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Old 12-19-2014, 02:59 PM
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Jim, Mike and I dug out sand for a long time on the first day, and I did an hour of sand removal on the last trip. I left a pile of sand about 6ft x 4ft x 8" deep in the gap between the rollback and my trailer, and left such a trail of sand from my trailer, that outside of Detroit a young lady asked if I had just got back from the beach! I'm still removing sand, but found that it has a manual transmission, a spare tire, all the gauges seem OK.
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Old 12-19-2014, 03:40 PM
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Will, aside from the time, work and aggrevation, that car still has a fair value in parts to sell after you have taken what you want. Plus some great memories for conversation..I just picture you sandblasting the traffic all the way home, homeless squirrels, mice and worms .
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:04 PM
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A couple more al pieces are close to being finished. Name:  1203141456.jpg
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:02 PM
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Cool picture. How are planning to approach welding these panels?

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Old 12-24-2014, 08:00 PM
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O/A welding the aluminum, after a good bit of practice. I still have a lot of steel to shape, both door skins and a long rocker panel. So I have plenty of time to practice.
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:18 AM
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Cool. Try to keep the gap as small as possible. Spend rather an hour extra pre welding on prep and gap then spending an hour post welding grinding and planishing. And welding coupons on practice is fastly different then welding a real panel. And go faster at the end of a panel or attach a temporary heatsink in the form of bit of sheet.

There are different ways to do things but I use a rather large tip with a soft (non hissing) flame so not to blow out the puddle. The extra heat of the large tip keeps the HAZ small due to the speed of heating. Add rot to cool if removing the flame would be too slow. You have good penetration if you see a small dark line on the seem in the flux. These are crap and alli oxi comming from the gap and beneith.

Low pressure on A and O 3-4 psi.

Clean the seem with SS brush and degrease with aceton or alcohol. Don't use brake cleaner. Do this within 10minutes before welding. If you leave the cleaned panels for a long time the oxide layer is comming back.

And practice practice practice. Be safe.

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Thank you Frank, Ive got 3 pratice pieces done on 3 separate days. Today I successfully welded 21cm no holes and good penetration. Not very pretty yet. Ive scheduled a class on O/A Al end of January. Practicing now to get some basic understanding of time/heat/filler.
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:21 PM
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Here is a view of the exceptional flow that buck has helped me generate. Name:  0106151522.jpg
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Very cool Mike!

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Hi Mike the car is really looking good WELL DONE!!
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