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.




Friday, 30 September 2005 17:00

Camera, speed sensor, warning buzzer and indicator light combine to warn drifting driver

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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. 

Saturday, 31 December 2005 17:00

Carbon fiber, the composite material of the future?

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Safe use of lifting equipment everyones responsibility

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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). 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Hands-on experience with master craftsmen

Written by John B. Hendricks

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. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 17:00

Necessary paint procedures that go uncompensated by insurance companies

Written by Toby Chess

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. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2006 17:00

Innovations to fixture benches increase popularity

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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. 

Friday, 31 March 2006 17:00

Recyclable laminated steel offers noise reduction in vehicles

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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. 

Friday, 31 March 2006 17:00

Are we ready for aluminum vehicles?

Written by Timothy W. Morgan

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. 

Sunday, 30 April 2006 17:00

Collision repairs on the 2005-06 Scion tC

Written by I-CAR Advantage Online

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). 

Wednesday, 31 May 2006 17:00

More to occupant safety than just restraint system

Written by Autobody News staff

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. 

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