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Welding

Post by bartigue » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:34 pm

Used a welder for the first time yesterday, welded up some cracks on a land rover rear tire mount.

I'm really quite terrible at making pretty welds. My welds look like someone jabbed at the cracks with something dripping metal. It's strong as heck but I have a new appreciation for welders.
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Re: Welding

Post by whitehause » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:13 am

That's one thing I never had in my shop but always wanted. I got a cheap flux core welder a few years ago and had the same results as you the first few times. Fast forward to now and I have Mig, tig, stick, and my old flux core in the garage. It's amazing how much you use it once you have it.
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Re: Welding

Post by friedman » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:45 am

Guys, my welding to grinding the weld ratio is way off. I have been migging for years and I'm still terrible with most of my time spend grinding the welds to make them a bit more palatable to the eye. Welcome to the welding on cars club.
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Re: Welding

Post by bartigue » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:33 am

This is a little wire feed machine. Works for rough work, as my brother says "good for welding a chain to a trailer"
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Re: Welding

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:27 am

It really just takes time spent making welds …. I had a pretty good Lincoln 130 amp Gas/wire feed MIG welder.... just takes practice …. after awhile it became a indensibable tool in the garage/shop....
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Re: Welding

Post by friedman » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:29 pm

97% of my Mig work is on Fiats and that damn Soviet steel does not like to be welded on. Welding on fresh metal you bought at Home Depot is a dream.
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Re: Welding

Post by davedecker4 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:41 pm

That's because your supposed to use coat hanger for rod on old cars. ;)

Cuz you know, "grinders and paint, make me the welder I ain't"
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Re: Welding

Post by cgranju » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:17 pm

I love welding. Sometimes I'm even really good at it.

I have a 110v Hobart 140a MIG and only recently opted for .023" wire for Fiat thickness body work. That was stupid because I don't have a decent place to do anything with it.

It's a great tool...for everything. Basically, I've repaired tracks for our circa Brady Bunch era kitchen cabinets, bed frames, lawn mowers, all sorts of household stuff. It's not just cars. I think a welder is one of those tools where after you use it some you start to wonder how you ever got along without it.
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Re: Welding

Post by PhillySpider » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:28 pm

Got a welder LAST xmas before this past xmas and I'm sad to say other than a youtube video and pulling it all out of the box I've not used it. I want to just play with it an afternoon with some scrap...
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Re: Welding

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:32 pm

Ah, yes coat hangers, gas welding for sure.... two length of coat hanger twisted together in a hand drill, other end in a bench vise, twist the two wires together with the drill … lovely fat gas welding rod … did the same with a roll of bailing wire, more esthetic as it did not have paint.... needed gas welding for specific bits of sheet metal joining ..
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