METAL BODY REPAIR - OD1653 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
(9) In these cases, the frame will have to be reinforced. For
additional information on repair of frames, consult TB 9230024740.
Figure 4 (on the previous page) shows a military truck chassis which is a
standard frame for the cargo body, shop van body, tanker, repair van body of
the 2 1/2 ton, 6 x 6 truck.
Metal Body Trim and Hardware
a. General. In the vehicle body, window openings are unsightly when viewed
from the inside. They must have decorative trim to give them a finished
appearance. In the vehicle body, finishing touches which are put on the
outside as well as the inside are called either trim or hardware. On
sedans, in addition to providing eye appeal, some trim is functional as well
as decorative and contributes to the comfort and convenience of the
b. Trim. Moldings, floormats, armrests, head linings, door trim pads, and
weatherstripping are known as trim.
c. Hardware. Door handles, window regulator handles, locks and window
regulators, latches, hinges, seats, and seat adjustments are known as
d. Grilles. Grilles are sometimes referred to as trim. This would make it
the largest single unit of trim. Grilles are usually made from several
pieces of steel which are fastened together by nuts and bolts or by welding.
In some cases, grilles are made from cast aluminum, white metal alloy,
stainless steel, and steel stampings. On combat type vehicles, the grille
is referred to as a brush guard. This grille (3/4 ton and over) is made
from lowcarbon steel stock and welded in place to form one single unit.
The 1/4 ton vehicle grille is a one piece steel stamping bolted in place.
Grilles are usually fastened in place by bolts which attach it to the front
fenders. Brackets and supports are also provided which anchor it to the
frame. Grilles are also fabricated from fiberglass and laminated material.
(1) Passenger car moldings are used freely both inside and out.
Moldings differ in type and style