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Technical Welding upside down-ish

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by topher5150, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Via the power of online shopping, you still can. ;)
    That and the fact that your $ exchange rate is extremely favorable.
  2. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,477


    Nah. Everybody knows that you only have to wear the appropriate welding clobber down here. Short shorts ,singlet and thongs (flip flops). Thongs are to allow the welding splatter to get between your toes, the singlet ensures the welding tan marks to the upper chest and the short shorts let the right sized blob of molten metal to singe the Jatz crackers.
    I think we've all been there, done that.
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  3. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,689


    I think I would literally die of heat stroke wearing that in this heat.
    Sent from my moto z4 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  4. On some work sites OH&S regulations don't give you a choice.
    Can't say I would want to wear them in summer either.
  5. Retrorod
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 2,032


    I'd first run a flap wheel down that sheet metal. A little prep work helps.
  6. jimgoetz
    Joined: Sep 6, 2013
    Posts: 468


    I don't know where I first heard this but 3 rules of welding are ;
    You can't weld dirt. You can't weld air. You can't weld what you cant see. Now I've broken all of these at one time or another but it's not easy and it's usually not very pretty.
  7. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,837


    Shipping will kill it.
    I found out a funny thing working in Tasmania. The ocean freight to get from Melbourne to Tasmania is as much or more than the ocean freight to get from China to Melbourne.
  8. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 2,225


  9. Same NZ to AU. So close yet so expensive.
    Don't assume.;)
  10. If you're looking for something to help welding gaps, find a hunk of scrap copper pipe and smash it flat with a BFH. Leave enough for a handle. You can buy fancy copper thangs for the same purpose or you can spend about 8 cents and 10 minutes and make a bunch in different shapes and sizes. You hold these behind the gap you're trying to fill, weld won't stick to copper.
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  11. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,800

    Atwater Mike

    Words of wisdom. I have an array of these copper tubes flattened, handles on the ends of most. (also some shorties that just fit in some tight places)
    Our house had a water warming system on the roof, looked like solar panels...
    I removed them, and 'earned' about 22 feet of 3/4" copper pipe! This became my set of copper backers, all are stored in #3 rollaway, 2nd to bottom drawer.
    I draw 'em like a gun...
  12. I know we all love the Old Car stuff and building them seems to be what it's all about. What I'm constantly reminded of on this sight is that what some of us make look easy only get's others in trouble. There is No substitute for a good Teacher and lots of practice. Just because you own a welder don't make you one and when you don't even know what tools you should use, often after cutting things apart they should just stay apart. Reading on line and looking at How-To's still can't replace hands on lessons. topher5150 I genuinely feel bad for you. You have a mess growing there that's only going to keep growing till someone steps in and gives you a hand on sight that knows what to do next. Good intentions seldom bring good results when you don't have good knowledge. Assuming you get that Gap seam pulled together what part isn't going to fit right, the Deck lid or the Fender or both?
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  13. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,313

    Dick Stevens

    Cleaning up the weld area is necessity not optional! You can't get by without cleaning it just because it isn't easy!
  14. I'd be getting after it with this in an angle grinder (and full face protection) to start with. Then abrasives, like 35 - 60 grit.
  15. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,992

    jimmy six

    I’ve done quite a bit when repairing our 1/2 mile dirt Super/Pro Stock. I’ve gotten pretty good at it depending on metal thickness 1/8” up I’m ok with our Hobart mig. From what I’ve read your really not supposed to do it at all. I would not want to try thin stuff.,
  16. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,294

    from Nicasio Ca

    Muffler shop put new tailpipes on for me, not rusted out, just changed to behind axle. I said aren't you going to clean the rust off? Nope, just burn though or something he said. Great looking MIG beads, 360 degrees. I guess it comes from doing it all day.
  17. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 8,397


    This is entertaining to say the least.

    Let's start a thread on how to weld rusty sheetmetal.
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