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New welder rig
#1303701 Tue Mar 19 2019 04:12 AM
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I bought a new welder and plasma cutter. I got the Vulcan Omnipro 220 welder and a 50 amp plasma cutter. I used them both to make a cart to roll them around on too. Thanks.

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Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1303712 Tue Mar 19 2019 07:30 AM
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Location for welding gas bottle?





Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1303716 Tue Mar 19 2019 10:20 AM
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I haven't attached the bottle rack yet. I'm running flux cored wire right now. I figure there is no reason to tote the bottles around unless I need them. When I start working on the sheet metal again; I will switch over to MIG or TIG and put the rack and bottles on. I prefer 7018 stick whenever and wherever I can use it! smile

Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1303819 Tue Mar 19 2019 11:06 PM
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7018 is a DC "reverse polarity" rod that doesn't like to run well on an AC buzz box. When the only thing I've got available is an AC welder, a switch to 7014 gives a bead that's almost identical to the one 7018 produces on DC, and it runs a LOT easier, and at lower amperage.
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Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1303826 Tue Mar 19 2019 11:42 PM
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We have several tombstones here that are AC. We even have a Forney carbon arc torch which we used last week to loosen up an exhaust manifold.

Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1303831 Tue Mar 19 2019 11:56 PM
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I am not a great welder by any definition but I enjoy it immensely none the less. I've been dreading finally cutting out and patching the rust on my cab. I wouldn't use the term scared; more apprehensive. There are several spots that will be hard to recreate the curves.
I know that when its all finished, there will be an immense amount of pride in doing it all (mostly) myself.

Thank you

Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1304378 Sat Mar 23 2019 09:53 PM
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I never welded sheet metal together before starting on my truck. I played with a welder a few times and I was a bit scared to start but it feels awesome to do the work at home and not send it to someone.

Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1304657 Tue Mar 26 2019 01:45 AM
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I agree Matt but my cab has a LOT of sheet metal work. Worries me.

Re: New welder rig
Fitzy440 #1304672 Tue Mar 26 2019 05:22 AM
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The greatest teacher failure is.
Fitzy,
Practice, go slowly, brace, brace, brace(if surgery is substantial), and read Robert’s sticky MIG welding tips in the Paint and Body Forum. Good stuff.

You’ll never be able to do it if you don’t try. You can do it. I actually sold a truck because of my nerves regarding sheet metal work. But after a lot of practice, mistakes, and learning I won’t hesitate now to cut out rust. I’m still a “beginner/novice” and haven’t tackled the “expert” stuff, but for cab corners, floors, etc, you can do it! Be prepared for reproductions to not quite fit as original and they will need some finessing.

As my old, coyote trapping, hard drinking, best farmer I knew, bear of a man neighbor used to say,”It’s just metal. Weld it back together if you screw up!”

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Re: New welder rig
Fox #1304673 Tue Mar 26 2019 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Fox
As my old, coyote trapping, hard drinking, best farmer I knew, bear of a man neighbor used to say,”It’s just metal. Weld it back together if you screw up!”

Good advice. I screwed up some repairs on a mangled fender, just cut it out and started over with a patch. I had never butt welded sheet metal before, but managed to get good reviews on my repairs from a friend who owned a body shop.
His son is a co-worker and had a comment from him on a repair. He said metal is dumb, just work it back where it was.


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