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post #151 of 314 Old 03-26-2012, 01:55 PM
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I bet that makes a great welder for you Bill. Lincoln makes very good products and have for years. 180 amps is plenty for welding everything you'll encounter on the Jeep too.



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post #152 of 314 Old 03-26-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jim, I'm hoping so… I had a bit of remorse when I bought it, kind of wished I would have got the Miller 180, but I'm here now!

Today was spent with a sick kid, not to mention that I think I am sick too. After watching Hop (for the 8th time this weekend!), I loaded him up and went to the nearest welding store. I found a welding cart that I really liked… well, until she told me that it was $150!!! I ended up getting a price on a cylinder and I bought an extension cable--25' for $75. I probably could have saved some money if I would have bought it online, but I want to weld something!!! I went to Harbor Freight and spent $60 on a welding cart. I figure I couldn't build one for that cheap, so…



(That pic reminds me that I need to clean my garage!!!)

It was kind of cool because when I got it home, my little guy helped me put it together. He is gonna be a wrencher when he gets older!!!

Anyway… off to nap!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….


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OK, I couldn't help it, had to burn something… my first bead…



Wow, it's so nice using a decent welder!!! Even with flux core, it burns so smooth in comparison to my cheap-o-welder!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….


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Well, nothing Jeep related to report, but a little maintenance on my truck. Those who have a 2002-2006 GM product know about the faulty stepper motors in the gauges… I replaced one about two years ago, not heeding the advice of the ebay seller I purchased the one motor from, suggesting I should replace them all while I was in the dash… so this time I replaced the rest…

White motors-BAD (except for the one in the middle), Black motors-GOOD!!!

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….


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Wooo hooo, it's been a while, but I finally got some time. I started welding up the buckets today…



I may just get the 8.8 in the Jeep before summer…

... I guess I'm gonna have to fix that too…….


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Bill, school me...what are they for? I am lost!

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Just had to weld didn't you?

I knew you couldn't stay away from it very long!


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That is Artec Industries way of securing the rear coil springs to the rear axle. Slip the coil of that center piece, then bolt a plate over it, so if it over extends, the spring won't just pop off.

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ahhh, coil springs, what are those!!!

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Sitting here this morning, it dawned on me that I probably should have welded in the nut before welding the top plate to the cylinder… I guess I'll figure something out…

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Cut it off, weld the nut, and weld it back on.

A rule I learned real quick: Leave it tacked until she's ready for paint.

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LOL, Thanks Imped.

Yeah, Jim, that's what I get for wanting to weld so bad!!! I might have some time today to fix it, we will see.

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OK, I had plenty of room to get the gun in and weld the nut…



Day two of welding the truss and here it is…







I also cut off the wings for the abs sensor and covered it up…



I still have to weld on the coil perches and the mount for the upper tri-link… AND some clean up and paint… maybe next weekend, this is all the time I got for now.

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you are on notice, August 14th is our run this year...

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