American Truck Group, LLC is pleased to offer repair on all makes and models of program vehicles.
Our body shop is equipped with different tools and techniques to repair from a range of high-tech cabs to simple classic cabs.
Truckers can prevent some semi body repair by having regular preventive maintenance and truck servicing done on their trucks.
We recommend that every professional truck driver carry basic tools with him/her at all times in the truck to take care of simple truck repair tasks like replacing a lamp in a truck’s headlight.
While you may wish to consult your truck’s owner’s manual for exact instructions, the task may be as simple as lifting the hood, unscrewing the headlight assembly, removing the burned out headlamp, installing a new one and then putting everything back together again. Of course, the right tool and replacement bulb are required.
Other types of simple truck and trailer repairs that even company drivers can do with the right tools and equipment are:
replacing the seals in your air lines’ gladhands
doing landing gear crank handle repair
installing a grommet and taillight on a trailer
attaching a replacement mud flap (aka “anti-spray device” in Washington state)
Truck with broken headlamps
Then there are repairs that require body work or replacement of a large part, like the truck shown here needed.
Crafted to cutting-edge designs with space-age materials, many newer trucks will require special handling when they hit the body shop.
Some specialized repair techniques and tools required are different from what’s needed for typical riveted or welded cabs. But the actual work performed won’t necessarily be more difficult. And once technicians gain proficiency, these procedures may be completed in less time than traditional body repairs.
Where truck-body repairs once called for popping rivets and grinding metal, they may now require heating and separating surfaces to replace panels or make spot repairs. The new repair procedures require technicians to be up to date on procedures and the technology involved.
The materials used in constructing a bonded cab, such as a T2000, require entirely different repair procedures than riveted or Huckbolted cabs. Once the structural panel is removed by applying a heat gun and prying with a putty knife to `cut’ the adhesive bond, the surfaces are then prepped, new adhesive applied, and a replacement panel clamped into position. The heat gun or a heat lamp can then be used to accelerate the cure time for the repair bond.
Patches are used to fix scratches, cracks, and holes in hoods, doors and other parts. Structural “backing patches” may be added to the reverse side of the repair area.
Repair time will get shorter as technicians get experience.
Beauty is only skin deep. But knowing how to fix a cab, no matter what it’s made of, is a thing of beauty that will last as long as there are trucks on the road.
Repairs in Progress: