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Old Mon 01/13/2014, 05:20 PM #21
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Me neither. Maybe a few decades ago, but Aluminum isn't exotic or hard to manufacture/work with these days. Big deal. My problem would be not being able to stick my magnetic beer coozie to the side of my truck
Very true, but if this is Ford's first car with aluminium body panels, one could say that some Ford body shops might not have the technical expertise to do said repairs.
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Welding aluminum is a pain in the ass from what I hear
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Only if you aren't very good at welding.
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Welding aluminum is a pain in the ass from what I hear
I'll let the grease monkeys worry about that
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now all of the meth head scrappers will be stealing fenders and tailgates instead of gutters and siding.
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a bit ni55erish?
I like what I see with the new F-150 (other than that it's supposedly grew in dimensions) but that shit looks like it came off of a Flex.
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The numbers I read said it would cost Ford ~$1,500 to do the truck in Aluminum. Since they are all panels that would get replaced in a collision anyways, I can't see it costing a lot more.
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10 percent of the country's 30,000 independent repair shops are certified to work with aluminum.

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No extra cost there.
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With all the EPA regs coming up concerning fuel economy those shops better start training their people to deal with new shit.
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With all the EPA regs coming up concerning fuel economy those shops better start training their people to deal with new shit.
Cars are becoming disposable after even a minor accident. Modern vehicles just can't be repaired to be like new again.
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Very true, but if this is Ford's first car with aluminium body panels, one could say that some Ford body shops might not have the technical expertise to do said repairs.
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Cars are becoming disposable after even a minor accident. Modern vehicles just can't be repaired to be like new again.
I witnessed an accident the otherday that looked like the dude in the car should have been dead 10 times over. Driver got out and assessed the damage and called 911 I assume. Total loss but amazing safety.
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With the top selling vehicle on earth going to aluminum panels I'm sure a lot of people will take the time to get that unnecessary certification.
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who really gives a shit about body repair cost when buying a new vehicle?
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I'm sure the world is going to end.
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16.1 M new vehicles sold in 2013

700K of them being F Series trucks....4% and only 10% of shops equipped to work aluminum. Hmmm.....
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Change is coming to the shops.
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16.1 M new vehicles sold in 2013

700K of them being F Series trucks....4% and only 10% of shops equipped to work aluminum. Hmmm.....
Equipped is not the same as certified. You bolt and glue body panels in place now. Nobody fixes dents. Take a look at an F150. Find a body part you have to do welding to replace. Go learn to weld aluminum - you'll see it's as easy as sheet steel. It just takes a different wire and knob setting in the MIG world.
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Nearly every single manufacturer has models that already use aluminum hoods, fenders, lift gates, etc.

So now that all those pieces are on 1 vehicle the world end?
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Nearly every single manufacturer has models that already use aluminum hoods, fenders, lift gates, etc.

So now that all those pieces are on 1 vehicle the world end?
Girl at work got hail damage on her IS - aluminum hood, roof, and trunk lid. They stuck new bits in place just like they were steel, she paid her $500 deductible, the total bill was about what you'd expect
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