Was ist Lead Sled

In automotive usage, a lead sled is a standard production automobile with a body heavily modified in particular ways (see below); especially, though not exclusively, a 1949, 1950 or 1951 model year Ford ‘Shoebox’ or Mercury Eight car. In the name, “lead” (as in the heavy metal) refers to the use of lead as a bodyfiller in early days, and “sled” refers to the lowering of the vehicle, giving these vehicles the appearance that they were “slip sliding” down the highway.

Period auto body repair, by an auto body mechanic used to be achieved through a combination of re-shaping sheet metal using specialist hand tools and the application of molten lead to damaged body panels, fulfilling the role of more modern polyester fillers.

The same techniques were also used in high end low volume car production (coachbuilding) and adopted for aftermarket hot rodding body panel modifications.

Given that lead is toxic, the effective management of health hazards arising from autobody work with this material must include the exposure realms of fumes and dusts.[1]


Owner: James Whitesal, Oxford, PA

Bildrechte by: By Nathan Bittinger from Rochester, NY, USA – 1951 Mercury IMG_0204, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4034219