Foaming Krystals

LCT Staff
Posted on February 1, 2001

Everyone likes to have choices when purchasing a vehicle. That is why the team at Krystal Enterprises is launching a five-door option in their 100-inch and 120-inch models at the LCT Show this month in Las Vegas. The two new models, the One Twenty Five R and One Twenty Five Z, join Krystal’s already designed five-door model, the One Twenty Five. “Our intent is to come out with a line of fifth doors, and not have it on just one model,” says John Beck, executive vice president of Krystal Enterprises. Krystal Enterprises redesigned the interior style of the first version of the One Twenty Five, released last year and developed in conjunction with DesignWorks/USA, and applied it to their two new models. DesignWorks/USA is the North American design center for BMW. According to Beck, another item that sets the Krystal five-door series apart is that it is the “only all-steel stamped fifth door in the business.” He explains that there is no fiberglass, and that it has been completely tooled and stamped out of steel. “I believe the fifth door to be the future of the 120-inch market,” says Beck.

Changing Krystals One item, coming standard on all 2001 Krystal vehicles, is light emitting diode (LED) marker lights. The change from incandescent bulbs helps with overall power consumption, as the LED lights need less power to operate. The diodes have a longer life span than traditional bulbs, which provides an added benefit. Also debuting at the show is Krystal’s one-piece tempered-glass window in its 120-inch limousine. Krystal has not only been actively redesigning their limousines, but also its line of buses. New to the Krystal fleet is its 35 Navistar Limo Bus. “The Navistar chassis with its 26,000 pound GVW gives the bus that ‘big bus’ feel,” Beck says. Another item on the new bus is the placement of the 42-inch television monitor behind a three-eighths-inch smoked-lexan wall. The wall allows for the screen to be seen only when it is turned on. This feature not only gives the interior a cleaner look, but also helps to protect the television screen from being damaged.

The Krystal Method “We do a lot of things differently in our manufacturing,” Beck says. Construction of each Krystal vehicle begins in the welding department. The vehicle is first stripped, then cut and separated into two halves. The framework is then extended and metal structures added and welded into place. In the mechanical department, mechanics modify the drive shaft, suspension systems and add wiring to OEM specifications. “There’s a lot of things we’ve learned from experience over the years,” Beck says. “All of our suspension springs are powder coated so that they won’t corrode in foul weather conditions.” Vehicles then move to the body and paint department, where all parts are prepped, painted and baked in the spray rooms. “To my knowledge, we’re one of the only coachbuilders that paint the entire limousine complete,” Beck says. “Unlike most builders, Krystal repaints each vehicle to perfection.” Electricians in Krystal’s electrical department install a charging system and route all wiring harnesses to their proper points. The vehicle is then sent to the heavy-duty upholstery department where it is equipped with the upholstery and vinyl tops. All vehicles undergo “water checks” during which they are sprayed heavily and constantly with water to ensure that windows, sunroofs and door seals are free of leaks. After passing this exam a vehicle moves on to the interior assembly department, where the various interiors are installed. To complete the conversion process, each vehicle must pass

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