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Finaly got to weld again after being paralysed.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chopshop13, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. bardahl1
    Joined: Oct 16, 2005
    Posts: 347


    I can tell you what it looks like....... 1st of all he always wears wife beater/tank tops so that he has skin to skin where the rod is. It appears as though he uses his chin as the guide with his shoulder lifted up pinching the rod between his chin and shoulder, and then rolls his shoulder forward pushing the rod, lifts the pressure on the rod and slides the shoulder back without the rod moving, then rolls his shoulder again to push more rod. The net result is a very similar action to what I see some of the best welders I know doing with thier thumb and forefinger. I, being an amatuer, hold the rod and "stab" it in and pull back and repeat. The best guys "slide" the rod continuously into the puddle creating the same feed distance every time. In the end George has as nice a bead as anyone I know, and I know some very good welders. It's amazing to see - and more so because of the quality of the weld than because of his 'limitation'. But every injury is different and you just gotta find the system that works best for you.
  2. what else could i say??it is very moving..........question??? where is "Land of the Long White Cloud"????????cause unless it's across the seas, it has to be on my cruise'in the usa topo tour............i'ld drop by just to tell ya you're one dedicated rodder.......mark

    ya rank right up there with the really hard core hot rodders of all time...HambAndy type hot rodder.........
  3. You can't keep a good man down, and you are a very good man! My hat is off to you!
  4. Good for you, you are an inspiration to all you have ever felt like they could not accomplish a task. Great outlook , Gary
  5. thirty7slammed
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 886

    from earth

    You are an inspiration to all, life dealt you lemons and you made lemonade, and thats what it's all about. Good Luck in everything you do, and remember, the H.A.M.B. can't have enough good fab guys.

  6. 46 rat
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 55

    46 rat
    from clever mo

    Very ###### cool man,

    This hits close to home for me. My dad had a car fall on him when i was 9 years old. It broke his back in three places. He spend 13 months in the hospital. He was in a wheelchair for over 2 years only being able to fill his toes, he never gave up. Though he can walk today. (It is people like you and him that makes people like myself never take anything for granted.) GREAT JOB MAN!!!!!!!!!

    So keep building and Keep us all posted.
  7. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 608

    from Ohio

    Man, I'm blown away. This has got to be post of the year.
    I'll quit complaining about my tendinitis now.
  8. Sorry CutUp , I didn't read your post very well my idea still may work if you could get your index finger to just lay on the wire and shrug your shoulder to move the wire.
    You have inspire others and me by your positive attitude ,keep up the welding Iam sure there is a way to feed the wire and you will find it. Take care, Rob.
  9. blackout
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,270


    Good goin man.
  10. georgedombeck
    Joined: Jul 4, 2009
    Posts: 77


    Very cool , keep it up.
  11. wetatt4u
    Joined: Nov 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,147



    I will never complain about my health again.....

    Damn Man keep up the great work and I just got to say it one more time

    DAMN Man, I'm proud of you.....
  12. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Good for you,man,keep up the good work !and guys havings wives nag at them about there cars think they have are a true to the heart hotrodder!
  13. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,228


    Dude, I'm #3 that thinks you are a hero.
  14. Hey your just back to doing what you love and you take it for granted. What you didn't realize was what kind of impact you had on a bunch of well bodied hot rodders. What you now know is you got a whole bunch of new found friends that got your back. Thanks for making my day.
  15. KadenRay
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 23


    your pretty much a badass and thats all there is to it.
  16. Lalos53Ford
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 765


    You are a true inspiration!!! Never let anything stop you from doing what you love! Rock On!!
  17. donnie
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 191

    from NC

    Frame looks good, a little more kickup in the rear than I like, but its not my car is it! :D
    Need more pics of the frame. Its looking good.
    Keep us updated we love pics of the progress.
    Keep on keeping on!
  18. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,917


    If you can't roll your shoulder, can you make a glove-like holder to put in your hand? If you can I could rig up a tube with a rubber feed wheel and a small electric motor (tiny motor)...then all that would have to be done is figuring out how to operate the feed wheel, something like a switch you could rest on your shoulder or under your chin to lean your head over to activate...

    EDIT: I could use a DC motor and run it off a small battery (9VDC) and use a resistor to control the motor speed, that would make it more lightweight and portable along with adjustability...

    Like was said earlier, "hero" is a word that doesn't mean as much in our society as it did long ago. Your resilience and perseverance truly give you the right to be called a hero. Righteous!
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  19. nickleone
    Joined: Jun 14, 2007
    Posts: 320


    There is most likely no factory made holder you could use. But using a tube with a bladder inside and a hose to your mouth to blow and suck to inflate and deflate might hold the wire. Get a tube you can handle size wise and some type of rubber bladder you can easily inflate. Put the bladder and the wire inside the tube. Because of friction you might need some extra weight on the wire to get it to slide when you suck to deflate the bladder.
    Just thinking out loud.

  20. Someone mentioned using a wire feeder. That sure sounds like a great solution. You could use a foot pedal to advance the wire. Feeder speed adustment would help with how fast filler was advanced.

    Like everyone else has said here, you are an inspiration. I wish you well in the future.
  21. nickleone
    Joined: Jun 14, 2007
    Posts: 320


    What electrodude said might work with a puff and suck electric wheelchair switch.
  22. -JoeSmith-
    Joined: Dec 14, 2006
    Posts: 26


    My best friend is a para. We've been thick as thieves for 25 years. He has been injured for 12 years now. He mentors people who have had severe head, neck and back injuries that have woken up with a new set of circumstances. ie paralyzed.
    He has told me some pretty rough stories about who will and won't do well. Very little of it has anything to do with the level of injury. Most of it is mental. He said it comes down to " get busy living or get busy dying". I think that we would all do well to live like that.
    It puts a smile on my face to hear about someone doing so well after such life changing events. Thanks for posting about it.
    Keep us posted with progress pics. I'd like to see someone set the standard for "traditional" hand controls.
  23. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,473


  24. Thrillbilly
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 33

    from Joplin,MO

    The true spirit of a hot rodder, thanks for the inspiration !
  25. gearhead78
    Joined: Aug 27, 2006
    Posts: 144

    from Dallas TX

    inspiring!! keep it up man
  26. absolutely incredible and inspiring! Thanks for doing what you do, keep at it, and keep sharing with the rest of us :)
  27. oneratfink57
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 588

    from Wisco

    I know its been said over and over but man. inspirational
  28. uc4me
    Joined: Feb 3, 2006
    Posts: 516


    That's awesome, can't keep a good man down
  29. forty1
    Joined: Jul 7, 2006
    Posts: 355


    Wow, INSPIRING to say the least.
    just posted a link on my FB page..
    A local welder, asked me to forward this link..

    Dude, your a HERO to so many..
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2010
  30. glassguy
    Joined: Feb 12, 2003
    Posts: 2,261


    im just thinking out loud here like the rest. but im thinking about a shoulder harness holdind a small power window motor, with a rubber wheel instead of a gear and another wheel on top. and a 12 volt battery. maybe a rubber booted dome lite switch to bite when you need to feed wire.this may sound a little hokey but you coulkd get the stuff for free, and im sure you could make it work.. hope it helps, and good luck dave

    oh... i just thought that the motor will go to fast. maybe a heater/ defrost switch to turn down the speed .. still 12 volts.. sorry i could probly make the harness and motor work , but i dont know shit about electrical!! lol

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