The Department of Transportation opens collision demonstrations to the public and press for the first time. A 1982 Volvo is crashed into a fixed barrier and two domestic cars (brands un-named) collide together. The purpose of the demonstr...
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Tucker automobile is introduced with a number of passenger safety features that were quite advanced for its day including seat belts, roll-bar, crash-frame around the entire car, a padded dashboard, and an interior free of protruding or sharp obj...
Monday, January 20, 2014
WWII rages across Europe. The Sikkens paint factory in Sassenheim, Netherlands comes under fire. It stands between German paratroopers and Dutch defenders. The factory is hit during an air raid and an ensuing fire causes extensive damage. Paint produ...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The United States enters WWII and Sherwin-Williams is ready to help the cause with a newly-constructed $37 million facility and a workforce of 6,000. The US was building warships – which needed paint - and Sherwin-Williams provided it. Over 400...
Friday, January 10, 2014
DuPont introduces a clear, acrylic polymer called Lucite, as a direct competitor to Plexiglass. Among other things, Lucite was used to make nose cones for WWII bombers. In liquid form, Lucite becomes an automotive refinish lacquer replacing the older...
Sunday, January 5, 2014
DuPont created Duco lacquer in 1920, and introduced it on the 1924 Oakland. In the summer of 1929, they were still trying to improve it, to make it more spreadable for furniture use. In the process, DuPont chemists created a whole new product, &ndash...
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole announces that all cars made after September 1, 1985 must have an eye-level, center-mounted brake light. The move is expected to eliminate 40,000 injuries and $434 million in property damage per year.
Monday, December 9, 2013
An editorial appearing in a collision industry trade magazine in the summer of 1982 asked shop owners to clean up their facility, make it look neat, clean and professional to attract walk-in customers. The article noted that many shop owners say that...
Thursday, December 5, 2013
DuPont records $2.4 billion in sales, more than any other chemical company at the time; one-third higher than it’s nearest competitor, ICI. Through the 1960’s DuPont produces a dizzying array of products with increasing retail awareness. ...
Monday, December 2, 2013
Up to this point, over a million Americans had died on the nation’s roads and highways. The general consensus was that it was all on account of driver error and / or that the drivers in question were not following the laws. Surely, it was thoug...
Sunday, December 1, 2013