getting back into it...

  1. brokenbiker

    brokenbiker Member

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    so i havent really welded for quite a while now apart from filling a few holes in some tin mudguards and welding a few bits of square bar together...but i can see a fair bit of welding in the future what with looking for a LR and a dirt track car...

    so ive got a fairly good amount of 3mm durbar checker plate in the garden that i can chop up and use as practice material, but im struggling to think of how to set up practice joints to maximise my metal and my practice time...

    any suggestions?
     
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  2. Cut out squares and build cubes,like dice?
     
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  3. Munkul

    Munkul Jack of many trades, Master of none

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    could stack plates like fallen dominoes and do double sided lap joints?

    Problem with car bodywork is that it's so different to "proper" mig... you'll sometimes get a proper bead in but more often than not it's better to do a series of short stitches to avoid overheating and blowing through.
    An open root butt joint would be as close to car stuff as you can get I think... maybe with a 1mm gap, if you can get a full penetration weld right through nice and evenly without lumps or holes, then you should be good to turn it down for thinner stuff and have a fighting chance. That would be my approach, anyway :)
     
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  4. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    If you want a pile of thin sheet to play with I have a mountain of Off cuts you are welcome to.
    I think Im just up the road from you. Tycroes just off the end of the M4.
     
  5. brokenbiker

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    i will be dealing more with 3-5mm for the dirt track car, what with sump guards, tank guards, reinforcing the chassis etc...i seem ok with the body work side of things, i se the mig slightly hotter than i maybe should do but give it quick blasts and stitch everything...i also work in a back step pattern...will weld maybe 2 inches at a time but back step the next run

    thats a little bit more than just up the road...im virtually bang on j24...but that said im up in your neck of the woods fairly frequently
     
  6. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    Let me know by pm if you are over this way
     
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  7. brokenbiker

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    will do cheers
     
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