National Collision

April 2014 Collision Tool & Equipment Auto Notes

Celette dedicated fixture system for Ford vehicles

     Lombard, Ill. — Celette’s (www.celette.com) dedicated fixture system is an approved repair method on a wide variety of Ford Motor Company vehicles, including 2004 to present Ford F-150s.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Las Vegas—Each year at NACE and the SEMA Show, paint companies roll out the latest additions and enhancements to their product lines. Parts & People spoke with three manufacturers and followed up with them about what’s new in their lineups. Axalta Coating Systems previewed its new...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
San Jose, Calif.—Within the walls of the 100,000-square-foot Arseen Auto Body lie not one, but two complete collision repair shops. A key to Arseen’s success was the addition of a Fast Track department some six years ago. A shop within a shop, Fast Track has dedicated tear down, prep,...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Jacksonville, Fla.—With an increasing number of electronic control modules controlling systems for anything from vehicle stability control to entertainment systems, a fault in one system can easily affect another. Those faults may not even trigger a dash light or be able to be accessed by an...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Palm Springs, Calif.—A recent industry meeting was organized to discuss how to get more OEM structural repair procedures into collision repairers’ hands more easily. But the discussion during at least a portion of that meeting turned to a very different question: Are collision repairers...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Palm Springs, Calif.—For body shop owners, the odds of having a workplace safety inspection are higher than usual right now. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stepped up inspections of body shops nationwide as part of a three-year emphasis (until mid-2016) on...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
When the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup hits the street this fall, many collision repairers will need new skills and new equipment. That’s because it’s the first high-volume vehicle to use a body made with aluminum. Save for the firewall, which will be made using Quiet Steel, the entire body (...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
For its 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Program (see related story on page C-2) Ford is requiring shops to have tools and work areas specific to aluminum repair. The reason is simple, said Toby Chess, I-CAR instructor and member of the SCRS Education Committee. “There are all types of airborne...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Englewood, Colo.—Garmat USA announced that its AlumaSAFE Aluminum Repair Stations have been officially included in Ford Motor Company’s 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Program. The AlumaSAFE 50 aluminum repair station offers basic isolation for the aluminum repair process.  The unit is...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
Talk to former shop owners who have sold their business and they are likely to tell you that preparing to sell is something you should start years or even decades before you ever plan to make that move. “If you’re in business, you need to be in business to sell your business,”...
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:11
It’s a dramatic visual, complete with tense orchestral music: viewed from below, a watermelon in slow motion is propelled toward a steering wheel, the airbag fully deploying just before the melon hits, with the descriptor, “this is your airbag on time.” In the next scene,...
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