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Frame restoration - where do you guys get your replacement metal by CTFieroGT87
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I'm about to embark on a semi-frame restoration job and I was curious where you guys have bought your replacement metal. I'm looking to weld in new metal on the upper rear frame rails, in the trunk area, and also some areas under the rocker panel seam weld. I am also very open to any advice/input on what gauge thickness and material to use. Thanks for any help.

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Report this Post05-12-2014 10:46 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Old LarSend a Private Message to Old LarEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The easiest way is to find an non rusted donor car for parts. The other option is to weld in plates over the cut out rusted areas. I like the first option best.
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as I recall , auto body steel "Used to be" about 22 gauge. But if you are replacing it, I'd use thicker "Galvanized".
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Report this Post05-12-2014 12:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for BloozberrySend a Private Message to BloozberryEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
22 for cosmetic, 18 gauge for structural. Any welding shop can generally supply you with the sheet metal you'll need... just look up "welding" in your yellow pages. Be very careful if you decide to buy galvanized steel since welding it is more difficult than plain steel and it gives off poisonous fumes. I don't recommend it.
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Try not to go with anything thicker, that can make things more difficult unless you are an accomplished welder with experience welding thicker and thinner metal together, you may end up spending wore time fixing holes than welding metal to metal. As well as these cars are just like all the others the metal parts are part of the crush zones and made to absorb the damage. and not crumple other parts. like said any welding shop will have any gauge metal sheets you need.

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Report this Post05-13-2014 07:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jims88Click Here to Email Jims88Send a Private Message to Jims88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Try some auto refinish/paint suppliers; I think some of them sell patch metal that is specific for auto repair work.
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Report this Post05-14-2014 10:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for James Bond 007Send a Private Message to James Bond 007Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Scrap steel yard, look in the phone book (or try a Google Search for your area).
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Originally posted by 84fiero123:
Try not to go with anything thicker, that can make things more difficult unless you are an accomplished welder with experience welding thicker and thinner metal together, you may end up spending wore time fixing holes than welding metal to metal.
Steve


x2. When I was welding on my firewall and trunk I spent more time burning holes!

I go to the metal recycler in town. It ranges from about $0.59-$1.50 per pound. You have to take it in the shape or size that it is in or they charge $1.00 per cut (at this place anyways).

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Report this Post05-15-2014 04:03 AM Click Here to See the Profile for cam-a-lotSend a Private Message to cam-a-lotEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Or save yourself a bunch of hassle, and pick up a southern or west coast frame and call it a day I have seen many rust free cars up for sale for dirt cheap, and it is a lot less hassle to transfer your interior or panels than fighting the uphill battle against rust.

Good luck with the project
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