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Buying Sheetmetal ?

Discussion in 'The Body Shop' started by mtnman210, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. mtnman210

    mtnman210 1/2 ton status

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    In the door jams of my 77 I cut out some big sections that were rusted through. So now I need to buy some new sheet metal to fix it. But I know next to nothing on the subject. What should I be looking for to patch them.
    Isn't sheetmetal...sheetmetal. And I just need to know what thickness to get? Or am I way off.

    This is what I'm trying to fix as well as patch a couple holes in my floors

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  2. ryoken

    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    cut up an old hood... I'm always skinning hoods for sheetmetal...
     
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    littlejimmythatcould 1/2 ton status

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    Sheet metal isn't just sheet metal and I think that cutting up old hoods is an excellent idea. But you're probably going to want metal around .050 inch thick. .035 at the least. I don't have a pair of calipers here at home to measure my truck's metal.
     
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    To patch the sections in my floor, I used 16 ga. sheetmetal. It seemed quite a bit thicker than the stock metal.
     
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    Yeah I would always go up a size in thickness for strength providing you're not concerned with looks. But make sure you're not interferring with clearances of your door. Just stick a scab patch on there.
     

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