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Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I have to start making patches for the rust holes in my commando. I have alot of 22 gauge sheetmetal left over from my radio project. Will this be thick enough to use on the jeep for side repair and floor repair?
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I used 16 ga. when I redid the body on my CJ. 22 seems a little thin, but I'd be interested in what others have to say.
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

Do you have any photos of the finished radio bar? If you have previously posted them I appologize for asking. I tried a search but didn't find anything. I think we are all wondering how it looks mounted in the Jeep.
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I think that most, if not all, sheetmetal in CJ tubs is 16 or 18. 22 seems mighty thin to me, but it should be OK as long as you're doing pretty small patches in non-structural places.
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I would not use 22 gauge... I'd stick to about 18 to keep the strength in the area of the patch. This would be especially true of the floor repair.
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

OK... 18 or 16 gauge it will be. thanks guys. Anybody want to swap some 18 gauge for aome 22 gauge??? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

We gotta ton of scrap but there are two catches:
1. Its stainless steel
2. Its in Oklahoma. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I'm sure you could buy some scrap from most anywhere they are building anything metal. They always have a lot of scrap. Go with the 18ga for sure, the 22ga is way to wimpy for the floors.
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I believe 18 gauge was factory on CJs at least. Not sure about Commandos, though I would suspect the same. All patch panels on my CJ5 are 14 gauge...figured I might upgrade...if nothing else it would take an extra year or two to rust through again! *grin*
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Re: Body patch sheetmetal. Is 22 Gauge OK??

I also used 14 ga, it's the heaviest you can still cut with hand shears, and that's if you're careful (I broke 3 Wiss shears cutting it for the Scrambler). I would not use the 22 Ga, it's too light, and normal body metal for Jeeps was 18 ga. Up here the 18 ga is like $20 a 4'x8' sheet, the 14 ga was $33 the last time I bought it.
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