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Unread 08-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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Welder questions

Ok, so I have an old arc welder, Lincoln if I remember right, I got from my dad. What I want to know is if what I have is good for what I'm wanting to plan for my YJ? Probably the most demanding project would be a 4 link setup. I'm just kinda going crazy with ideas right now and need to get a good idea of the tools I have at the moment.

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Unread 08-22-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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More imfo on the welder. What voltage? AC or DC. What model is it?
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Unread 08-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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It'll work but you need a lot of skill to do what your thinking about doing. If you have to buy leads you may want to consider a wire welder.
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Unread 08-22-2012, 11:01 PM   #4
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if you learn to stick weld, you can weld with pretty much any process. even if its an AC, it still worth firing up and learning on, no reason to go shell out a bunch of money if you have something that will work to learn on. i learned to weld with a lincoln AC buzzbox... that my dad gave me. they definetly have their limits, but you can still make it work. go pick up some 6011 and 6013 sticks and start laying flat beads, lots of guys will say to learn with 7018 but i find it is easier to see the arc and puddle of a 60s rod, which makes it a whole lot easier.

once you can put down a nice flat weld, try joing some pieces! dont forget to post some pictures!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
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PLEASE do not "learn" to weld on a 4-link project. There are some serious forces that need to have proper attachment points in a suspension.

With that said, arc welding is a great way to learn the process of welding. It is frustrating to have the electrode stick to the work piece, but once you figure out how to do it you will learn how to watch the puddle and gain deep penetration.
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Unread 08-24-2012, 07:22 AM   #6
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Quote:
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PLEASE do not "learn" to weld on a 4-link project. There are some serious forces that need to have proper attachment points in a suspension.

With that said, arc welding is a great way to learn the process of welding. It is frustrating to have the electrode stick to the work piece, but once you figure out how to do it you will learn how to watch the puddle and gain deep penetration.
I wasn't planning on learning as I go. I do have a very little bit of experience stick welding already but haven't done it for about 4 years and definitely need the practice before I start something like that.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:16 PM   #7
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This is the welder I have, it's clearly not a Lincoln.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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That's a nice "vintage" stick welder. AC/DC and 250amps.. if it works well, it'll do anything you need for brackets, bumpers, axles..etc. As mentioned, make sure your up to speed on your welding prior to tackling anything critical.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #9
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One of my first welds. Welding two pieces of 2" diameter tubing end to end using 7018 sticks. Very first pit a hole through the tubing
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