Car frames are the most important part of a four-wheeled vehicle construction. Not only serves to bind the engine with all four drive wheels, the car frame also has an effect on changes to the car model. What is the story of how the car’s frame shape and material travel to what it is today? Answering your curiosity, Tugasanda.com has summarized the development of the car frame from time to time into the following article.
The frame of the car or chassis actually takes inspiration from the framework of the horse carriage. The first engine that adapted to the framework of horse carriages appeared around the 18th century in Europe and America. Like most horse-drawn carriages, 18th-century cars to the early 20th century used wooden frames and bodies made of metal or aluminum that were assembled separately.
Wooden frames on this car then cause monotonous design problems. The reason is, wood is very difficult to form and does not have good durability. In its development, the car’s wooden frame was then reinforced using an iron coating. The car model became more solid with a still open roof.
In the following years, the use of wood as the foundation of the car frame was gradually abandoned. In 1914, the American Dodge automobile company began the trend of cars carrying frames and body made of iron. Furthermore, this closed-roofed car model is the basis for making uni-body construction for every modern car assembly. That is, the chassis and car body are no longer made separately. Since the 1960s, all passenger cars have implemented uni-body construction, while trucks and large cars still use conventional car frames.