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Old 01-16-2011, 10:47 AM
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Finally, Bought My First Welder

Picked up a 180amp Cebora today

Just need a big old bottle of gas and I'm away!
Woohoo!

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Congrats!
Practice lots on scraps before tackling those critical jobs. I've learned that there's no subsitute for experience ... trust me.
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nice, i also would recomend practicing on some less important projects to get a feel for the machine before you start on the body
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we need more toys. !!!

I started 55 years ago with just a used buzz box ,hand held drill. a borrowed grinder In the blacksmith shop on the ranch. We turned up the amps on the welder to burn metal then finished with the grinder. It seems like we got more done then than now with a fully equipped shop.
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I've only ever had one experience with welding when I was an ill informed teenager

Didn't know what I was doing and set my clothes on fire!

I'm going to be practicing a lot, on both new and old metals so I can practice my prep too
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Haha!
I remember Grade 10 Industrial Arts, and cutting with an oxy/acet torch.

I had on a set of old leather shoes that I had pulled the tounge right out of.
Just guess where that blob of molten metal landed ... yup, right between those shoe laces! Still have a scar there, and a lesson in safety that I'll never forget!
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I remember Grade 10 Industrial Arts, and cutting with an oxy/acet torch.

I had on a set of old leather shoes that I had pulled the tounge right out of.
Just guess where that blob of molten metal landed ... yup, right between those shoe laces! Still have a scar there, and a lesson in safety that I'll never forget!
i kinda remeber 10th grade metal shop class
dark curtains, that opened between two side by side arc welding booths
now picture, one kid running both welders
while the other kid, took advantage of really big exhaust fans

(but that was a long time ago)
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Nice choice of machine you should get good results with that. I find its all about getting the wire feed just right and you can then turn out some good weld with a little practice. Good luck
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i kinda remeber ....
one kid running both welders
while the other kid, took advantage of really big exhaust fans

(but that was a long time ago)
Sooooo uh ... which kid were you? LOL
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I've only ever had one experience with welding when I was an ill informed teenager

Didn't know what I was doing and set my clothes on fire!

I'm going to be practicing a lot, on both new and old metals so I can practice my prep too
That is a really funny story setting your cloths on fire. I bet you will do better then you might expect..
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That is a really funny story setting your cloths on fire. I bet you will do better then you might expect..
Thanks.....I think?

I was in a car pit at the time with the car over the top of me (nowhere to run)

I arc'd the welder, and boom.....I was semi naked in about a second

It must have looked awesome
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What gauge wire should I get for this thing?

I'm only using it for automotive work

My options are 0.6 or 0.8 gauge
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i keep 3 wires on hand all for different stuff
.023 for sheetmetal (body work)
.030 for regular everyday stuff
.035 for the extra thick (off road winch bumpers, etc.)

i dont know the "gauge" sizes off hand
im guessing you will want the smaller one
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I bought a cheap Chinese wirefeed when I was doing the bodywork on my '71 Camaro. It was a pain and I didn't realise how bad it was until I bought my Miller 140 a couple years later.
I trusted the Chinese welder for bodywork, but since I was starting the build of my Austin gasser I figured I needed a 1st class welder. Boy was I surprised at the difference! Looking back I'm not sure how I got the sheetmetal welded using flux core wire and a crappy welder. A good welder with solid core wire and gas is so easy to use!
I do almost everything in ferrous steel with .030" wire. Works great for me on sheetmetal or 1/4" plate. The Miller Autoset 140 is very versatile for different thicknesses.
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0.6mm wire = 0.023622"
0.8mm wire = 0.031496"

It's only going to be used for body and chassis work
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