Racing & Performance

What’s Different about Aluminum Repair?

What’s Different about Aluminum Repair?

Differences in Aluminum and Steel Can Impact the Repair Process and the Results

Technical Tips from Shawn Collins, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Technical Expert

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Have you heard about the 2015 Aluminum F-150? Of course you have, unless you’ve been living in a paint booth somewhere. Aluminum is the topic du jour and the hype is only escalating.

The collision repair industry has been through significant changes before and has weathered the storm just fine. Need I remind you of the unitized structure, waterborne paint, ultra-high strength steels and Lean Manufacturing? Early adopters and shops that have been adjusting to these curve balls as they came along will have little difficulty making aluminum repairs mainstream. For shops that have not adjusted as the industry changed it may take a little more time and investment, but now would be a good time to make those upgrades.

Collision Repair Shops Finding Endless Applications for 3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Sander

Collision Repair Shops Finding Endless Applications for
3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Sander

Technicians Are Experiencing Huge Benefits in Work with High-Strength Steel

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Collision repair body technicians are experiencing huge time and cost savings with 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division’s 3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Tool. With many of today’s automotive panels being constructed of high-strength steel, traditional ways of removing spot welds with drill bits during disassembly is now more expensive, time-consuming and harder on the technician. With the 3M Cubitron II File Belt Tool, that process is now easier and faster, saving both time and money.

Oh Hail! Don’t Let Hail Season Slow Your Repair Time

Oh Hail! Don’t Let Hail Season Slow Your Repair Time

3M™ Dynamic Mixing System Speeds Hail Dent Repair with More Efficient Filler Delivery System

Technicians Can Fill 100 Hail Dents in Less than 15 Minutes

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Hail season is sweeping the country with violent storms, and without a doubt, auto body repair shops will be busy repairing the damage. Collision shops are challenged to balance the workload and maximize profits but still deliver quality repairs and eliminate waste. Every minute spent mixing, cleaning and reworking repairs represents dollars down the drain.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has a better solution for hail damage repairs -- stop mixing and start fixing!

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Revolutionizes Heavy Duty Metalworking Process with an Expanded Lineup of Cutting and Grinding Products featuring 3M™ Cubitron II™ Technology

3M™ Automotive Aftermarket Division Revolutionizes Heavy Duty Metalworking Process
with an Expanded Lineup of Cutting and Grinding Products featuring
3M™ Cubitron II™ Technology

3M Cubitron II Technology for Weld Removal, Grinding, Paint Removal and Panel Cutting/Sectioning Helps Collision Repair Professionals Work Faster, More Efficiently

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Heavy duty metalworking can take its toll on tools, abrasive products and the collision repair professionals who use them. Key steps of the disassembly process like weld removal, grinding, panel cutting/sectioning and paint removal quickly wear down traditional abrasive discs and file belts, which means technicians have to repeatedly stop and replace them, and the limited life means technicians have to exert more effort to achieve the desired results.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Launches New Series of Standard Operating Procedures for Aluminum Repairs

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Launches New
Series of Standard Operating Procedures for Aluminum Repairs

3M Provides Products and Solutions for High-Strength Aluminum Repairs

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – With more high-strength aluminum showing up in cars, repairs have become more challenging. More importantly, there is a lot of confusion and misinformation in the marketplace.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has the answer with a new set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) -- along the products and tools to go with them -- to tackle these jobs in an efficient and cost effective way. These new SOPs can be found online at 3MCollision.com/sops.

Light Duty Pickup Owners Now Have An In-Bed Refueling Tank To Fit Their Needs!

Introducing Transfer Flow’s 40 gallon refueling tank for light duty pickups. The 40 gallon refueling tank allows you to manually fuel your ATV, boat, lawn equipment, vehicle and more. This fuel system comes standard with a 12-volt refueling pump, wiring harness with cab-mounted power switch, 12-foot hose and fuel nozzle, mounting hardware, and locking fuel cap. For added convenience, the tank comes pre-assembled, and the tank’s height allows it to fit under a tonneau bed cover.

Tank tough and time tested based on more than 30 years of engineering expertise: the 40 gallon refueling tank is made from 12-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and corrosion resistance, and is baffled on all four sides to reduce fuel slosh. The fuel tank is powder coated black with the option of a high-end spray-on coating for additional durability.

Transfer Flow Introduces 40 Gallon Refueling Tank For Light Duty Ford Pickups

Introducing Transfer Flow’s 40 gallon refueling tank for light duty pickups. The 40 gallon refueling tank allows you to manually fuel your ATV, boat, lawn equipment, vehicle and more. This fuel system comes standard with a 12-volt refueling pump, wiring harness with cab-mounted power switch, 12-foot hose and fuel nozzle, mounting hardware, and locking fuel cap. For added convenience, the tank comes pre-assembled, and the tank’s height allows it to fit under tonneau bed covers.

Tank tough and time tested based on more than 30 years of engineering expertise: the 40 gallon refueling tank is made from 12-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and corrosion resistance, and is baffled on all four sides to reduce fuel slosh. The fuel tank is powder coated black with the option of a high-end spray-on coating for additional durability.

Radar Tires Class 10 Buggy on Display at SEMA

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (October 30, 2014) – Less than two weeks before the SCORE International 47th Annual Tecate Baja 1000, the No. 1031 Radar Tires Class 10 Alumni Craft Buggy will try its luck in Las Vegas during the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show on Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Co-driven by Mike Johnson, Mike Majesky and Brent Fletcher, the No. 1031 Radar Tires Class 10 Racing Buggy is one of the main attractions of the SCORE International Baja 1000 Experience in Booth V426. The buggy displayed is the same racing machine that won the 2013 Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (MORE) New Years 200 and back-to-back SCORE Baja 500 races (2013-2014) for a total of six podium finishes in eight races.

Race Ramps to Introduce Four New Products at SEMA Show 2014

ESCANABA, MI – Oct. 31, 2014 – Race Ramps by Brute Technologies (Booth #21215) will introduce four new products at the 2014 SEMA Show that were created based on a combination of the past year’s most in-demand, custom designed projects. Known for their line of 100-plus ramp and display products, Race Ramps also provides a tailored approach to applications which require a custom design. Looking over the past year’s design requests, Race Ramps introduces new products which offer a solution to today’s most popular applications.

A 20-time SEMA Global Media Award Winner, Brute Technologies’ patented 100% solid core construction of the ramps provides strength, durability and versatility - all while being lightweight for easy transport and maneuverability. All ramps are finished with a durable coating which prevents slipping, sliding or scooting on any surface. The ramps will not scratch or mark-up floors.

Car Lift Ramp (RR-CLR-4)
MSRP $695.00

MAHLE Motorsports Introduces Porsche 944/968 PowerPak Plus Pistons

Fletcher, NC… November 4, 2014 –As the main supplier to Porsche from original equipment to their Formula 1 race efforts, it’s no wonder MAHLE Motorsports pistons are in such high demand from the discerning Porsche enthusiast. Designed to the exacting standards that Porsche owners have come to expect from MAHLE, they are triple coated first with a phosphate dry film to protect the pin bores from galling. Next, MAHLE’s proprietary anti-friction Grafal® coating is applied to the 2618 alloy slipper skirt forgings and then finally, to withstand the higher cylinder temperatures and pressures associated with a highly tuned Porsche engine, the top ring grooves are hard anodized to protect against micro-welding.

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