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Old 02-03-2018, 10:11 AM
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I have a little experience working with 16 ga hot rolled steel. Blasting the scale off it is a breeze but with sandpaper it is extremely time consuming and costly. Using a brake and bead roller on it can be damn hard on the tool, and if you want to roll a step in it, forget it. Only big sturdy bead dies will put a shallow bead in it, and the brake really can't bend any length of it. I have, however, been able to tip it with a low crown roller on the english wheel, then finish the bend with the brake or in a vise. It would make a heavy but stout set of floor pans if you can work it. But 18 gauge cold roll is just the sweetest stuff for fabricating pans. We got 4 x 10' sheets for the shop I work at on the last purchase and I don't know the price. But it could be high and still beat the alternatives.

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Having used some sheet metal to do body patches with, I vote for the 18 gauge. It may be higher but the end results are worth the extra expense..
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Would not you match up what was original in the floor?
I just replaced some floor pan and rockers in a Jeep XJ (Unibody)
Floor pans and rockers are 20-21 gauge, depending on where I mic'd it.

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