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Unread 01-20-2012, 12:42 AM   #241
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Well....UPS didn't come today. Bummer...but there's a lot of snow and ice that has slowed down everything around here. Oh well...today was another snow day. And they just emailed us....so is tomorrow

So I spent a part of today's garage time cutting wood for the fireplace in case the power went out. After that I got started on the rear bridge support. Came out well.



Three 7/16 bolts will hold it to the diff near the pinion and I will be drilling four 7/16 holes for plug welds in the bridge itself. Then a vertical 1/4" wall gusset will tie into the entire support all the way up into the two link tabs which will also have supports.

Then I wanted to add a little "flare" to my project. Something I can put a little extra work into that will set my rig apart. I still needed lower coil retainers, so I use some of the 10g aluminum that has been just sitting under my workbench.


Then knocked out some 3/4" holes and dimpled them. Gave it that brushed look and cleaned it up. Not sure if I want the dimpled side down or up.

this side up?



or this side?




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Unread 01-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #242
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Got this today for a good deal, 120 size. Filled it up on the way home, bought some wire and extra tips too. UPS won't deliver anything until monday or later....so this weekend I'll have to just work on all the other little stuff I can find. The only "big" thing to do is get the crossmember finished and that shouldn't take long.


I have no idea why the picture came out so crappy!
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Unread 01-20-2012, 09:08 PM   #243
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So were you just running flux core before?
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Unread 01-20-2012, 09:13 PM   #244
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Yes and I hate it....terrible for keeping it clean.
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Unread 01-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #245
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You will love being on the bottle! virtually no cleanup!
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Unread 01-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #246
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Unread 01-21-2012, 11:24 PM   #247
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You're right I love it already! Need to fine tune the gas but it's already much easier.

So I got started with the bottle and new wire. I had about 10 feet of flux core left on the small spool I bought. Perfect timing! Then I wanted to practice by putting together a base and anchoring system for the cylinder on the welding cart. This is how it came out and I'm very open to some positive criticism to my welds from today-





in place on the bottom and I added the top part from my old welding cart that I sold with my Lincoln


All set. Needs casters and paint. Total cost so far - $0 from scrap


Started up on the crossmember again. Cut out the notch for the adapter


Then I cut a bevel into a 2" quarter wall bar on both ends


And bent it up


then put it in place and burned it in


did more CAD (cardboard aided design)


cut it out, smoothed it up, bent it to shape
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Unread 01-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #248
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drilled the mounting holes from the template I made


Bolted it up, set everything to how it will sit between the frame rails, and tacked it in place. Then took it off for final welding










I really like how it came out! Very stout and I love the design.





Also welded up the Ruff Stuff crossmember tabs to their plate. I also trimmed off about an inch from each plate in order to fit the frame better. Marked their locations on the frame so putting them back in place will be a breeze. First passes...needs another to be good to go.


close up...thought it was a cool pic
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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:57 AM   #249
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Welds are looking good!

What CFM are you running?
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Unread 01-22-2012, 02:43 PM   #250
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Thanks! Started at 20, now at 25. I have circulation in the garage.
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That sounds high but I guess it depends on the equipment. I run mine at @ 12 even outside and the welds are very clean.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 06:58 PM   #252
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Unless the air moving around is enough to move dust or something similar from your work area, 20 cfm is ideal for indoors. More than that is just wasting gas. Outside, it's all variable. Set it to 30 and test it, and go from there.

Your welds look good. Are you still running the same tip and nozzle as you were with the flux? I'm not familiar with the Hobart set up.

Also what gas are you using? Mixed, or straight CO2?
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That sounds high but I guess it depends on the equipment. I run mine at @ 12 even outside and the welds are very clean.
You're the first I've seen running lower than 20? When I ran 20 I had problems with air pockets. Turned it up and they're gone. I have a slight breeze in my garage because I set up two fans - one push, one pull - to ventilate.

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Unless the air moving around is enough to move dust or something similar from your work area, 20 cfm is ideal for indoors. More than that is just wasting gas. Outside, it's all variable. Set it to 30 and test it, and go from there.

Your welds look good. Are you still running the same tip and nozzle as you were with the flux? I'm not familiar with the Hobart set up.

Also what gas are you using? Mixed, or straight CO2?
It can move the dust...I can watch the smoke move out of the garage with the way it's setup. I can play with it some more.

Thanks, it's c25. Same tip and nozzle, .030 wire.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 06:07 AM   #254
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Hey I'm not faulting you! Gotta get familiar with your own setup. who knows maybe my guage is way out of whack! That weld on that axle joint was done at 12 cfm (per my meter) I do know if you have too much flow you can cool the weld too fast, but your not anywhere near that point. I was having that issue when I first started learning to TIG not too long ago.

BTW I run 75% argon 25% co2 for MIG and 100% argon for TIG.
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I run my gas at 15 most of the time with great success. Having it up to high can be bad.
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