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MIG Welding... YESSS!

Wow!

Just a little practice, some tutelage and BAM! I'm making halfway decent MIG welds!

1. Push the weld, don't pull it.

2. Get a comfortable position.

3. Slow and steady does the job.

I gotta get my OWN MIG welder!

I'll try to shoot up the rest of my film roll tomorrow and post them showing the progress I'm making on my front bumper... We'll know how strong the welds are the first time I have to pull (or be pulled) out of a ditch...


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Pushing or pulling it depends on the situation. But you will get deeper penetration with a pull


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Re: MIG Welding... YESSS!

Cool! I too have been bitten by the welding bug. Made my own tranny mount and altered a TT exhaust system to fit my 1.6/Thorley......Each time I learn more... Way Cool!

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Hello
I to have been using a mig to make bumpers etc , getting better the more use it gets . I have heard that it hard to get a good strong weld out of them and the can hide a bad weld , if you know what I mean . Hard to tell if the weld is good or not . What are your thoughs ?
i want to do a bit more but am wondering if the mig is the way to go if this is the case .
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Re: MIG Welding... YESSS!

While grinding down a weld I made at the end of a bumper - an end plate to seal it - I noticed that there was a thin line at the joint. I took that to mean that I had not really welded deep enough for a seal.

I took my grinder and carefully cut a notch along the line and then filled the notch with a slowly-made push weld that was hot enough to ensure a good melt on both sides. I then ground off the excess and it looks a lot better!

Next time, I'll cut the end plates smaller so that there is a lip at the joint that better-exposes both pieces to the weld.

I'm also going to buy a MIG welding how-to book...

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What size are your mig's?

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I have a 15. The non-flush rivets make her pretty sloppy and slow aerodynamically. She sucks Jet-A pretty bad... Oh, and I only have one... (LOL!)

Actually, it's a ClarkWeld MIG 130 EN that I borrowed from a friend at work (He's into High-performance Quad-fours...) Seems to work okay. I guess that when I'm done I'll owe him a new spool of wire...

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wow you must be rich to afford all that fuel!

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Welding 101=push aluminum,pull steel 95% of the time,RR

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Hey, thanks for the tip RR!


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