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RUSTputin- zero to hero in 2 months


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2 months ago I had never touched a mig welder before, or done any bodywork other than basic bondo work. Now...here ya go, my latest accomplishment, which took the last 2 nights....not the prettiest in the world, but my time is cheap, and I have learnt a ton. To anyone with a rusty car....if you have time, and a boatload of patience, its a great learning expierience. Spend the money on TOOLS instead of SHOP RATES!!! That mig was one of my best investments ever!

Tommorow the floor patch in the pic gets trimmed up and put in, then FINALLY the rocker can go on!!

Matt

'72 02/m20

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It was late last night..I forgot to thank DHS for his help, he has given me a ton of advice! And again, thanks Tman for the sill and wheel well patches off your donor car!!

Matt

'72 02/m20pwrd

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The gasless process produces lots of smoke which makes it difficult to see what you're doing. It produces slag which has to be cleaned off later. The welds are also really lumpy looking (for me at least). I keep some flux core wire on hand so that I can weld heavier material, but I never use it on sheet metal. I use .020 mig wire and C02/Argon shielding gas for sheetmetal.

HTH,

Martin

'73tii

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Gas welds cleaner usually, however Flux Core has it's uses also. It excells in outdoor/windy welding conditions where it is easy for the sheilding gas to be blown about.

Most home use size welders are set up for Flux Core and are convertable to gas. If you have the $ get a good one that is convertable and buy the extra gas hookups.

I have a Lincoln 135 amp 115v. Which is about the highest amprage that is still 115 volt so you can plug it in anywhere and go. I've welded up to 1/4" thick with it in one pass, but it really shines on body panel size stuff.

Hope it helps,

Britt

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- if you pay me by the hour, YOU'LL go broke.

- if you pay me by the job, I'LL go broke, as it will take me 10x shop rate :)

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I have a MIG welder with an empty gas bottle, so I switched to flux wire, and it works OK --- I finally read the manual again and found that with flux wire you need to change the polarity of the leads (inside the access panel of the welder, where the wire coil is held. Made a lot of improvement on less splatter.

Your patches look good and give me the courage to try similar repairs on one of mine.

Eric

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because it is corrosive as a mofo. Use acetone to wash it off. If you leave any voids in the welds where the rosin can hide, it WILL rust!!

-Rob

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When I was young I had the time, but no money.

As I got older I had more money, but less time.

Then I got married and had a family- now I have neither!

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