needed to fill molds.
Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

Are General Sectioning Guidelines Still Applicable?

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

It has been over twenty years since the original I-CAR research on structural sectioning took place. That research resulted in a list of general sectioning guidelines for repair facilities to consider as a subjective business decision for partial replacement. Many things have changed over the years that have affected the general sectioning guidelines. However, nothing has had more of an impact as the increased use of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) and vehicle maker design technology.


Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Body Repair CD-ROMs and Structural-Sectioning Procedure Guide

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

At this year’s International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), Chrysler released three new body repair CD-ROMs and a Structural-Sectioning Procedure Guide. This is in addition to the publications that are already available for order on the Tech Authority web site.


Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Frame Systems: Measuring systems lead to better repairs and higher profits

Written by Robert Holland

There’s no doubt about it – the collision repair industry has officially entered the high-tech age. As vehicles have become more complex and insurance companies more demanding in their need for verification and documentation, information has quickly become as important as welding equipment to any collision repair center that hopes to successfully compete in the 21st century.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Frame Systems: Measuring for Dollars

Written by Robert Hornedo

If you’re not thoroughly assessing vehicle damage, a lot of money is being left on the table and you are not doing your job. You are in business to repair damaged vehicles, however, many shop owners and estimators leave a good portion of the damage untouched, unpaid for, and perhaps jeopardizing your customers.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

Recommended GM Steel Reparability Matrix

Written by Advantage Online

In concert with the repairer’s right to repair information, GM has issued the Recommended GM Steel Reparability matrix, a chart that identifies GM’s repair recommendations according to the type of steel that the part is made from. The matrix contains information on the steel identification stamping symbols, steel grade, GM specifications, recommended welding methods, cold reparability, use of heat for repairs, the temperature range that should be used, and the maximum heat allotment. The second page of the matrix is a chart of Descriptions of GM Steel. 

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Frame Systems Special Section: Anchoring, Measuring, Fixture Methods of Repair

Written by Toby Chess and March Taylor

While touring collision facilities in the southwest, we were asked by a shop owner our thoughts about the difference between the popular method of repairing a unibody vehicle structure with the Universal Anchoring and Measuring methods compared to the up and coming Fixture Method, also called Fixed Point Anchoring or the Jigs. The shop owner asked if we might be entering the age of the NETbuilt vehicle of zero tolerance. This was a topic we were not totally knowledgeable about, prompting us to do some research on the subject. You know the old saying: “if you think you know, you don’t know; but if you know you know, then you know.”

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Frame Systems Special Section: Repairer Comments

Written by Toby Chess

As part of our research, we asked a cross-section of repairers from around the country about their views on the differences between these two methods for structural repair. Why choose one method of repair over the other? Is there a need for a shop to offer more than one type of repair method, thus allowing the repairer to use the method that is most suitable for a particular type of repair. Here is what a few within our industry felt about the subject. (Please understand, there is always a level of bias when asking repairers about their view on the equipment they use.)

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Frame Systems Special Section: Innovative Vehicle Straightening Solutions

Written by Autorobot Finland Oy

As a company, Autorobot Finland Oy specializes in modern car and commercial vehicle straightening solutions. The products and services cover the entire range of straightening equipment, measuring solutions, 3D measuring data and compre-hensive service and support operations worldwide. Autorobot has more than sixty international patents with a support network that includes the new center of excellence in California.

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