Metal Shop

  • Many of our industry personnel lack the training and understanding of how collision forces travel through vehicles. This article will help you understand the dimensionality of vehicles and how that relates to the proper repair of today's vehicles. I
  • More than a few years ago, I remember the best frame tech in the shop I was working for measuring a vehicle he had on the frame rack. This particular shop had just purchased a state-of-the-art laser measuring system. Being curious, I wanted to see ho
  • There are still some people who will look to include old damage in a new claim. Be wary. That is insurance fraud.
  • I've written several articles and taught seminars about proper pulling techniques. During demonstrations and hands-on programs, I'm always amazed at the lack of understanding many techs still have about pulling and the proper techniques required on m
  • The interesting thing about setup on a dedicated bench is the fact that doing so also is considered to be part of measuring the vehicle. You may be able to charge for this time (it's something to think about).
  • Over the years the replacement of the outer door panel or complete door shell versus repair of the panel has certainly increased. Has this occurred due to the available technician skill in the current workforce, the costs of repairs quickly exceeding
  • Repairers must be able to identify suspension system damage early in the repair process to lessen delays in the completion of the vehicle.
  • Nearly every external panel on a modern vehicle can be removed from its substructure with simple hand tools, by merely unbolting a series of fasteners, except one — the quarter panel.
  • The B-pillar might best be regarded as the "Lone Ranger" of the automotive world. Few non-industry people are aware of its name, yet this important piece of metal running from the roof down the side of their vehicles to the chassis bottom has protect
  • When technicians talk about restraint systems, they probably overuse, maybe misuse, the term "airbags." In today's vehicles, effective restraint systems consist of much more than driver and passenger airbags. Modern restraint systems include side cur
  • Sometimes lost in the discussion on new and emerging automotive materials, aluminum continues to make inroads in an ever- increasing number of parts. This month ABRN examines how aluminum is impacting the collision repair community.
  • The demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles has sparked advances in plastics since the 1930s. As plastics change, so do the adhesive repair products and techniques that are vital to easy applications and reliable repairs.
  • Panel bonding just might be the great overlooked craft in collision repair. Custom paint elicits passion; high-strength steels elicit controversy and technical acumen, and frame work immediately calls up patience and accuracy. Yet, panel bonding is k
  • Determining whether to repair or replace a damaged part is a decision made daily in collision repair facilities and estimating bays.
  • With multiple pulling devices, you can pull from multiple locations and in differing directions.
  • Before you can perform proper welds with an STRSW machine, you need to fully understand how it works. Current flows through the arms (aluminum first with the case of C gun style), which are made of a copper alloy. Copper and aluminum are excellent co
  • A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the office of one of a group of 18 collision shops, training the office management and staff on the finer points of management system use. During that training session, there happened to be a representative of
  • Make sure you take pictures of the vehicle before tearing it down. Take them from all four corners of the damaged area, and of the dash and gauges with the key on.