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Old 06-22-2012, 02:51 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Just another cheap option not mentioned yet-
I used 22 ga sheet metal (HR? steel)
My junk is just a rec wheeling hoopdee though.

I wheeled the truck for a season prior to skinning it to get some seat time. Then I skinned it with the sheet metal and fastened it with ~1" welds directly to the tubes. I didn't get fancy with tabs or aluminum because I figured that if I ever took the skins off, they wouldn't fit back on anyway. After 4 years, I'm very impressed with the strength of the light gauge steel. It's got some good creases and dents, but hasn't torn. It's amazing how a well fastened piece of 22 ga will support the weight of the truck against a rock, as you watch the rock crease the side of the truck, from the inside.







I also like working with steel. It is easy to find, sturdy, and easy to work with.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:13 PM   #27 (permalink)
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14g diamond sounds strong, but sure does look heavy!
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:18 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Make sure you buy the aluminum that is easy to cut. I forget which alloy is 'gummy' - but that one sucks to cut with a jig saw.
I spray WD-40 (continually as I cut) on a wood blade when I jigsaw out aluminum panels. Makes a little messy but cuts clean and no build up.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:32 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I also like working with steel. It is easy to find, sturdy, and easy to work with.
I sure did love that Buggy...

Anyways...Sorry for the hijack
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I have .090 6061T6 on the sides of my K5-ish thing and holds up pretty well. Kind of burly to work with but takes the hits. The racer started running performance bodies plastic and that was great but now that we like it to look really good all the time we've gone with performance bodies pre-painted alum. and we replace it more. And sometimes the vinyl covers up the rash. Don't underestimate today's vinyl!

We like a beefy roof skin, the new one on the U4 is 1/8" 6061T6 which is a pain to work but I trust it to stay on and not let stuff in.
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Old 11-05-2018, 05:34 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I realize this thread is old... but anyway, idc. Menards.com is a home improvement chain store, they have 1/8" thick 8'x4' black HDPE sheets for $29.99 each. Bad part is you must pick them up at a Menards store location. They are perfect for body skins and cheap as shit to replace.

https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/panel-products/plastic-utility-panels/1-8-x-4-x-8-hdpe-panel/1295010/p-1444424093411.htm
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I realize this thread is old... but anyway, idc. Menards.com is a home improvement chain store, they have 1/8" thick 8'x4' black HDPE sheets for $29.99 each. Bad part is you must pick them up at a Menards store location. They are perfect for body skins and cheap as shit to replace.

https://www.menards.com/main/buildin...4424093411.htm


I used this stuff on my buggy. https://www.speedwaymotors.com/shop/...sheets~8-18035
The only complaint with the plastic is it expands and contracts a lot with the temperature.
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:00 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I used that plastic stuff from raceway and it warps horribly in the sun. Maybe if a guy could install it on a hot sunny 100 degree day it would be pre stretched, not sure.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:28 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Tupperware..... Scroll right.... Sorry about the picture size but at least you don't have to zoom?

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Old 11-08-2018, 12:00 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:48 PM   #38 (permalink)
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.120 3k series aluminum. Adding dimension seems to be the most important aspect to paneling. For both strength and optical beauty. So chose a material you're comfortable with working.
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