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Old 05-09-2008, 06:11 PM
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What gauge metal for rocker panels?

The rocker panels on my daily driver 93 corolla are getting bad & though I have searched the internet haven't found a source for new ones. The local parts store carries 22 gauge steel panels that are something like 12x20", would these work to weld in if no replacements can be found? A buddy has a 125 cfm compressor & sand blaster and another has a welder so hopefully this can get fixed up before it gets much worse. What do you think & are there any special precautions to doing this?
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22 gauge IMO is too thin to weld, i usually use 18
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JC Whitney sells universal rocker panals, they'll take some cutting and fitting but there your best bet... 20 ga is probably what the body is now. 22 ga might be a little thin.. I think the universal rockers are 20ga
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22 is about standard on "newer" stock and can be welded with a "good" wire welder on likely the lowest setting but be aware of burn thru's. So back off with the gun to reduce the heat some. If it's galvanized metal or e-coat,that will have to be ground down to bare metal to weld. Also, Try using smaller wire than 0.30 as it will weld a little easer and not as "hot" so you may not burn thru as much. Might have to crank the speed up a touch as well to fill.
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Heres some different sizes, if will help.

http://www.1969supersport.com/smthoughts.html

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