How to Build a Stretch Limousine

Stretch Limousine

My first pair of Stretch Limousines was second hand. I hired a local coachbuilder in Melbourne, Victoria, to build my first new car. They specialize in limousines and listeners. I bought a new gasoline powered G6E car from Ford and handed over the keys.

It is the second car of its kind. The first was built and engineering was submitted to DOTAR to ensure that it was completed at the federal level so that it could be registered in any Australian state.

First, they stripped the car almost completely. Then cut it in half and removed the entire section of the ceiling. The front and rear ends were then aligned by laser, so that their alignment is perfect millimeter. The rear end has been tilted slightly upwards to create the cleanest lines in the middle of the car.

A “model” of wood has been screwed on both ends, which does not guarantee any movement while the frame has been welded in place. This model was removed once the steel structure was welded, and the indicator was then used in the construction of each subsequent car of the same model.

All the wiring and the electronics are arranged in the helmet, since the access is very simple.

Unlike American limousines, the wider rear doors, side panels and roof are made of fiberglass. They are molded at home and equipped with the car, filled and sanded until they are perfect in line.

American cars have their blade overlapped and the rivets are awake. This dirty work is hidden with a vinyl roof. This means that American cars are heavier, more prone to water damage, rust and more expensive to repair. (When my American Ford was involved in a collision, the amount of body fill was amazing. My car would have had 50 to 60 pounds of body weight)

The carbon fiber floor comes, weighed about 3 pounds! I know, because I picked it up expecting 50 pounds of weight. Another big weight saving on my American Chrysler extended to 300C.

The side glass comes in, again half the thickness of my Chrysler, but half the weight. The compromise is that it is in two parts, not one. But many pounds of weight are saved here. The custom interior is then installed, with 3 sections of seats, as well as the massive bridal / fifth door (fiberglass) allowing 12 persons to sit comfortably.

The paint booth is reproduced according to the specifications of the new owners. The internal assembly is completed with the reassembly. The choice of tires conforming to the extra weight of the car is added. Almost all stretch limos you see with magic wheels are probably not compatible with the extra weight restrictions of the car.

The finished product? A stretched Australian limousine that runs on liquid LPG, half the running cost of my Chrysler 300C diesel. A light 500-pound car that stops and turns like a limousine. A car in which my drivers fight because that’s what they want to drive. A car that has more than 12 seats as my Chrysler has 11 seats corresponds to 10. More master bedroom, more legroom and more comfort.

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