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Old 12-29-2002, 07:32 PM
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Question Welding suspension components

I preparing to install an IFS in the car to the left. I will have the car diassembled from the firewall forward including the engine & trans removed. My plan is to do all of the cross member and other component positioning and tac welded. Then I will have a certified welder come out to the garage and do the final welding.

My question is: What do I need as a welder to do ONLY the tac welding to position the suspension components? I do have some arc and gas welding experience but long ago. Also, I want the welder around for other projects as they come up. So should I go to Sears and get...

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Old 12-29-2002, 07:52 PM
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If you're just tacking stuff together, most any buzz box will do. Good strong, clean pretty welds are done best with high freq. TIG. (tungsten inert gas) and well selected filler rod. Personally I like my Millermatic 250 wire machine, and 75/25 gas - 75%argon 25%Co2. With that machine most any experienced welder can weld most chassis stuff "from the inside out." Nice full penitration welds that excede most any factory spec out there.

You can crank it down for body work too..

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I use a small 110 pocket mig for tack welding and all my body work, its small and inexspensive with no major rewiring .My mig has a gas converion kit so i can run shielded gas {Argon CO2} It works great for smaller jobs under 1/8in thick steel. For tack welding i have done up to 1/4inch hay good luck
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Thx for the responses!

Since my 38th annual 21st birthday is close by I will get some specs (subtly dog eared catalogs) to the boss, purchasing agent, and check book holder.

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Get on line with these guys: <a href="http://www.hobartwelders.com/talk/" target="_blank">http://www.hobartwelders.com/talk/</a>
Lots of good folks who'll answer any of your welding questions. Good luck
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