LIGHTWEIGHTING poses repair challenges
- Magazine Feature Article
Aluminum panels for automotive application are nothing new. They've been used for hoods and decklids for many years, particularly when an automaker needed to shave a few pounds to fit a vehicle into a particular emissions class. And a number of luxury cars have had some models with bodies almost entirely of aluminum, such as
The F-150 retains a steel frame to go with its aluminum panels, but the amount of aluminum and the associated technology that enabled it will require new tools and techniques for the body shop. Wait, what about the aluminum body luxury cars? How have they been repaired?