Passenger-Car Bodies-Their Design and Development
Published January 1, 1952 by SAE International in United States
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THE main steps to be taken in the design and development of an automobile body are outlined here.
First, the art department, given the principal dimensions, produces several design studies for further consideration. Next after the necessary modifications are made, scale models are formed of wood and clay.
Later, a full-size clay model is built up, from which full-size layouts can be drawn. Next, a full-size mockup is made, from which full-size drafts are made on aluminum sheets painted white.
The lines on these drafts are used to make templates, from which mahogany die models are made of each part of the body. These models are then used in cutting the dies.