Originally Posted by tnblkc230wz
16 guage may be over kill in some areas, but that is what I would use for large areas of the floor and other major structural areas. If you have a small hole to patch, you could use your 20 guage. It is a lot easier to work with.
And yer right, 16ga is too heavy to patch into the stock floor. It would just look odd too. What are the stock floors? Prolly 18 ga, maybe 20. Easier to butt weld similar thicknesses of metal for a correct look.
Though, I have removed my door handles and locks and butt welded in 16ga steel for the patches, but mainly cause thats what I have on hand. But it does take more heat to do it and for body work less (heat) is better there.
Guess it depends on what you have at hand. I have prolly three 4x8 sheets of 16ga still after doing the car and so thats what I use.
Whats nice about it too is its great for making enclosures, such as battery boxes, ECM boxes, fuel cell enclosures. Its stout, so anything that is exposed to the road debris it is good. And boxes that dont need any frame work. Just seam welding and its solid.
Ok, I love 16ga LOL I love stainless more!!! Wanna hear about some neat stainless parts.