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Old 07-28-2013, 06:41 PM
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Everyone needs a sheetmetal gauge. :)

I was using one of my sheetmetal gauges and thought I'd bring it up here. It's a very well spent $20 and often overlooked. If you are working on these old cars fabricating things you need one, you won't be sorry.

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Old 07-28-2013, 08:07 PM
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Where can I get one of those for fiberglass? Just kidding!!
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You know what Bob, this one would work for glass. I can't see why you wouldn't want it too if you were replacing a piece to know you have similar thickness. Or doing a repair if you have an edge of that repair to check to ensure you have enough material, I can see it having a use.

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Brian, it could come in handy if you were making a new panel. If you need to bond a new piece into an existing panel, you usually have to grind both sides down and lay in new glass. You grind away most of the original thickness as you start the repair.
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Yeah I guess it isn't as critical as metal, oh well I guess I was thinking too much. I am thinking the thickness varies all over the place too, not like the steel where it's critical that it matches.

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Brian - looks good.
But since I an kinda cheep ($20 is a case of my favorite adult bev and a bag of Fritos), just drop my little, but reasonably accurate ancient 1/2" mic in my lint filled pocket along with an internet found gauge chart and wander off to the metal guy.

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Hey Brian, I have had a sheet metal gauge in my tool box for over 20 years and never used it, all I was doing was late 60's early 70's restorations and some fabricating and much of the metal I was using was standard size for that era...then about 3 1/2 years ago, I took on a 1930 Model A...and needed to replace some metal, it was lot thicker than what I had in stock and wasn't sure how thick or what gauge I needed. I took out the old metal gauge and soon found out.

Now I've got 2 projects on the go, one is another Model A and the other has aftermarket panels...I'm finding I use that sheet metal gauge almost daily. The Model A was 4 door turned into a 1/4 ton truck and there is a lot of fabricating to do and the other with aftermarket parts, well it seems every piece of metal is a different thickness. So yes, that gauge has come in handy lately, maybe it should have in the past as well, just happy I'm using it more now and your right, anybody and everybody doing this type of work should own one.

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Brian - looks good.
But since I an kinda cheep ($20 is a case of my favorite adult bev and a bag of Fritos), just drop my little, but reasonably accurate ancient 1/2" mic in my lint filled pocket along with an internet found gauge chart and wander off to the metal guy.

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Yeah I guess it isn't as critical as metal, oh well I guess I was thinking too much. I am thinking the thickness varies all over the place too, not like the steel where it's critical that it matches.

Brian
I agree that gauge is a handy tool to have and everybody ought to have one - I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to tease you.
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I keep a little 1" square one on my keyring...quote handy, it was a promo thing one of my customers was giving away years ago.
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Where can I get one of those for fiberglass? Just kidding!!
I'll make one up for you. Do you prefer 2X4 construction or plywood?
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I'll make one up for you. Do you prefer 2X4 construction or plywood?
Either would be fine... I don't suppose it would fit on my key chain? Thanks!
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