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Welcome My Friends Today’s Post is about Auto Collision Frame Alignment Equipment and to show you a few examples of What we go through to Repair your Vehicles back to there original specifications whether it be a brand new Mercedes Benz with uni body construction or a Full size Truck with a Full Frame
Keep in mind the same Procedures our shop uses when Rebuilding Classic cars and replacing METAL panels to insure your Classic car is welded , fitted properly along with close attention to door and quarter panel gaps while we re construct to original condition.
It all starts out with a Print out from the Data base of the original build measurements of the vehicle unless its a older classic car and measurements are not available what we do then is set up a blank sheet and run measurements of the existing vehicle confirm that its square
center line is on thats is a center line that Runs thru the middle of the car the next step would be to check datum height that is up and down specifications along with checking wheel base and all steering points after all the lower measurements are complete the final step is to check all outer body sheetlmetal .
above picture is of a Chief measuring system this system measures as many points as you set up and continuously measures throughout the repair process this is very helpful to see the repair and watch other crucial points to see the damage being removed as the corrective Pulls are made .
Above is a Car -o-liner Mark 5 rack one of my favorite tools of the trade very cool simply because its a piece of precision steel with a machined true surface to jig the cars and access to all suspension is easy along with this Frame Machine went from 0 – to 6ft so weather you were working on the roof or the underside it was readily available .
My shop has completed over 15,000 collision Wrecks we have 3 frame machines and also owned a fleet of tow trucks .
On the newer cars we often find that the engine cradle its a square box that bolts into the lower frame rails to support the engine and suspension many times we have to R7I the engine with cradle and install I new one . Due to miss alignment during impact.
I hope Today’s Post is about Auto Collision Frame Alignment gave you a better Picture of what it takes to put your car back to Pre- loss condition and gives you a sense of relief that when you use our Collision services you are in good hands
Down Draft Paint Booth and Paint Mixing Room
This is my last spray booth install its a 28 ft by 14 ft Down Draft Bake Booth with 3 ” walls it will ramp up to 165 degrees with a 1.5 million direct fired gas heater you can really speed up the drying cycle .Normally we paint @ 80 degrees and with a variable speed Freak drive on the exhaust side you are able to adjust the flow of air movement as the filters get dirty on the exhaust side the operator can speed up the motor allowing for positive pressure at all times to keep dust from entering the booth .
This was the far best investment I made for the booth its called a Chisum air bag lift for painting it operates with a airbag so its safe for the spray booth environment it made painting full paint jobs a pleasure
hope you enjoyed the post on Down Draft Paint Booth and Paint Mixing Room
1970 Camaro Classic Auto Restoration
This 1973 Camaro Auto Restoration came into Palm Beach Customs.
This story of a classic Camaro was unlike most other classic cars of its age. It is a one owner car with only 50,000 original miles – that’s about 1200 miles a year; that car was in very good shape for its age. It didn’t need a full frame of auto restoration . However the owner John (his real name) has had the car since new and took very good care of her. Originally from Illinois, John moved here to Fort Myers, Florida. And one sunny day while driving the Camaro, accident – but not that bad, for the car suffered no frame damage. After assessing the damage, the car just needing some sheet metal front fender and radiator support replacement along with new chrome bumper and grille parts.
Here are some before pictures below:
Once we brought the car in for an estimate and had a complete parts list, we contacted State Farm Insurance Company to come to our shop and write their estimate. Keep in mind that the car is now over 40 years old and you can’t call General Motors to order these parts from inventory! So, after some hunting around, we decided that Classic Industries was a good choice for the parts needed.
Here are a few more pictures of the shop taking all chrome and moldings off the car while prepping and removing any small dents that were in the panels from the 40 years of history the car has. Keep in mind this was a rust free car!
We met with the insurance company for the initial damage estimate – where it needed a new front bumper fender and lights. But, after getting into the restoration process and looking at it, we found that there was a little more damage than what was originally thought upon initial inspection. Once we disassembled the car and submitted a supplement along with a re-inspection for State Farm insurance company. We showed them that it needed a new radiator support and a few more parts with additional paint times needed.
Once we figured out what State Farm Insurance was willing to pay for, John and I came to an agreement that if we painted (half of the car) it would never look like the original classic car that it really is. Back in the 1970s the autos were refinished with single stage lacquer paints – with out clear coatings. Today’s paints are far superior – made up of a urethane base and high-solids urethane clear coats.
Here are some pictures of the restoration in progress of what we did after deciding what was best for the car:
We opted to restore the entire car for a classic finish.
We were able to use Classic industries, as they specializes in Auto restoration parts for the muscle cars of Gm , Ford , Mopar. They are located in California so it was about 10 days for the parts to come in and we had the complete order in house with no mistakes.
The door rubbers were like new, the nuts and bolts came off with ease – it was like working on a king’s tomb untouched. Once all the body work was done this auto restoration preceded into the paint refinish stages: Four coats of brown metallic color applied over the entire body and finally many coats of high solids urethane clear coat. The final coats of clear were flat sanded with 2000/3000 grit wets and paper and buffed to a high gloss shine.
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In Need of Auto Body? Smart move to use an ASE Certified and Factory Authorized Shop
You are in the right spot. Here at Palm Beach Customs we have been providing the best in Collision Repair.
Welcome to Our Clients
If you are in need of an insurance estimate rest assured our Auto Body Estimators have tens of thousands of hours in hands on experience in Repairing Your car. At Palm Beach we do things the Old Fashion way. We believe in order to preform a quality repair. Our Auto Body Techs must be involved in every step of the way .
It is very simple, we love what we do, it is our passion. Each car will have the same tech assigned to your car and will tear down your car, write your estimate, preform all body and frame work and then the same tech will follow your car into paint department.
Rest assured that your car will be Repaired to Factory Specifications and we don’t settle for Used Parts or Aftermarket when we are Repairing Your Car or Truck. There is only one correct way to repair a car. If you want it correct you are at the right place.
At Palm Beach Customs we use the best auto paints in the industry for a perfect color match. We put the same amount of effort in your collision repair that we use in all our restoration work. Take a look at some of our award winning Classic and Muscle car restorations through out our website and decide for yourself who you want working on your vehicle ?
We take pride in the cleanliness of our entire shop and in keeping your car clean through out the entire process.
So, keep us in mind when you’re looking for an ASE certified auto body shop!
When you are looking for a Collision Repair in SWFL and the Fort Myers surrounding areas you need to ask your self some smart questions. Simply taking your car to any shop in the area is not a smart move. Please read on i’m going to go against the grain here and educate a bit on what has happened in the Auto Body Industry. With out rambling on for too long im just going to cut to the facts quickly. I have been in the business as a shop owner since 1980 ( 33 years as of now) and my shop originally was up north. Like most all of us seeking a warmer climate moved to Swfl. I ran what people would call a state of the art shop. We were known as the Heavy hit Collision Repair specialists. We had 6 tow trucks towing for the police at all times and pulled in some pretty mangled up cars and trucks. Along with two Car-o-liner Uni-body Frame machines with measuring we also had a drive on rack for the trucks that came in. In the earlier days the shops had a better handle on the repairs and worked for the customer providing a service (like it should be) and negotiating with the major insurance companies on how your car repair should be done (Amica, Nationwide, Allstate, Geico, Progressive). That was before you heard of Direct Repair Shops.
What happened originally is all the auto body shops that were starving for work signed up as “direct repair “ and thought it was their answser for bad marketing. They liked the idea of work coming in with little effort. They did not realize they would be making concessions in how (your ) car will be repaired. The insurance company wanted to control costs so they fed the auto body shops their customers. Directly this caused all sorts of problems and anti steering laws were created and adjusted because it benefited the insurance company to send the consumer to their “preferred shops” so they can tell the shops how to fix the cars and keep their cost down. This is not a good idea when you are fixing a car to pre-loss condition. For the simple fact the insurance company will push used parts and aftermarket (non OEM) on the shops that they are feeding. I hope you get the picture that that is not the proper way to fix your vehicle after its been in an accident. You deserve new original equipment parts (OEM ) and that is exactly how we repair the cars to pre-loss condition at our shop. We don’t settle for used quarter panels and used parts and many times it is actually cheaper to do the job correct the first time. Period end of discussion and I hope you can see the difference on your Mercedes Benz, BMW or Ford f150. We fix them all and it sure makes a difference in the quality of the repair when the shop is using new OEM parts and not used (LKQ) replacement parts.
The other aspect I will touch on is the shop you pick to repair your car should be a careful decision. I recommend using a shop where the owner is on the job and one person works on your car this way the tech is updated with every aspect .Why? Well, if one person is working on your car taking it apart and writing the estimate along with ordering the parts your best interest (the car will ) have all procedures completed properly. No middle men, no mistakes, just a good quality repair from a trained Icar certified collision tech. When there are to many hands in the project mistakes are made and you do not get the same quality repair.
I hope this helps you with the basics of picking a good repair shop your auto body needs .
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Palm Beach Customs no longer focuses on collision repair...but we like to show you what we've done!
Our experience with collision has given us an intimate knowledge of how to ensure that your classic and muscle car is built to look good AND be safe.
Get in touch with us to learn more about our services or if you would like to work with us on your classic and muscle car.
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