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    What gauge steel for body repairs?

    What gauge of steel should I be using for repairing out body sections, like quater panels ect, on the Austin A35? I have been using 18 gauge so far, but that is on things like arches and inner sills, so I need something which is thinner and easier to shape for the actual body repairs. What gauge should I use? 20 gauge?

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    Yes 20 SWG or metric 1mm sheet, which is only a few thou' thicker is good to work with for bodywork.
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    Thumbs upmetal

    we always use 20s on panels and 18s on floor pans etc 20s is only a bit thiner but that bit is easier to work with

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    Hi Folks
    In our shop in the states I see most of our cars from the 1900's till about the late 1970's were all 19 gauge or .042 product number A366 which is a cold rolled sheet 1008 series. The cold rolled is far more maluable and the 1008 with the last two numbers meenin the percentage of carbon...... With low carbon percentage causes the steel to form easier. Now 18 gauge or 20 gauge can still be ordered as 1008 series cold finished.......cheers Steve
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