Originally Posted by gljurczyk
MillerTime, What are they going to do to get these cars repaired most body shops can't weld aluminum. At least not the ones by me in Southside Virginia? This could be a nightmare for someone. Just a question.
Its a huge nightmare for everyone. I dont think there are much more than half a dozen shops in the okc metro that could do the work, and that's out of probably 100 or so shops.
I see a lot of unhappy ford owners in the future and possibly a huge lawsuit for Ford after there are so many people truckless with trucks waiting on repair.
We were taught in 2015 f150 school, that you have to use a welder that is capable of synergic pulsed spray transfer using AA5554 wire that is 1.2mm in diameter. You can not use a tig. You will potentially fry all the computers from the high frequency of a tig welder.
We are supposed to use alot of panel bonding adhesive on the panels as well as riveting them on with self piercing rivets(spr), flow drill screws, solid rivets. etc.
Galvanic corrosion is a big problem (white rust) so you cant use bolts more than once unless they come out with a coating to recoat the bolts. Ford recommends replacement though. Our instructor didnt even know how it was going to work with the parts being panel bonded and then welded ar the seams, with the way aluminum transfers heat.
Heres a couple pics of a self piercing rivet gun (used to remove and install rivets) and the SPRs (they look like little buttons) and a couple of the flow drill screws