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Technical Sheet metal gauge for floor?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jaw22w, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,407

    jaw22w
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    from Indiana

    I am ready to order the sheet metal for the floor in my 26 T coupe. I am wondering what most of you use. 16 gauge just seems to be so heavy and my bead roller won't make a good bead in it. 18 gauge seems to be a little light, but with some bead rolling and some extra support would probably be strong enough. I think that the body is 19 gauge, but the original floors I removed were so far gone I couldn't tell what they were. Anybody have a recommendation? My second thought is to use 3/4" marine plywood. Good or bad idea?
    My project is coming right along. New frame is completed. Front and rear suspension is completed. Steering box is in. Radiator mounted. Engine and trans mounted.
    Thanks for any help.
     

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  2. henry29
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
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    henry29
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    I always use 18 gauge.
     
  3. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,222

    F&J
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    Sure, why not? If it fits into the channels I think I see?

    Like on original pickups trucks all the way in the 60s etc, there was a simple sheetmetal heat shield where the tailpipe gets close at the rear axle. So, as long as you think about that, it would be fine, and get you a solid feel, IMO
     
  4. 18 Gauge is what I use. HRP
     

  5. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
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    fleet-master
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    18gauge 16gauge for gussets quite often
     
  6. 18 guage, but add some beads and or supports
     
  7. FINKSTR
    Joined: Oct 8, 2006
    Posts: 300

    FINKSTR
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    18 gauge with beads here too!
     
  8. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
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    jaw22w
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    from Indiana

    Thanks guys. 18 gauge with bead rolls and more support it is!
     

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