CHEAPER CLOSED-BODY CONSTRUCTION1

Paper #:
  • 230014

Published:
  • 1923-01-01
DOI:
  • 10.4271/230014
Citation:
MERCER, G., "CHEAPER CLOSED-BODY CONSTRUCTION1," SAE Technical Paper 230014, 1923, https://doi.org/10.4271/230014.
Author(s):
Pages:
29
Abstract:
The author quotes statistics relating to the proportion of closed to open bodies and outlines the changes that have taken place in body construction in recent years. He sketches the advances that have been made and states that the question to be answered now relates to what all this improvement in manufacturing methods has accomplished toward reducing the price of a closed-car body to the consumer. He compares the percentage of public benefit in 1922 with that of 1914, excluding the period of inflated prices immediately following the war, and states that it is 10 to 15 per cent, but says also that this is an unfair comparison because of the excessive increases in the cost of labor, lumber, sheet steel and trimming cloth.An unconventional type of body, covered entirely with fabric over a foundation of wire-mesh and buckram fastened to the conventional wood-framing, is illustrated and described in detail, together with a statement of its advantages.
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