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Toby Chess

Toby Chess is an I-CAR program instructor, training specialist, and former salvage yard operator. Toby is universally known in the collision industry for his work with first responders and advocacy for body shops and consumers. He can be reached at tcspeedster@gmail.com.

 
Thursday, 19 September 2019 21:25

Kool Tools: Pre-SEMA 2019

I have been conducting I-CAR mobile welding tests for 15 years now.

Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:30

Collision Repair Headlines Show Need for OEM-Recommended Procedures

Written by Toby Chess

On July 13, 2018, an Ohio appellate court rejected an auto body shop’s arguments in a $105,462 case where the body shop was convicted for failing to follow OEM procedures during a repair.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 22:24

Hey Toby! Kool Tools: SEMA 2018

Written by Toby Chess

It’s that time of the year again (sixth year in a row) for the article that all of you in the collision world have been waiting for—Kool Tools of SEMA 2018.

Recently, I was asked by a shop owner to put on a Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW) clinic.

Friday, 17 February 2017 22:48

What to Expect From an OSHA Isocyanate and Lift Inspection

Written by Toby Chess

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You are sitting at your desk and an OSHA inspector walks in and wants to discuss your isocyanate protection program and inspect your lift.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 21:50

Kool Tools from SEMA 2015

Three years ago, Kye Yeung and I walked the floors of the 2012 SEMA show looking for new products that most of us never get a chance to see. When we made a presentation at the Collision Industry Conference, the presentation became an instant hit among the audience. So, for the third year in a row, we walked the floor at SEMA 2015 looking for things that were unique and would make life in the body shop a little easier.

Viewing Fig 11, you will see that the rivet is solid. Like the SPRs, solid rivets need to have access to the backside of the panel. Unlike SPRs, a specific size hole is needed. Solid head shape for solid rivets comes in many forms.

Recently, I was conducting the I-CAR Steel welding certification test at a collision repair center when I saw a 2014 BMW 3 Series having a quarter panel being installed. The tech was welding in the quarter panel instead of using glue and rivets. I asked the tech if he had the OEM replacement procedures, which he produced from his tool box. I showed him that the proper procedure was to rivet and glue the quarter panel in See accompanying photos for the proper installation method and recommended tools.

I recently gave the following test to the CIC audience in Palm Spring this past January and to an association group meeting. What was amazing after giving the test, how many repairers and insurers did not know the correct answers.

Question: What is the major difference between the two Honda Accords?

Answer: The “A” Pillar reinforcement, “B” pillar reinforcement and Rocker panel reinforcement are constructed of one of the highest strengths steels seen in passenger cars. They have an 1500 MPa steel rating.

Question: What does Honda say when these parts are damaged from a side impact?

Answer:—Plenty

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