Did you ever wonder what a unitized body is? If you have been in a car accident you may be familiar with this term. ICC Collision Centers has the technology and experience to bring the unitized body back within factory specs in many cases. Many believe the unitized body is a new thing on only the newer cars, but that is far from the truth! The unitized body was actually discussed in a meeting that was held in Detroit MI in late October 1915. Engineers knew that making the car smaller and lighter, it would be possible to overcome the two main disadvantages of uni-body construction; high cost and body vibration. The following week, too much surprise 3,000 vehicles with unitized bodies were released on the market. The car was called the Ruler Frameless.
The body members were fashioned into tubular fore to give the metal the rigidity needed to go without a frame. The engine and suspension and members rested on a platform. By the 1930’s almost all cars were using the unitized body and by 1971 the last car with a separate chassis was discontinued. Although nearly all trucks, buses and pickups continue to use a separate frame as their chassis. The reason for this is the need for extra strength in these vehicles.
With new technology and the need for strength and performance in our vehicles the unibody is now the preferred construction for mass market vehicles and crossovers. With this design the vehicle weighs less, is easier to manufacture and provides more interior space. With energy prices soaring since the 70’s gas millage is extremely important. This was a huge improvement over the large SUV’s giving the public the space, strength and fuel economy the crossover is here to stay!
If you have happen to get into an auto accident, ICC Collision Centers has 6 locations to serve you! We have the technology and experience with unitized body to get you safely back on the road in no time!
ICC Collision Centers
3131 S Standard Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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