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6th Midwest Auto Body Trade Show

Ankeny Autobody1 participated in the 6th Midwest Auto Body Trade Show February 5 – 6, 2016 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. This annual event is organized by The Iowa Collision Repair Association. “The Iowa Collision Repair Association is committed to the future of the collision repair industry: to provide the leadership needed; raise […]

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Assured Performance Certification

Ankeny Auto Body 1 is currently going through the process to become certified to work on aluminum vehicles. We need to become I-Car Gold certified to receive this certification. From https://www.certifymyshop.com: To ensure the next generation of vehicles are properly repaired, leading automakers are doing their part to ensure that body shops have the proper […]

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Rental Vehicles Available!

We have eight rental vehicles that we rent for $10 a day while your vehicle is being repaired. We require no deposit and ask that you return it with full tank of gas. You must be 21 years old with a valid drivers license and insurance to use one of our rental vehicles. Makes/models available […]

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LTAA Pinewood Drag Races

Ankeny Auto Body 1 is proud to be a part of the Light Truck Accessory Alliance industry awards reception at SEMA. This year, we painted one of the cars that was run in the Pinewood Drag Races! The LTAA industry awards reception was held on Wednesday, November 4, in room N262-N264 of the Las Vegas […]

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Your Safety is in Jeopardy!

The Collision Industry Conference is held four times per year and brings together all parties of the collision repair industry to discuss all aspects of the collision repair business. The topic of the most recent meeting was electronic parts procurement which is an interface from a body shop’s estimating system to the parts vendors. PartsTrader […]

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Rotary Screw Compressor

This is the 20-horse rotary screw compressor we installed. We removed two 5-horse power reciprocating compressors to make room for a new air storage tank and a new 20-horse rotary screw compressor. And part of the challenge is to actually get this compressor on the second story. It would have been a lot easier to […]

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ICRA Meeting

Iowa’s Midwest Auto Body Trade Show is taking place tomorrow, February 19th from 2-7pm at the Sheraton West Des Moines. Free admission gets you access to the approximately 60 vendor booths, the chance to view the Ford F150 Military Grade Aluminum Pick-Up and the ability to participate in the Community College Refinish Contest. Visit www.iowacra.com […]

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Construction of Second Paint Booth

Booth two was a little more complicated because there was an existing plenum… We had to tear out the concrete. Now, they still was a pit in here. It looks like it’s almost done, but it’s not… When they dug out the pit, the concrete was 14 inches thick! We had to hire a big […]

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Ankeny Auto Body Fire Update

Read about Phase 1 after the fire. We continued to paint at Ace Body & Motor 1 for the next 4 plus weeks. The paint department, prep at Ankeny Auto Body 1 and refinish at Ace Body and Motor 1 averaged 2 cycles per day, which is about half of our normal production. This process […]

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How a Collision Repair Center is Affected by Fire – Follow Up

I recently wrote about how our experience at the shop dealing with a fire in our paint booth. Now we’re just trying to get business back to the usual. One of our new daily activities is transporting vehicles from Ankeny Auto Body 1 to Ace Body & Motor 1, one of our partners in 1Collision […]

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