How to Convert a Car Into a Limo

By: Laura Davis
Originally back in 1928 when the first limousine was built it was made from scratch, Armbruster created a coach compartment that could carry larger groups of people and from there the limousine has evolved and grown into a colossal machine, that is stretched, blinged and kitted out in the ultimate of gadgets.

With increasing popularity the model of stretch limousines moved on from just the Cadillac and Lincoln styles and now many high-end sports cars and SUVs are being 'stretched' to gain a one-up in what is now a very competitive market.

Although conversion can be a complicated process the actual series of steps remains pretty much the same among the companies.

Strip the interior out of the car ensuring that anything left including glass is protected with fire-resistant paper.

Mount the car on a set of rail to elevate the car off the ground. This ensures that the front and back of the car are aligned properly.

The car is then cut in half using laser-guided machinery to ensure a precise cut

With the car now in two pieces you can start to 'stretch' it.

Weld a base to the front and back half of the car, extending it to its ultimate length. It is important to weld on temporary braces to prevent the frame from twisting, if this were to happen then the vehicle would be highly unsafe.

The drive line is then extended from the engine to the rear axle using connecting multiple drive lines.

Similarly the original electrical components are extended using connecters to the new wiring.

Pillar posts are then installed where the new doors will attach to the body of the limousine.

The floor of the limousine is installed, covering up the driveline and framework.

To ensure the safety of the vehicle the brakes, suspension and steering mechanisms must all be reinforced to cope with the greater mass of the car.

A prefabricated exterior is fitted onto the frame and the vehicle can be outfitted with a new interior.

When the interior is finished your new limousine can be take to the paint shop to be painted.

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