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What type of steel (carbon content and gauge) was used in trunk floors and quarter panels in 1965? And where can I buy that type of sheet steel on line to use as patch material?

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Why not just buy a trunk kit and then not only is the gauge and everything correct, but it has all the dents and dimples, gas tank brackets and frame mounts ready to go?
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I only have a couple small holes that I want to try to fix myself. I'm not confident enough in my welding ability to put the whole trunk kit in.
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considering that the original metal didnt do a very good job of holding up, i wouldnt spend a lot of time trying to duplicate it exactly. on the other hand im sure that someone on here can come up with some original 1965 partially rusted trunk metal that will match what you have left exactly.
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seriously, just pick up an old bent fender or something and cut out what you need. stop by any body shop they will have a big pile.
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It is called tin actually in the scrap metal business.
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seriously, just pick up an old bent fender or something and cut out what you need. stop by any body shop they will have a big pile.
He's not going to find anything in a modern body shop scrap pile to compare to a 65 car. It's all tin foil today. Your idea about someone on here contributing removed metal is good. I just cut out a piece of my 67 trunk floor yesterday. It's about 2 1/2"wide by 6-7 long. Will that be enough for 1 or 2 patches ? I have a piece of interior floor I cut out last year too. I can't remember just how big it is but it's bigger than the trunk piece. Let me know if you want exact sizes and pics. Pieces are free, just pay the shipping.

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i dont really know what difference it makes. a wrecked f-250 bedside or dodge ram is just as thick if not thicker. besides how much weight are you going to put in there?
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It dont really matter what source it comes from' trunk metal is usually 16 -18 gauge (thickness). If its only small areas buy new sheet metal in the according size (not expensive). Dont use old rusty steel' defeats object unless its very clean stuff. note: 18 gauge is hard to shape by hand if creases are needed .
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It's about 2 1/2"wide by 6-7 long. Will that be enough for 1 or 2 patches ? I have a piece of interior floor I cut out last year too. I can't remember just how big it is but it's bigger than the trunk piece. Let me know if you want exact sizes and pics. Pieces are free, just pay the shipping.
Thanks Mitch, but I may need something little bigger. There are plenty of junk yards around here (I'm in Detroit) so I can take my pick of fairly old metal if I go that route. I was just wondering if it was easier/better to use the old stuff or the lighter gauge stuff I can buy at the hardware store. I thought I'd have to use 16 gauge. The holes I'm patching are above the trunk floor braces that hold the cage nuts for the body mounts, so I didn't know if I needed to use older style heavier gauge metal for those spots since they are somewhat "load bearing".

I didn't think of the bodyshop for wrecked pick-up truck bed sides....that might work too.

Thanks for the help guys.
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