While I don't have pics, a few years ago a buddy of mine stick welded a cage in his stretched TJ. I was totally blown away when he told me he used an Arc Welder... the welds sort of reminded me of the "stack of tacks" that some people do with a MIG. IIRC he used a 7018 Rod and was amazingly consistent with it.
He now runs his own shop "Full Awn Fabrication" up in Northern Virginia.. he's a very talented fabricator.
I looked in some old pics and couldn't find any closeups of it,but stick welded both my bumpers made of a schedule 40 2" pipe with 3/32" 7018 before i upgraded from my old Lincoln 135 110v to the Lincoln 180 220v here at home...
As far as stick welding cages and such,it was the common process to use for drag racing and NASCAR among other motorsports before all these new wirefeed machines and good filler wires came out...Scratch TIG was also used if you had the money to invest in it back then...
My father and his best freind used to build and race dirt track cars in Smyrna Delaware and all the chassis and roll cages were stick welded and certified before they were allowed ro run.
I LOVE to stick weld anything..especialy pipe/tube.it was always a challenge and sort of an art ,in the early 80's i worked in a shop in Pa that built vessels and pipe work for DuPonts and i learned pipe welding there,the old guy i worked under always said"it's all in the twist of the wrist boy".
I beleive stick welding is much harder to master than TIG,always hear people say how hard TIG is,TIG is much slower and controlable..with stick you have to be able to hold a correct arc length and feed it,,angle of the rod,,watch the puddle and speed all at the same time
Stick takes a heck of a lot longer to learn than any other process to be even "acceptacle" at it...
Even though i live to stick weld..if i have a choice between a wirefeed for cages and automotive type work...wirefeed wins everytime
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