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Ripped 11-04-2005 11:55 PM

Some shots of my novice welding
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I have been busy working on frame patches, and just this week, the roll bar and subframe connectors.

My welding at times is good, and at other times, a little crappy, but I am getting the hang of it slowly

there are some more pics in my gallery besides these ones

grouch 11-05-2005 12:10 AM

I'm no expert. Some of those look like popcorn -- not enough penetration. Have you looked at

crashtech 11-05-2005 10:10 AM

Are those painted stripes INSIDE the roof? :eek:

mitmaks 11-05-2005 06:17 PM

youre doing good, just remember not to overheat panels or theyll warp

oldred 11-05-2005 06:40 PM

How about some close-ups of the welds, maybe we can get a better idea of what or if anything needs to change.

steve t 11-05-2005 06:49 PM

if you are racing, your rollbar must be welded good to pass tech inspection

shoddy_f-body 11-05-2005 08:42 PM

Not enough penetration.Turn up the heat.Should sound like bacon frying.

blacklabzeke 11-05-2005 09:08 PM

The welds look cold. Turn up the heat.

Bee4Me 11-05-2005 09:46 PM

Yup. Crank the heat up to 4 or highest setting and slow the feed down some.
Don't get in a HURRY to weld THICK metal. Have it fast enough so's it's not welding the tip to the piece but not laying lumps. Start on the thick piece and weld over to the thin back and forth like sewing up a seam.

Also, Be sure it's CLEAN wherever you welding to/from.

Ripped 11-06-2005 10:12 AM

Thanks for the tips. Yeah I think that my wire feed speed was set too high in some cases. I think because it's a 110 v welder I need to bevel the thicker metal, like the roll bar. (I only did this in one area)
One thing I did last night (on the underside of the car) working on the sub frame connectors was to sand blast the area I was going to weld, in case the grinder didn't remove all the paint etc. The other thing I did was move the ground clamp over closer to the area to be welded and make sure that it had good contact.

Thanks for the advice, and tips

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