Monday, October 02, 2006

Autobody practice.

A little practice on some 20 gauge. The top weld was done in a continuous(sortof) bead with 3/32 tungsten, 3/32 filler.UGLY. I also realized I had the starting amperage too high. It wasn't even starting the arc until 50 amps which would blow a hole( pin head) through the steel. This was mainly because I ground off the paint which took too much metal off, so it was way to thin. The barrel was really distorted too.

The lower one was stiched in smaller sections with 1/16th tungsten and filler, I used a wire brush to remove the paint, and set starting amperage to 5 amps. I kept alternating side to side to keep the metal as cool as possible. Still not great, but complete penetration.
(The circles are dime sized)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Up in Smoke, but progress was made...

It was a tough weekend for my Dewalt tools. The drill was my fault, a consumer level drill just isn't made for drilling 3" holes 1/4" steel. THe grinder, however, just gave up. I finished using it, and the next time I went to use it... NOTHIN? So, I bought a Milwaukee and got back to work.

Added the shelf for the Welder... While the Vikings were losing. !!!%^$#!^%$!#$
And starting fabbing up the clamp that will hold the Argon tank. ( If you look closely, I actually welded this 90 degrees out of position, doh!

And a test fit...