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Old 04-15-2005, 02:19 PM
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Welding stainless with MIG

Today I successfully welded stainless steel pieces with nice results using my MIG and 'normal' wire and Argoshield5 gas. So, now my custom steering can be finished much sooner without having a shop do it for me.

TAKE NOTE: the spots where I welded will never ever be seen and therefore will not need to be polished. If needing to polish it you will very obviously need the correct wire and gas.

I also managed to bend the rim for the steering wheel myself, also with very good results. Check out my journal on how I did that.

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Old 04-18-2005, 01:13 PM
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Very nice work. My only concern with your project is the strenght of your steering wheel. Is the tubing/web strong enough for panic situations? I know that factory and even after-market wheels are VERY stout - strong enough to stnad on and not distort in the slightest.
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:38 PM
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Thanks for the compliment. To be really honest I'm still wondering how strong the tubing will be for the rim with respect to panic situations. The thing is that I want to put wood around the rim and therefore don't want to make the 'core' too thick. I also didn't want to go for round bar as I thought that to fit the wood more solidly to the rim I would use counter sunk screws from the back of the rim the screw the wood to the tube.
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The Stainless wire is cheap and I would make sure and use it. I have found stainless to be the easiest to weld for me. I use argon gas only and have had good results. Congrats on getting closer to getting the rod on the road
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