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He never did make any mention of gas for the sheilding . Wonder what he rigged up for that ? LOL , kewl post anyway...
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dparker, awesome link!

sarge, sheilding gas is simple. just hook up a bottle of argon with a set of regulators on the tank and the tig torch will also have a gas flow on/off valve.

just ditch the headlight dimmer switch and use a sewing machine peddle and you will be set!

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I wonder if you could run it right off your Zuk, with an upgraded alt and battery? I'm no good at wireing but would love to have a set up like that!! [img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img]
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It could definitly be done, the queston is, if the cables, bottle and rod are
worthwhile to haul along. If your using a CO2 air bottle already...Hmmm
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OK, lets hope I don't look like a total ass by asking this but....
from the diagram, it just looks like a completed circuit that runs the torch right? With the torch being the negative and the ground the positive. So would it be possible to say, for example, use a stick welder to do the same thing? I have a 240V unit in the garage that I rarely use, now that I've been using MIG. What if I ran the same style of setup using the stick welder instead of the alt? And used the sewing pedal in the positive, right between the welding unit and the ground? I could adjust the output of the welder to one of the settings and just control it via the pedal? I have absolutely NO experience with TIG, it just sounds like a cool project, especially for header work [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Any thoughts???

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im sure you could just have to lug a bottle around with you
heres few old links 2 just a homade stic welder installed on vechiles so it can b done think id just like to have it in the shop to play with cing how i already got a mig and arc welder
http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/on-boardwelder/index.html
http://www.huv.com/jon/jeep/Welder/on-board-welder.html
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I just read that whole thread on that other bbs and that sounds like a good idea........but yours sounds better..I have a sears 220 that I use on heavy metal and was thinking the same as you...does anybody know if it would work??

The ground would be the tig torch and the positive would be the one with the foot pedal right? but what settings should it be put on..I already have argon for the tig on my mig with the regulator and have the extra line.That will also save money on a tig..there going for 1200.oo and up
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I think the amp settings run the same as with MIG or stick. For example, at about 130 amps, your max thickness metal would be about 3/16", give or take. So, we could adjust our amp output to suit the metal we're welding. I can't see why using a stick wouldn't work? Anyone? Sounds better and easier than the alt, that's for sure [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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arc and TIG are different. Linclon used to make (maybe still do?) a high freq head that
used an AC/DC arc as the primary power source. If i remember right it superimposed
a High freq wave over the arc wave form. why would I know this? I have one out in the
garage. I just never got around to hooking it up, and since moving here, haven't
had the space. I got it cheap, ($50 as I remember) at a Fleamarket.

I think the alt more closely simulates the TIG wave form, so its a better power source than
an arc. If it was that easy everyone with an arc would be doing tig.
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