We all are wondering how Cadillac, or Ford, or Chevrolet manufacture limo truck? This article will discuss the process of limo. First, the manufacturers such as Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, or Infinity do not make any stretched limousines. These limo trucks are made by coach builders who alter the trucks to make the limo truck. So here are the steps how a limo truck is made
Coach Builder & Buyer Discuss Limo Truck Build
The prospective buyer of this conversion contacts the coach builder for the desired limousine conversion. In the initial meeting, the coach builder identifies the buyer’s intent, financial budget and cost for this conversion. The coach builder will also identify the length of the conversion. The conversions range from 120inches all the way up to 220inches. The cost of a longer limousine will be more compared to the conventional 120inch stretched vehicle. Trucks which are cut up and extended beyond 120inch will require beefier suspension and braking upgrades. The coach builder and prospective buyer will also identify type of seating, stitch type, leather or vinyl, electrical control types and total ice bars. The bars can be fabricated from wood or acrylic and many components such as partition can be made from wood, acrylic or a hybrid partition. Once they have agreed to the interior, exterior color and length of the limousine. The coach builder will provide an estimated quote for this conversion.
From concept to design to build comes in many steps. The design is set up, and all the component builders come to a meeting where the build is discussed. The building begins with disassembly, cutting, measuring beams, cutting, welding and assembly of the shell.
Disassembly, Cut,Weld, and Prepare The Shell
The interior is removed, some windows glass ids removed, drive shafts are disconnected from axle. The truck is then cut with a blade from end to end on a stretcher. Once the truck is cut into 2 pieces, the rear piece is stretched to rear. The frame beams are now cut and welded in between the existing frame rail and welded in place. While the beams are being welded, the crew has to keep ensure the vehicle is as straight as possible. After the shell is put together, the suspension and brake systems are upgraded as to the length of stretching. Once the shell suspension is completed, the center panel is matched to the body contour lines and placed in between the cut. This center panel can be flat or even have jet doors. Once the shell of truck is completed with suspension, the limousine is now going be wired by an electrician.
The electrician will wire up the limo, extending the electric harness and wire up the partition, rear air conditioner unit, rear television and neon lighting. The extra power draw usually also requires and extra battery and an upgraded alternator system. The key to a build is having a talented electrician working on the build. Additionally, the electrician should create an electrical diagram for future repairs and upgrades. Once the electrical work is completed, the interior seating, and paint prep work is next.
The seats are usually made by upholstery crew, and the seat frame is welded by the welding team. Then working closely, the seats are mounted over the seat frames into the limo truck. Once all the interior is completed, the limousine will be prepared to the pain shop.
Since the limo was cut up, the center panels are all new including any new jet doors. The shop will mask and tape the truck and prime and paint the new panels. After the limousine is painted, the newly painted panels will be wet sanded from 800 grit sand all the way to 5000 grit for ultimate shine.
The build can take up to 4-6 months from order to completion limo build.
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