Originally Posted by Trophyman
A question, if you don't mind. I see you using butt joint clamps in this photo. Do you then just weld the gap closed? I've tried using them but find that the gap is just too wide to close without a lot of fuss. Is there a secret or just experience? BTW, as usual, beautiful work on the 36.
I am not Brian but since you showed my picture, I believe you were addressing me.
I do not use the clamps often but did on this occasion since The panel had just a bit of "oil canning" in it and the magnets I usually use were not quite strong enough to hold it.
There was a thread here a couple of months ago that addressed leaving a gap in your panels to be welded. Many of the professionals do not like a gap but I do. The gap allows the panel to draw a little without ending up overlapped. It also pretty well guarantees penetration since you are filling the gap as you weld.
Not for one minute do I claim my way is best. It is just the way I have always done it unless I am fusion welding with a torch and the truth is I am to lazy to do that now days even if I was proficient at it.
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects
John, that is cool seeing the car as it arrived with right hand drive !! I think I would've been very tempted to leave it.
You certainly brought the car back to a high level of restoration after purchase. I've bought "several" cars sight unseen, except for photos, and they are rarely what is portrayed. The Corvair is an exemption.
Today I went to HF and bought a cart for my Tig welder.
I was concerned about the fit once I got to the store and saw how short the top shelf was, but I forgot to measure the machine before I left so I bought it anyway. The shelf is short and the rear lip is too high to install the gas hose....
I may use the magnetic brake at work to make a new shelf the right length.
Thank you for the kind words. The car did turn out well and is really enjoyable to drive. I have truly enjoyed it.
It appears to me that if you would cut a 3/4 inch piece of plywood for your cart it would raise the welder high enough for your gas line to connect and still leave enough lip to keep it in place.
Please let us know how it works when you get it up and running. I would be particularly interested in how it handled very thin 22-24 gauge material.