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Old 12-03-2015, 08:50 AM   #311
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Its like everything else, all worries when something new comes out. But the people in the know will come up with something that will be better. Heck, just saw a welder that does, stick, mig and tig, all in one unit.
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Its like everything else, all worries when something new comes out. But the people in the know will come up with something that will be better. Heck, just saw a welder that does, stick, mig and tig, all in one unit.
True. We've been dealing with some of this stuff with audi a8 and porsche for a while. But the last dealership i was at had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the collision equipment just so we could get certified to even buy the parts, let alone work in them.
Its going to be a mess, i see a lot of shady work being done on these in the future, just hope it doesn't happen to your truck!
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #313
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I am not planning on getting rid of my 2001 F150. Only has 64000 miles and with the V6 gets good mileage. As long as it will tow my car trailer, don't see any need to get rid of it.
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I am not planning on getting rid of my 2001 F150. Only has 64000 miles and with the V6 gets good mileage. As long as it will tow my car trailer, don't see any need to get rid of it.
Didnt really mean you, but who ever has one of the aluminum body trucks
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Got to love the fear of change, aluminum. Funny how no one things twice about the bear can we call an airplane. I spent 20 years working with aluminum, and my car hood has been aluminum (Honda S2000) sence 2002.

So body shops need to figure out how to weld aluminum instead of steel, that's really the only change. Most work done in a collision center is working with plastic, the frame, or painting anyway. Body work isn't what it one was.
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Got to love the fear of change, aluminum. Funny how no one things twice about the bear can we call an airplane. I spent 20 years working with aluminum, and my car hood has been aluminum (Honda S2000) sence 2002.

So body shops need to figure out how to weld aluminum instead of steel, that's really the only change. Most work done in a collision center is working with plastic, the frame, or painting anyway. Body work isn't what it one was.
But Ford's better Idea can burn to the ground in less than 22 Min's. See the attached article on the 2016 Ford F150 test vehicle fire on I-80 out west when towing.

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Prototype Catches Fire, Burns in Desert
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Got to love the fear of change, aluminum. Funny how no one things twice about the bear can we call an airplane. I spent 20 years working with aluminum, and my car hood has been aluminum (Honda S2000) sence 2002.

So body shops need to figure out how to weld aluminum instead of steel, that's really the only change. Most work done in a collision center is working with plastic, the frame, or painting anyway. Body work isn't what it one was.
Hmmmm. I guess ill tell the guys at my shop that. Yes the metal is thinner and we have to replace alot, mainly because insurance companies wont pay what it takes to straighten stuff though. We still straighten A LOT of stuff. And yes there have been some aluminum panels In use for years.....04 on up f150 hoods, acadia and traverse hoods, some buick hoods, 14 and up gm hoods. They just usually get replaced instead of fixed unless they have a really little ding. The paintless dent repair guys cant do much with them either.

This is all getting straightened right now in our shop
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A Ford that got away , should have kept & not listened to the DW........... Too bad they don't make them like this any more

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But Ford's better Idea can burn to the ground in less than 22 Min's. See the attached article on the 2016 Ford F150 test vehicle fire on I-80 out west when towing.

2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Prototype Catches Fire, Burns in Desert

Another misconception I've seen a lot of different vehicles burn to the ground in less than that. Even a small fire in the engine compartment usually results in a total by the insurance companies.
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That wasn't the F150 test model. Super Duty. Big difference.
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