Daily Archives: February 8, 2012
Normally after I write an estimate I find out within a few days if I got the job. Sometimes it might take a week, but rarely does it go beyond that. Usually if I don’t hear back from a customer within a week or so, I’m pretty sure I didn’t land the job. Hey, it happens to the best of us.
But every now and then you get job like this Tahoe. I wrote the estimate on this truck a month ago and, having not heard a thing from the owner, had long since given this job up for dead. But today, out of the blue, it rolls into the parking lot, ready for repair. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. The owner did call me on his way to the shop to tell me he was bringing it over.
It is jobs like this that separate the men from the boys. I already had a full week worth of work scheduled, but this a fairly quick and easy repair. I looked over the truck and compared the work to be done to the number of hands I had available in the shop … and decided to go for the gusto. The owner left the keys and I made some phone calls.
Luckily all the parts were in stock so starting at 10:30 this morning Mike and Jordan began ripping the Tahoe apart. The Tahoe had hit an animal and needed a new front bumper and a tiny little repair on the left fender. After Mike and Jordan removed the bumper, Mike began repairing the fender using one of our precision body tools … a hammer.
The impact pooched the fender out a bit just in front of the wheel so after pounding it back, more or less, into the proper place, body filler was smeared over the spot, and after it dried, sanded smooth.
The guys really honked on this truck and it was almost no time before it was ready to be primed. The first picture shows the truck masked so the repaired area could be primed.
While Mike and Jordan worked on the fender repair the new bumper showed up. It was quickly sanded, along with the rest of the fender, to seal everything up and make it ready for paint. You can see the bumper and fender after the sealer was applied in the second and third photos. The last two photos show the truck, and bumper, after the application of paint and clear.
We really hustled on this truck, and along with the quick delivery of parts, we were nearly able to turn this truck in one day. Nearly. Had it been a hot summer day, when the paint would have dried a little faster, and we had gotten an earlier start, we might have just made it. As it is, a cold and damp winter day, and a late morning start, we didn’t have time to let the paint dry properly before slipping the bumper back on the truck. Oh well … we’ll put the bumper on the truck in the morning. I wasn’t willing to risk compromising the quality of the repair just to meet some arbitrary deadline.
While it would have been cool to brag to all my body shop friends that I was able to turn this job in one day, I know the customer will remember the quality of the repair long after he has forgotten how quickly I was able to make the repair.
The first two pictures show Mike blocking smooth the seams where the glovebox was closed up, a modification performed by Murphy Rod & Custom, to give the dash a smooth, cut free, appearance. Closing up the dash opening like that takes away a little storage, but you get back a lot of coolness … and cool buys a lot.
The remainder of the pictures are of the general dent repair going on, the removal of nearly fifty years of bumps, bruises and scrapes this car has received.
Because for the various primers and fillers, the car looks kind of like it has the mange, or measles … but once the paint goes on … then you will see.