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Old 08-08-2004, 08:18 AM
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My first ever welding experience

Hi,

I'm new here on the forum, and found already a lot of information on here.
After reading and following many posts and info here, I started welding on my car today.

It's the first time ever I welded, so I thought I'd ask some more experienced people what they think of it, and if they could give me some tips to do better.



Sorry for my bad english, I normally speak dutch, I'm from Belgium.
Any other Belgians here?

Thanks in advance,
Pascal

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Old 08-08-2004, 08:36 AM
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Hey, that looks like some of my handywork!!

Really though, look in the Body-Exterior section on this site and find the thread, "Question on welding patch panels?". Look for the posts by Randy Ferguson. You can also send him a P.M. (Private Message) by pulling up his profile from the bottom of his post! Randy rules when it comes to metalworking!!
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Not bad. i think you could stand a little more heat. the 'burn' mark you get around a weld, ought to extend into the surrounding metal a little more. speaking of Randy F., check out the weld he has in this pic, note the dark burn mark i'm typing about? more heat = more penetration = stronger welds. but there is a point of diminishing returns..... practice practice practice.
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Old 08-08-2004, 12:59 PM
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WOW!! Didn't know I had a fan club!!

Pascal, What type of welder are you using and how is it setup?
Looks like you need to clean the surrounding areas of the weld better and turn up the heat. The beads look as if they are just sitting on top of the metal. It's hard to tell much by just a picture though.

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Hi,

Thanks for the reply's.

The welder I have is a mig (bester magster-160 ) and I used it on the lowest setting.

Pascal
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Anytime you use a wire feed, the metal should be clean, no paint or rust. Like larry said more penatration.

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If however, you can't get the metal as clean as you would like there are wires and gas mixes that will perform better.

I use either Superarc L-56 or Radnor E70S-6 wire in .024 for sheet metal and .030 up to 3/16" plate on my 30 plus year old bodies and frames.

You can go with straight CO2 with these wires which is most economical or you can use the 75% Argon 25% CO2 for a better weld or even tri-mix for an even better weld yet. They just cost a little more.
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