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According to an article at icrautobody.com, “Auto Frame Work”
“If the frame’s bent, it’s a total” is an “old wives’ tale,” as long as your auto body shop has the know-how and equipment, like the experts at Portland’s International Collision Repair.
Things have changed since Uncle Charlie’s accident; both the cars and the auto body repair shops.
Your car probably doesn’t have an actual “frame.” Full-framed cars were phased out in the 1980’s and replaced by “unibody” vehicles. On older cars, the body was bolted down to a heavy, rigid, steel-rail structure, similar in appearance to a ladder. That was the car’s “frame.”
For many of the old shops, frames were difficult to repair and admittedly, sometimes the results weren’t pretty. They’d heat on it and beat on it to at least give the appearance it was fixed. They’d chain it down and then push, pull, sweat and swear until the body parts appeared to fit.
If it “eye-balled” okay and was “close enough” with a tape measure, they called it “good.” But sometimes the rear end wanted to go southwest while the front of the car would go south. That’s “dog tracking,” and that’s one sign that a frame might not be repaired properly.
In defense of the old body men, they did the best they could with the technology at the time. Think of it like doctors using only leeches and hot water. There’s only so much you could do.
With today’s “unibody” construction, heavy frame rails have been replaced with multiple layers of sheet metal built into the car’s body. The lighter weight design also incorporates “crumple zones” that absorb an impact instead of transferring it to the car’s occupants.
Modern auto body repair shops use state-of-the-art, computerized laser measurement systems that compare the specs of a damaged car to those of an undamaged car, showing the exact location and extent of the damage. The days of fixing cars using only tape measures and “eye balling” are long gone
A well-equipped auto body shop can repair unibody and frame damage to not only have the same appearance, but more importantly, the same structural integrity as it had before. In another accident, every part needs to do exactly what it was designed to do; your car needs to be safe.
A straight frame and unibody is the starting point for your car’s drivability as well. With the suspension, steering, drive train and other systems attached or directly related to the unibody, it has to be straight. It has to be right.”