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.
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A previous Toyota Collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #60, dated August 1994, cautioned against performing paintless dent repairs (PDR) on Toyota vehicles, citing three specific reasons. The reasons included damage to the finish, due to microscopic cracking that may not be visible to the unaided eye, damage to the anti-corrosion coatings on the metal from sharp tools prying on inner panels and damage to exterior trim and body panels to gain access to the damage.
Automotive engine mounts are designed to support the engine and reduce vibrations and force, transmitted from the engine to the vehicle structure, and from road surface irregularities. Providing adequate engine support requires a firm engine mount, while controlling vibration and force requires a flexible mount.
I asked the supervisor if the car that he was inquiring about was a 2004 or newer Volvo XC90, to which he responded,
Vehicles have evolved from the limited design models 100 years ago to the many unique colors, shapes, sizes, and brands available today. Along with allowing the consumer the option of selecting the vehicle maker, model, trim level, two-wheel, four-wheel, or all-wheel drive, they also can select from either gas, diesel, compressed natural gas, gasoline-electric, or flex-fuel to determine which propulsion system they may want.
Recently, I was asked to inspect a vehicle with representatives of the California?s Bureau of Automotive Repair. The '98 Toyota Corolla had been towed from the accident scene to a body shop where the owner was promised a free rental car told that the shop would cover her deductible.
With the elimination of the traditional I-CAR Collision Repair 2000 class, many insurance companies called me(I'm the Los Angles I-CAR chairman) to ask what I-CAR was replacing it with. I explained that the starting in January 2002, the new class was going to be called CR 3000 and this would be an enhanced delivery class with a test at the end of the class. To my surprise, no one knew what I was talking about - I guess they don't read these collision newspapers.
"Measure twice, cut once" is an old carpenter's piece of wisdom. In frame repairs, it's measure twice and pull once. I want to look at vehicle measuring to see how we as estimators and managers can improve the repair process and see that we are paid fairly for what we do.