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Rivet Bonding Comes Full Blast

By now, most of you have heard the news that Ford has mainstreamed rivet bonding with the introduction of the 2015 F-150. This has forced many shops to look into some new equipment, such as self piercing rivet guns (or SPR guns). The cost of this...

Don't Forget the Small Things!

In a letter penned to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, ol’ Ben had it mostly right. The way I see it, nothing can be said to be certain, exce...

Detours: It's Good to Be Here

As many of you know, part of my job involves traveling around the country to participate in industry events. One of the by-products of that travel is the columns I write about the unique shops and vehicles I find along the way. This time, for once...

Don't Forget the Small Things!

In a letter penned to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, ol’ Ben had it mostly right. The way I see it, nothing can be said to be certain, exce...

It's Time for NACE/CARS!

Well, it’s time to pack our bags and head to our very own collision trade show. Yep, NACE/CARS is here for 2014. I have to tell you that I’ve been involved in much of the planning, and I can assure you that ASA has developed and organiz...

What Are Your Top Five Repairs?

You want to hear a great horror story? Ask a collision shop owner. Most of them start with, “Remember that car we worked on…?” You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, everyone has a few of those stories. What’s the big deal?” But the story ...

It's Time for NACE/CARS!

Well, it’s time to pack our bags and head to our very own collision trade show. Yep, NACE/CARS is here for 2014. I have to tell you that I’ve been involved in much of the planning, and I can assure you that ASA has developed and organiz...

What Are Your Top Five Repairs?

You want to hear a great horror story? Ask a collision shop owner. Most of them start with, “Remember that car we worked on…?” You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, everyone has a few of those stories. What’s the big deal?” But the story ...

Are You Missing the Boat?

Changes in automotive repairs are coming at a very rapid pace. Most people don’t like change. Change in the repair industry can lead to some problems in areas such as equipment and training. The one thing that’s always guaranteed in t...

Have You Had Your Fiber?

We’ve been hearing about car manufacturers increasing their use of carbon fiber. This talk seems to be coming to fruition as they scramble to meet the new government mandates on CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy). Products once only thought ...

Don't Forget the Small Things!

In a letter penned to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, ol’ Ben had it mostly right. The way I see it, nothing can be said to be certain, exce...

It's Time for NACE/CARS!

Well, it’s time to pack our bags and head to our very own collision trade show. Yep, NACE/CARS is here for 2014. I have to tell you that I’ve been involved in much of the planning, and I can assure you that ASA has developed and organiz...

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