The Turbine Car body is entirely new. Designed specially for this car, it is a fully unitized structure similar to those used in regular Chrysler Corporation production cars. Differences in some structural members are necessary to accommodate the turbine engine.
The under body includes the following special features: bolted-in fore-and-aft aluminum "skid strips" to protect the exhaust ducts; rear seat risers on which the rear bucket seat cushions are mounted; and "shock towers" (for the upper attachment of the rear shock absorbers) welded and bolted to the wheelhouse inner panel and to the underbody.
The rigid, box section front longitudinal rails have a "kick up" similar to that usually seen at the rear. Bumper supports extend from the longitudinals to the head lamp impact rings and from the front cross member to both the head lamp rings and the front license plate housing. At the rear, bumper supports extend from the rear cross member to the bumper framing the tail lamps.
The upper structure includes sturdy box- section front and rear pillars, with box-section roof side rails and windshield header and a channel section rear window header. Further roof support is achieved with a channel roof bow. A bolt-in aluminum cowl upper panel extends across the base of the front pillars, and conceals the lower portion of the windshield weatherstripping. The rear pillars are spanned by the structural shelf paneland braces.
Hood and deck inner and outer panels are constructed of aluminum, bonded by an adhesive. Front fenders are of the bolt-on type with welded-in side shields.
Corrosion protection is provided within the front fenders by using full fender splash shields which prevent the accumulation of corrosive elements in pocket areas and fender corners. The body sills are galvanized.
Thick felt and fiber glass padding are used in the dash, cowl, and roof areas to block out external noises - The floor pan is muffled with jute and mastic silencer pads and heavy floor covering. Fluid deadener materials are used in doors and wheelhouses, and the body is undercoated.
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