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.
Many fatal accidents in the United States. are the result of a vehicle drifting out of its lane. A vehicle involved in a lane departure could lead to a collision with oncoming, following, or adjacent lane traffic. These collisions may occur as the result of driver distraction, inattention, or drowsiness. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems are designed to help prevent some of these collisions by alerting drivers of any unintended movement of the vehicle out of a traffic lane. At least one vehicle maker now has an LDW system available on some of its models.
Lighter, faster, and stronger. These three words sound like a description of the main character in a super hero movie. But they can also be used to describe what vehicle engineers are striving for when they design vehicles. Carbon fiber is one of the materials being used to do just that; make a vehicle lighter, faster, and stronger.
The prospect of a falling vehicle is much too heavy to take lightly. Lack of training, operator error, being in a hurry, and neglected maintenance will cause lift-related accidents. Lift accidents result in serious consequences. Here is a list of some lift-related accidents reported to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
There's an old saying, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach." To prove that wrong isn't hard as many professionals know, but without becoming an apprentice how can a young - or not-so-young - auto enthusiast or aspiring craftsman get the opportunity to visit a working shop and have the ears, eyes and hands of talented and recognized experts with them for three days running? All in the actual working environment where those experts turn out prize winning project after project.
Before addressing the painting issues which are the topic of this article, I'd like to relate a few of my recent experiences which are relevant to the subject.
Dedicated fixture bench frame equipment has been around almost as long as the unibody vehicle. Unibody vehicles started showing up on the roads of Europe after WWII and collision repair facilities needed a way to repair these vehicles when they were damaged. Frame equipment for repairing conventional ladder-frame vehicles existed, but there was no good way to anchor a unibody vehicle to them, or to position and hold welded-on parts that were being replaced. Placing the vehicle on a set of "jigs" similar to what was used when it was built seemed to be the answer, leading to the development of the dedicated fixture repair bench.
Laminated steel is a type of "sandwiched" sheet metal that uses two layers of steel bonded together by a polymer core (see Figure 1). Consumer demand for quieter vehicles is the primary reason for using this type of material for automotive parts.
Since before the 1970s aluminum has been present in automobile manufacturing processes. Normally found in hoods, deck lids, bumper reinforcements, seat tracks and engine cradles, more manufacturers are coming to market with aluminum structures. While an aluminum structure used to be considered as exotic, more aluminum is arriving in vehicles at a quick pace.
Scion, an affiliate of Toyota Motor Corporation, has three models available for 2006, the xB, xA, and tC. Scion is its own distinct line with the sophisticated vehicle construction technology that is associated with Toyota (see Figure 1).
Advancements in technology on today's vehicles usually have safety as the main design incentive. Consider such innovations as adaptive cruise control, braking assist systems that go beyond anti-lock brakes, and advanced lighting systems that give the driver a better view of the road. This article will offer a brief overview of some advanced safety systems (other than restraints) included on some 2006 and 2007 model vehicles.
Among the many advanced electronic devices available on late model vehicles are night vision enhancement systems. Like some other systems available on late model vehicles, this technology was originally used for military purposes, giving soldiers the ability to see in the dark without being seen by the enemy. For vehicle owners, these systems give the driver a better view of the road ahead during nighttime driving.
Every kind of vehicle, instrument, and object have come through my shop over the years. And we've had every type of customer from the conservative, vague and indecisive - to the colorful and unrestrained. To stay ahead in such a diverse and competitive market, we need to be constantly innovative in our designs and artwork.
Gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles are beginning to employ a different approach to powering the compressor on the air conditioning (A/C) system, and therefore require some special attention during repairs.
The second-generation Volvo C70 hardtop convertible (see Figure 1) is of interest to the collision industry for both its mechanical highlights as well as the body structure. The convertible features a retractable three-piece hardtop and side curtain air bags that deploy upward from the door shell. The pop-up rollbars for rollover protection are deployed using a pyrotechnic charge.