METAL BODY REPAIR - OD1653 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
panel or panels which is visible from the outside of the vehicle. Included
in the inner construction are all braces, brackets, panels, etc. that are
used to strengthen the vehicle body. A general assumption is that inner
construction cannot be seen from the outside of the vehicle.
(2) Body Construction. The main body components are shown in figure 1.
Cowl or dash panel assemblies for the front end of the body are usually
formed by assembling several smaller panels. These are the cowl upper panel
and the cowl side panels that are joined by welds into one solid unit. The
cowl extends upward around the entire windshield opening with the upper edge
of the cowl panel forming the front edge of the roof panel. Windshield
pillars are part of the cowl panel. They are the narrow sloping
constructions at either side of the windshield opening. The cowl is
sometimes referred to as the fire wall. The instrument panel is usually
considered part of the cowl panel.
FIGURE 1. MAJOR SEDAN BODY COMPONENTS.