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  • Body / Glass: What gauge was the steel for the bodies in 1951?

    I just bought a MIG welder to use in repairing a rusty patch in the trunk and the rocker panels. I need to match the new steel patches to the old. What gauge would I use?

    Thanks,

    Jim
    \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

    51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
    Jim Mann
    Victoria, B.C.
    Canada

  • #2
    It should be 18 Ga. or .0478"

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    • #3
      Floor pans were 22 ga.

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      • #4
        Classic Enterpises pans are 18 ga.
        Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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        • #5
          Thanks, Gentlemen.

          I will pick up some 18 ga. sheet steel and start patching. Fortunately, I only have rust in a small section at the front of each rocker panel, a small section of the trunk at the right rear corner, and a small part of the cowl where the front fender bolts on. I already had a professional do the small patches in each of the fenders but I have decided to do the other patches myself since they are out of sight.
          Jim
          \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

          51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
          Jim Mann
          Victoria, B.C.
          Canada

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          • #6
            I forgot, it is 18 ga. Sorry But I do have rocker panel that you can use to patch your 1951.
            Last edited by royvaldez; 05-27-2011, 01:28 PM.

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