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Tips for TIG welding an upper control arm

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Buzz Johns, head fabricator at ThorSport Racing, explains how to fabricate an upper control arm. Watch this two-part series for a step-by-step process and tips for keeping weld distortion to a minimum.

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SEMA Preview

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Miller is currently prepping for an exciting 2012 SEMA Show – the largest automotive specialty show in the world.

Held Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, attendees can experience hands-on welding and cutting demos from Miller Electric Mfg. booth #24013, in the Racing & Performance pavilion, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Visitors can test the newest MIG, TIG and Plasma cutting equipment, get technical questions answered, and check out the latest offerings in our welding protection line.

The custom-built EPIC Chopper, a grand prize in the Job Weld Done Giveaway, will be on display in the booth and builder Dar Holdsworth of the Oklahoma City-based Darwin Motorcycles will be in the booth daily from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions about the one-of-a-kind bike. Attendees are encouraged to enter the Job Weld Done Giveaway on-site. Not going to the show? Get more information and enter to win at

And two talented metal artists will provide demos and complete projects using automotive parts from a designated area in the booth. On Tuesday and Wednesday, watch Stephen Christena of Midwest Metal Works create a Cam Shaft Cocktail Table using both MIG and TIG processes and plasma cutting. On Thursday and Friday, Thomas Patsis of Cold Hard Art will fabricate a Hemi Spyder using the TIG welding process from a variety of parts including nuts, bolts, sheets metal, round and square tubing and welding wire.

To catch live reports and updates from the show, Miller fans are invited to check out for news, exclusive interviews and points of interest from the show floor communicated through the extensive Miller social media network on: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Read the latest from Miller in the June DIY e-newsletter

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Our June DIY e-newsletter was released June 6. Access the latest content at here where you can read feature articles and take a look inside our partner shops, view how-to videos, see what’s new from Miller, get upcoming event schedules and more!

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Keep materials clean and in good condition

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Paint, rust and mill scale are your enemy. Clean the joint area before welding with a grinder/sander, wire brush or other metal cleaner. Keep wire in a clean, dry place when you’re not welding. Contaminants on your wire lead to poor welds.

Establish a good ground connection and always check your cable condition. Loose or bad connections, or poor cables, will cause heat. That heat is a loss of welding current you should be using at the arc. You can’t jump start a car with a lamp cord, so don’t weld with one either. A welder needs heavy cables in good condition to weld effectively. Also, don’t forget to change contact tips. They are NOT made of gold and they DO wear out. Also keep them tight and check them often as they will naturally loosen up from heating and cooling.

Until next time,
Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager

Know when to push or pull

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

When MIG welding steel – you can push or pull, just stay consistent. Changing from a push to a pull during a weld will affect weld penetration and appearance. This is because it normally takes a slight change in wire speed when changing from pushing the gun to pulling it. Also, the angle of the gun determines if the weld wire is hitting the colder edge of the puddle (as in a push angle) or pointing to the hotter part of the puddle (pulling). The pull will give you deeper penetration, so if you are welding thinner material, use the push method to prevent burn through.

When you’re TIG welding, push the torch at a 10- to 15-degree angle, whenever possible. And never pull a TIG torch. This makes sure you have proper gas coverage and cleaning of the weld zone. If you pull the torch, it will cause the weld bead to appear black and contaminated.

Until next time,
Andy WeyenbergMotorsports Marketing Manager

Miller to sponsor No. 19 Chevrolet Impala with Mike Bliss in Nationwide Series Top Gear 300 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Miller will partner with TriStar Motorsports to serve as a primary sponsor of the No. 19 Chevrolet Impala with driver Mike Bliss in the Top Gear 300 race this Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The partnership will mark Miller’s first NASCAR primary sponsorship endeavor.

“It’s an exciting time for us to be able to partner with TriStar Motorsports and Mike Bliss”, said Andy Weyenberg, Manager of Motorsports Marketing at Miller. “We believe in Mike’s ability and have worked with him at Xpress Motorsports when he won a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship and again at the Haas CNC Sprint Cup program. Miller products are used daily at many of these race shops, so when Rick Carpenter brought this opportunity to us, we thought it would be a great way to highlight our products to everyone from the casual hobbyist to the professional racer.”

TriStar Motorsports Driver Mike Bliss reiterates Weyenberg’s excitement about the partnership especially at the track where he recorded his last Nationwide Series victory in 2009.

“It’s an honor to once again work with Andy and Miller for this weekend’s race at Charlotte. Not only is their equipment first class, but they put a large emphasis on people and commitment which is just one of the many reasons they have a large global presence. I know we will represent them well and put on a great show for them and the fans.”

Tune into the Top Gear 300 race on ABC this Saturday, May 28 at 1:30 p.m. (Central). Pre-show coverage countdown starts at 1 p.m.

Detroit Speed Inc: A Motor City Success Story

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Married engineers Kyle and Stacy Tucker had no idea when they custom-built unique suspension parts for a ’69 Camaro pet project that it would lead to a successful business. From humble beginnings in a two-car garage in Detroit to its 30,000-square-foot home in Mooresville, N.C., Detroit Speed Inc. has been on one wild ride and today is a go-to source for custom fabrication projects and its product line of automotive parts. Read more and take a look inside Detroit Speed!












The Miller Jet Dragster is back for 2011 — competing in 11 events!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The Miller Jet Dragster is back for 2011 — competing in 11 events! Miller is a proud supporter of motorsports at all levels of competition and has teamed up with Larsen Motorsports driver Elaine Larsen, of Haines City, Fla., for another great year of racing.

Also back is the Miller Welding Road Show; a nationwide tour including participation at premiere drag-racing events. Through the Road Show, Miller engages and educates the racing community about welding and the significant role welders play in all levels of the sport.

Check out the 2011 event schedule for a race near you and don’t miss Elaine Larsen on PowerBlock via Spike TV March 19-20, 2011.

Want more? Watch the Miller Jet Dragster accelerate to nearly 300 mph in less than five seconds and visit