71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

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71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

Postby robert123 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:52 am

Repairing some rust holes in 73 Vega Hatch front floor pan. Anyone ever use a Micrometer to
gauge the floor pan thickness? Fenders etc.


I was thinking the floor pans were about 18 gauge -- but wanted to check before buying
patch panels. *People seem to say thicker metal is easier to weld -- but harder to bend;
cold rolled steel seems to be generally preferred.

Looking for some EXACT GAUGE MEASUREMENTS] thanks.
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Re: 71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

Postby 74_Vega_GT » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:07 am

Heres a tip for you, on your metal hunt, if you can find an old washer or dryer, the cabinet is usually the thickness of our tin. A washer/dryer repair shop will usually come off of one for 5 to 10 bucks, or free. Good luck.

Also...the bend on the bottom edge of a Whirlpool cabinet, the edge where the feet are...is the same width and bend that you would need to repair the bottom of our doors where they like to rot out. That's what we used and it worked great.
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Re: 71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

Postby monzaaddict » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:07 pm

depending upon where you live this may be an option or he may be willing to cut out sections and ship.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts ... 98952.html
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Re: 71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

Postby robert123 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:17 am

74_Vega_GT wrote:Heres a tip for you, on your metal hunt, if you can find an old washer or dryer, the cabinet is usually the thickness of our tin. A washer/dryer repair shop will usually come off of one for 5 to 10 bucks, or free. Good luck.

Also...the bend on the bottom edge of a Whirlpool cabinet, the edge where the feet are...is the same width and bend that you would need to repair the bottom of our doors where they like to rot out. That's what we used and it worked great.


Good Idea. I'll check "Craigslist -Free-Section" for the older (thicker) washers-dryers-refrigerators, etc
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Re: 71-77 Vega metal gauge (floorpan, fenders, etc.)?

Postby robert123 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:20 am

monzaaddict wrote:depending upon where you live this may be an option or he may be willing to cut out sections and ship.

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/pts ... 98952.html


This is another Good Option. We'll see what works out.


(Photo) -- Here's what I was looking for............ a material thickness gauge (a.k.a. Metal Gauge)...... only about $4.00 at WELDING
SUPPLY SHOPS.

Thanks guys
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