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what gauge metal to use

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by shawnhorton2960b, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. shawnhorton2960b
    Joined: Mar 11, 2013
    Posts: 19


    what do you guys use for patches and or english wheel work ?
  2. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,087


    18 gauge mostly. Ford sheetmetal in the day was 19 ga.
  3. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,355

    from Quincy, IL

    19ga AKDQ steel. AKDQ is Aluminum Killed Draw Quality....correct guage and has the formability desired for making parts.

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  4. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,092


    I use whatever's close to the original part.

  5. Great stuff! I have a small stash and hope to get more.
  6. Cali4niaCruiser
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 600


    I agree. It made my life much easier.
  7. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,051

    Doctor Detroit

    I learned something new today... Interesting.
  8. This is the stuff - however availability nation wide isn't what I'd like .
    I have to buy 3 sheet minimum at 2.5x a regular sheet just to get it here.
    10 sheets and I can get it at 1.5 x regular.
    3000 lbs plus freight and I can get close to decent prices on it.
  9. rouye56wingnut
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 352

    from mn.

    Those that dont do much shaping wouldnt see the advantages of DQ as much as some that do alot of deep drawing and shapping of metal . In reality it works as a dissadvantage when doing flat or low crown work .I have several sheets on hand of both DQ and cold roll that I sell for my cost when I host our regional meet up here in MN. There are alot of manufactures in our area that use draw quality steel for their purposes and it makes it a little easier to get ahold of it .For high crown fenders and something with alot of beading and body accent lines nothing beats it . Quite often I will make a door with the DQ only from the reveal upward and use cold roll for the low crown lower part from there down.
  10. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,149

    Roger Walling

    I use nothing but 16GA cold rolled steel for all my panels.
    It requires heavier tools but it forms well and keeps its shape, no oil caning.

    I form most parts on an anvil and compoung curves are no problem, it streches and compresses well.

    It is very easy to mig with little distortion. (aircooled every 1/2' with blow gun.)

    This picture shows a panel made of 1/8" steel on the bottom of a door that was used for structual reasons (nothing left on the bottom and hinge area)
    The panel was properly contoured before welding.

    It was first plug welded, then the seam was welded

    The inside was reinforced with 16GA to resemble original.
    The 1/8 was used as it is very hard to do a reverce bend on the radius on the bottom side without the use of filler that I did not want.

    You can not tell the door from the original.

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    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013
  11. Kevinsrodshop
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 589


    Depending where you are 19 gauge of any kind is hard to find. I've tried in my area and cant find it. However somebody told me if you start with 18 gauge and get finished forming it via english wheel or whatever you probably have thinned it enough to become 19 gauge anyway. I thought that was good advice.
  12. 54rat210
    Joined: Jun 5, 2012
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  13. Choff
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
    Posts: 184


    My 29 Dodge "Patches" gets 16ga mild steel, heavy but Mig welds good and without oil canning., Did the door panel and lower 6" around car body.
    And close to the original gauge.

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013
  14. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,198

    from Yakima WA.

  15. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 23,310


    18AK outside on compound curves, 18ga. cold-roll outside on simple curves and flat, 18ga. cold-roll inside and over structure-supported floors. 16ga. cold-roll inside for free-form floors, 18AK inside on tight or complex tunnels.
  16. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 5,008


    Surprised at all the aluminum responses, guess that's the answer to "English wheel work." Never stop learning.

    The patch panel answer . . . 18 ga. carbon sheet.
  17. 39FordCoupe
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 23


  18. Chris F100
    Joined: Dec 7, 2011
    Posts: 119

    Chris F100

    18 gauge for my roof panels and rustouts

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