• |
  • |
  • Aluminum Repair Tool Manufacturers Bullish on 2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum Repair Tool Manufacturers Bullish on 2015 Ford F-150

Feb 4, 2014
A major change in an industry presents new issues, but also presents new opportunities, and the high volume of production expected for the 2015 Ford F-150 is expected to be a boon for companies that make specialized aluminum repair tools for body shops, Automotive News reports. Up to this point, only a select few premium models had aluminum bodies, like Audi, Range Rover, Jaguar and a handful of others. But with hundreds of thousands of aluminum-bodied F-150 trucks expected on the road once the truck launches, there will be substantial demand from both dealers with in-house body shops, as well as independent repair facilities.
There are multiple new requirements for dealerships and repair facilities that work on aluminum bodies. However, Ford is making some concessions to dealerships by waiving the requirement for a completely separate "clean room" and just recommending a curtained-off work area for the aluminum body. It's important to keep aluminum and steel separated to prevent possible galvanic corrosion.
Eurovac, a small manufacturer of specialized vacuum and air extractors based in Concord, Ontario, which currently has 25 employees, expects that number to grow substantially in the years ahead. Rob Retter of Eurovac calls the new F-150 "the biggest thing in the history of our company." Ford is requiring the purchase of a specialized vacuum to remove aluminum dust from shop floors. The Eurovac II vacuum model costs $10,125.
Car-O-Liner, a manufacturer of frame and chassis repair equipment, sells a full complement of parts and equipment for aluminum body repair, and is also expected to be a major beneficiary of the Ford F-150's move to an aluminum body.
Source: Automotive News

2015 Ford F-150 Specifications

VIEW ALL
Fair Market Price $25,309
MSRP $25,800
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 18 City / 25 Highway
Engine 3.5L V6
Horse Power 283 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm
See all Specifications

MOST POPULAR

Truck Trend Network

TRUCK RESEARCH SNAPSHOT

Ford F 150

Fair Market Price
$25,309
Editors' Overall Rating
Basic Specifications
MSRP: $25,800
Mileage: 18 / 25
Engine: 3.5L V6
get a free quote

Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truckin
Magazine

PRINT DIGITAL
SUBSCRIBE TO A MAGAZINE
TO TOP