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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

1955 Circa

Plastic body fillers are introduced; one of the early brand names, is “Bondo.”  Prior to this time, lead was required to fill small imperfections in sheet metal.  But by about 1955, health and environmental issues raised with the use of lead spelled its demise.  Plastic fillers were easier to use, enabling the shop to make a cheap and fast repair.  The problem however, was that the plastic fillers sometimes fell off the car, prompting either a re-do of the repair, or a very angry customer – or both.  The chemical composition of plastic body fillers has greatly improved since 1955.

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