sheet metal thickness

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  1. jhossrock

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    hello, i will be welding in some patches on my maverick. my questions are, what gage metal do i buy that is easy to work with. also can i use a propane tourch to soften the metal or do i need something more powerfull?
     
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    22 gauge will do you fine for most areas of the mav.
     
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    Propane? for what? Are you doing a cook out?
     
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    no tom, i never worked with sheet metal. but i do know that if you heat metal up it should soften it. i just would like to know how much heet? i don,t want to buy something that i don,t need. thank you for your reply.
     
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    Just my :2cents: : I use 20 gauge on most repairs, it's easy to work, but plenty strong, (and not as easy to burn a hole in welding it up.) just a hammer and dolly (and some patience/ practice) will get you nice and close. good luck!
     
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    putting that much heat will soften the metal but it will also warp it. It just depends on where your making the repairs. For external repairs, I would not take a torch to it. For shaping floor pans, I have use a tourch to persuade metal to see things my way. I would think a propane tourch would work for small areas but I"ve never actually tried it. I have a oxy/ac set.
     
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    thanks for the info. i first have a big job to do. the motor in our escort ate a piston. i have the new well not new motor, just need some warm days to get started. next time i,am down the garage i will take a picture of the blow up and send it.
     

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