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Old 07-22-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
ihearte30s
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E30 sheet metal.. What gauge and where to buy?

Hey I'm trying to repair my floor pans in my e30 and was wondering what guage sheet metal is best and also where i could pick it up from preferably in the gta...
Im using a flux cored welder if that changes anything..

Any help/advice is appreciated!

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Old 07-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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18 - 20 would work. Thicker if you are cutting out big sections and wanting rigidity. If you can get your hands on some gas it will be a much nicer welding job.

Metal Supermarket is a safe bet for the metal.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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^^ yeah i pretty much have to cut out the entire driverside pan, the passenger side isnt so bad though, so I'm thinking the 20 guage will do? Wont be able to get any gas going so I'm just hoping for the best haha..
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:59 AM   #4
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hone your skills

Floor pan replacement is the most common custom sheet metal job. It ain't that complicated.. I used butt wielding though it is a bit difficult. Was a chance to hone my sheet metal repair skills.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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I am also going to be doing some rust repair on my E39, mostly rocker panel and trunk.
I will be using 22 gauge sheet metal from here: http://www.tscstores.com/12-X-24-22-...EET-P1952.aspx

Also, if you can convert you flux cored to MIG do it! I just converted from flux cored to MIG, and the quality of the welds is SOOOO much nicer. AND it was much harder to blow a hole in the sheet metal.

If you are buying anything from www.eastwood.com, get it here: http://hawkesauto.com/ They use the US price and only add exchange.

I just picked up this HVLP gun:
http://www.eastwood.com/ew-concours-...w-1-2-tip.html and am thinking of painting my whole car....

Good luck on your rust work!
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