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Old 07-22-2014, 05:09 AM
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Ford Aluminum Body

So I am pretty particular about my cars. My wife's X5 caught a car door at a baseball tournament for my oldest (nasty) and I closed my gate into my car. I have a great relationship with the manager at the local Ford dealership. He has done a lot of great work over the years and he was recently promoted manager. Anyhow, I am having him repair some dings. I was asking him about the new Ford aluminum body style and what he had to do to get ready for working on them.

Two of his guys had to go get trained for a few weeks. He spent $36k on equipment and building a clean room to prevent cross-contamination. He has had to remodel the shop to isolate the work being done on those vehicles versus the steel bodied cars. He did acknowledge that within 5-7 years he thought all the Ford vehicles would be headed the way of aluminum. Thought I would pass along a few interesting facts.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:47 AM
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Jaguar did this back in 06. Same crap same room blah blah blah they end up getting the initial business and then it's like everything else, everyone does them nothing special. NSX has been aluminum for ever. A dent is a dent the difference for me is if TIG welding will be needed at that point it will just be panel replacement.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:36 AM
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They should be happy! When an Aluminum vehicle rolls in they just need to dig through the trash, find a few beer cans and jb weld them into place. Problem Solved.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:02 PM
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J A dent is a dent
Not sure I would agree with that. My old '04 F150, that came with an aluminum hood, got significant hail damage at one point and the paintless dent removal guy wouldn't touch the hood. He said you can fix it, but it will often crack and then you would need filler and re-paint anyway, so it was cheaper to just put a new hood on it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:32 PM
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This has needed to be done for years. Aluminum vehicles will be a God send in the rust belt states where rust is a way of life. All they have to worry about now will be the frames and hardware.
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:34 PM
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Jaguar did this back in 06. Same crap same room blah blah blah they end up getting the initial business and then it's like everything else, everyone does them nothing special. NSX has been aluminum for ever. A dent is a dent the difference for me is if TIG welding will be needed at that point it will just be panel replacement.
Didn't Ford own Jaguar when they did aluminum in 06?
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