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Old 12-16-2004, 06:13 AM
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How much do you pay for sheetmetal?

I have been saving a ton of money by fabricating patches (thanks to some great guidance from metalmeet) for my rust bucket 66 Mustang. I have been buying partial sheets of 18 gauge steel on ebay and when I combine shipping, I am paying around $11.00 for 18" x 56" sheet. This seems cheap to me but, is there a better source? I saved over $200 compared with buying panels so the 11 bucks is not an issue. I'm just curious because I would like to get into more ambitious projects where material availability and cost could become an issue.
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:58 AM
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Look in the yellow pages for steel supply shops. Surely there are several in The Long Island area. Most are for big industrial customers but they always have a "Rem Rack" for hobbyists to get the bits and pieces they need. Rem Racks are fun places with cut-offs of every conceivable shape and size of steel (and sometimes aluminum and stainless, depending on the yard). They sell the stuff by weight - you go through the yard collecting the pieces you want and pile them on a scales. They weigh it, multiply it by the per-pound price and you give them shekels and take home your prizes.

I don't know what steel prices are up to now - haven't bought any in a couple of years - but there is a severe steel shortage world wide and prices have gone up 40% in the past few months. China is finally feeling the effects of their creeping capitalism and have stared soaking up all resources at an accelerating rate, steel being a prime example. I would guess steel at a Rem Rack will be in the $0.50 - $0.60/# range at a minimum.
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Old 12-16-2004, 09:54 PM
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Dejavu,
Are you buying your steel from Frigo Design??? They're right there in your backyard. We bought 2000# of 18ga from them for MetalMeet'04 and paid $421.00, shipping included, from NY to IL.
19ga is more desirable for auto body panel work, but for the price, you can't beat it! The last I bought of 19ga 4x8 sheets was $46.25 and that was based on a 75 sheet order.

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$0.21/ # is a super price Randy. But then you bought in bulk so got the price break. Rem yard for a few #s will be a little higher. Also when did yo buy that? Steel prices have shot up at least 40% in the last 2 or 3 months!
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Hi Randy,
Exactly, the service is great, but I had no idea they where they were located. I will have try the service # on their auctions and see if I can do a pickup. Between this site and Metalmeet I'm realizing I can do most of my own body repair and (totally unrelated) I hammered a copper roof for an octagonal purple martin house I built for my wife. I do need to build up my collection of tools. I am currently using an old sledge hammer head and a tree stump for an anvil.
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I bought the steel in October. If I remember right it was delivered on the 28th. Also included in that order was 40 sheets of .063 3003 H14 aluminum. Nice little price break when you buy in quantity, eh!!

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I bought mine (18ga.) at $75 for 2- 4 x 8 sheets. Like Willey's said I've heard it's went up since then.
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