For military vehicles, appearance is secondary.
The Naval Facility Engineering Command
(NAVFAC) who controls all Navy vehicles states that
transportation equipment will be repainted when
inadequate protection is afforded against rust and
corrosion. It also states that spot painting should be
used instead of complete painting unless necessary for
protection of the entire vehicle.
Part of your job as a Construction Mechanic is to
perform body maintenance of the vehicles assigned to
your command. In order to perform this task, you must
known the procedures used for straightening fenders
and body panels. Preparation and painting of the
vehicle is another important task associated with this
Regardless of whether the vehicle is in need of
extensive bodywork or has a dented fender, it is
desirable to have a number of special tools. One of the
most important tools required to repair heavily
damaged areas is a portable hydraulic jack
(porta-power) (fig. 8-58). The porta-power is provided
with a number of adapters or accessories that will
allow you to use it in many types of body repair work.
This tool when applied, as shown in figure 8-59, will
force the damaged area to return to near original shape
and save many hours of labor.
Spoons (fig. 8-60) dinging hammers (fig. 8-61)
and dolly blocks (fig. 8-62) are the common working
tools found in the body shop. These tools are used to
remove dents and smooth out and shape damaged
Figure 8-58.Portable hydraulic jack.
Figure 8-61.Dinging hammers used to remove dents.
Figure 8-59.Pushing a body dent out using a portable
Figure 8-60.Spoons used in the body repair shop.