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Lincolnwelding 10-25-2013 08:08 AM

Welding machine in jeep
 
I posted this in the photo request section but never got a response so im trying here. Is anyone running any type of welder out of their jeep? I really want to get a buzzbox or a little mig machine and hook it up to my jeep but im not sure how. I want to avoid buying a generator but im well aware of how much power a good weld will require and doubt i can do that.

wgirvine 10-25-2013 08:22 AM

So you want to put a welder in your Jeep, but you don't want a generator. What power source are you planning on using to run the welder?

Lincolnwelding 10-25-2013 09:25 AM

I was hoping to see if i could convert it from my jeep if i was just gunna run a little mig. Like i said though i was pretty sure that wasnt going to happen the first time i had the thought of running a welder in my jeep. If i absolutley need a generator then thats what i need but if theres a way to run it off my jeep i would rather do that.

I really just want to see if any one has a running welder in their jeep period. Dont care how its run or what kind of welder it is or any of that. Do i have a preference of it being a more simple, cost effective set up? Yeah of course, but i'll also be happy to see the most confusing expensive set up ive ever seen in my life.

Ironworker709 10-25-2013 11:20 AM

This might be a good read and option for you...

How to: Make a Trail Mig (Flux Core) welder - JeepForum.com

Here is another option for emergency trail welding...
SERIOUS On Board Welder (OBW) If You Are Interested... - JeepForum.com

BESRK 10-25-2013 11:23 AM

I have a "Premier Power Welder" setup. Currently, I need to replace the voltage regulator and install the hand throttle. The PPW is basically a stick welder, but also serves as a 110v power source (capable of running a 4.5" grinder).

I've used my welder to make many trail repairs with no problem. I think you can also hook up the "Ready Welder" (wire feed) to it.

Lincolnwelding 10-25-2013 02:32 PM

Well the PPW is nice but that thing is super expensive. Im going with the idea of gutting the little 90. Seems like a fun and productive little project.

andrewmacc 10-28-2013 05:45 PM

I find it an incredibly sketchy deal, but a friend of mine (yes a little bit of hearsay) was telling me about a certain style of alternator you can rig up to temporarily turn it into a welder, and then turn back into your working vehicle alternator when you're done. Frankly sounds like it would wreak havoc on your truck but it's been done before apparently.

BESRK 10-29-2013 06:00 AM

I've seen a few threads over the years.. where folks have taken a large case alternator and turned it into a welder.

For the occasional trail repair, it may be easier/cheaper to just use 2 batteries for welding.

sherlocktk 10-29-2013 09:45 AM

Im the guy who initially did the How to: Make a Trail Mig (Flux Core) welder - JeepForum.com. Mine still works good thankfully I dont need it often. I wish I was able to make the box a bit smaller, but done and a little large is better than an idea and not being used. The main reason for this vs stick. Is I am not good at stick welding as I have only done it once (not having a stick welder)

Lincolnwelding 10-29-2013 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by sherlocktk (Post 17254338)
Im the guy who initially did the How to: Make a Trail Mig (Flux Core) welder - JeepForum.com. Mine still works good thankfully I dont need it often. I wish I was able to make the box a bit smaller, but done and a little large is better than an idea and not being used. The main reason for this vs stick. Is I am not good at stick welding as I have only done it once (not having a stick welder)

Thanks for the write up on that! Im actually a certified stick welder (for about one more month) so i would be much more at home with stick but im not smart enough to learn how to gut a stick machine and reassemble it in working manor. Plus, i would imagine a stick machine that would be able to run hot enough for repairs would be pretty heavy.

theksmith 10-29-2013 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Lincolnwelding (Post 17254594)
Thanks for the write up on that! Im actually a certified stick welder (for about one more month) so i would be much more at home with stick but im not smart enough to learn how to gut a stick machine and reassemble it in working manor. Plus, i would imagine a stick machine that would be able to run hot enough for repairs would be pretty heavy.

you just need jumper-cables, 2 or 3 batteries, and another jumper wire or second set of jumper-cables and you can weld stick in an emergency. not for a long time, but it will fix most trail issues.

i just finished setting up a modular jumper-cable and trail welder kit myself: http://offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3114 - i should probably post it here too.


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