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  • #16
    Ryan,

    If you're really serious about building custom choppers, pay close attention when you get into the pipework. No, there is no 3" sch.80 etc on a chopper, but the layout & coping, for saddle-on & saddle-in joints will all be pretty much the same. If you spend time learning the proper mitre cuts & pipe fit up, then later on, making chopper frames should be a snap.

    Get as much practice in as you can with GTAW, it will become your best friend where you are planning to go. Aluminum will be a little tricky at first, learning how to read the puddle, and how to control your heat input so an entire chunk doesn't fall out onto the floor. Just keep with it you'll get it.

    Whatever you are learning, force yourself to weld right-handed and left-handed. Sounds like an odd idea but it will do 2 things for you:

    1) Give you the ability to switch hands if one starts to cramp without losing quality & efficiency.

    2) Give you options.....If a weld is awkward and clumsy with one hand, it may well be right in your comfort zone using the other hand. If you practice enough, you will be able to switch hands and complete the weld almost without thought.

    I guess an added bonus will be the extra emphasis on technique and greater concentration you will develop while learning to read the weld.

    I'm not sure what my plans are for Motorports this winter. Locally, I have one asphalt and one dirt IMCA Modified to build & have ready for spring depending on the guys finances. If I set my sights further South in 2008 to a Professional Race team out of Calgary, I can either go with one guy on the Nascar Canadian Tire Series in Eastern Canada & Northern U.S. or I can go with his father to a few races on the Busch Grand National circuit, and still travel B.C. & Alberta with the IMCA Modifieds.

    Decision, Decisions.

    Keep your nose in the books.
    Later,
    Last edited by Black Wolf; 09-12-2007, 12:27 AM.
    Later,
    Jason

    Professional Spark Generator by Trade.

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    • #17
      youngwelder_154, go back over the last post from Black Wolf, read it again and again, program it into your head, I could not have given you any better advice. Dave
      If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

      sigpicJohn Blewett III 10-22-73 to 8-16-07
      Another racing great gone but not to be forgotten.http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...modified&hl=en

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      • #18
        I will add a little to BlackWolf's. Get good with that torch, right and left handed, forehand and backhand. It will make life so much simpler. He is also right about right and left hand welding. My dad made me learn both in a rather unusual way. One day I would do everything right handed, the next everything was left handed. I have spent a total of two years with my right hand in a cast and never got to where I can even sign my own name, but I can run a torch better left handed than most right handed guys can right handed. I started really young. I think that makes it easier.

        The absolute most important thing is practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more. Oh, and that 3" sched 80 is a whole lot easier to work with than 1/8" wall one inch.

        The colleges I went to (yes plural, and no not welding, computer science and studio art, lol) all had labs and usually had night and weekend hours. I was lucky in that most of my teachers would let me in even when they didn't have a lab attendant (even the welding shop even though a trained lab attendant was supposed to be there) most would let me do my thing while they were teaching another class as long as it didn't disrupt the class. Probably didn't hurt that I was always willing to share what I know, and it never hurts to have a pro handy when starting beginners with welding equipment.
        Lincoln: Eagle 10,000, Weld-Pak HD, Weld-Pak 155, AC-225, LN-25 wirefeeder
        Miller: Syncrowave 250DX Tigrunner
        Westinghouse: 400+ amp AC
        ThermalArc Handy wirefeeder
        1 Harris, 3 Victor O/A rigs
        Arcair gouger
        Too many other power toys to list.

        Do it right, do it once. And in all things ya get what ya pay for.

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        • #19
          I almost forgot. Get yourself a copy of "The Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding" and read it!!!! It is the absolute best reference book I have found on welding. It covers all the processes, and anything you want more detailed info on it tells you where to go get it. You can buy it online from Lincoln for about 15 bucks if I remember correctly, or just about any welding supply should be able to get it for you. Might even be able to get a used one at amazon. Well worth the small price.
          Lincoln: Eagle 10,000, Weld-Pak HD, Weld-Pak 155, AC-225, LN-25 wirefeeder
          Miller: Syncrowave 250DX Tigrunner
          Westinghouse: 400+ amp AC
          ThermalArc Handy wirefeeder
          1 Harris, 3 Victor O/A rigs
          Arcair gouger
          Too many other power toys to list.

          Do it right, do it once. And in all things ya get what ya pay for.

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          • #20
            Try this one guys!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by youngwelder_154 View Post
              Hey everyone I haven't been on in the past two weeks or so and I just started my welding program, I have to say I was only there one day but just being there it was like a dream they just got two brand new machines from ESAB and Lincoln worth a $30,000 price tag the only two in Prince Edward Island as well. Today was just a big get together bbq at the big college in town, I went to different areas to meet different people and one person definitely got my attention when saying $1000 I found out that since I lived in PEI all my life and for the last year completing high school ( everyone has this opportunity is they qualify) I get $1000 given to my for the next 3 years for either my tuition or for what ever I want and this year its for what ever I want but its all going to be for my gas and my cell phone bill. But I have to say my welding program is going to be a great experience we even have a young lady there with us I'm glad to see that girls are getting involved with the trades now. There seems to be more and more coming to the college every year. They have one success story where a girl graduated and ended up getting a job up at Atlantic turbines welding exotic metals for aero planes, and I may also add she got into a car accident the same year and broke her back and tried to come back to school a week later wanting to finish the course all I can say is thats pure determination. Keep on coming girls we need ya out in the trade
              Ya girls are great until you work beside one! Then all you hear all day is can you help me what should I do about this. ect.... Man you need to get off that island and work in the real world not your fantasy world! In my experience girls make exellent helpers stabbers even spacers but very few make great welders although I sure they are out there I've just never met her! Just go to school do good and move as far away from that island as you can. Then when you get some experience you can move back and tell them that they were wrong! Jef

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              • #22
                It pays to be a good welder but a guy could really hang his hat on being able to do one thing well I might be tempted to really work on bending. If you were super good at that one thing you wouldnt have to know much else,, ha
                I tell my Buds kid, a bright lad not to be a genius at this job he gets a while back when work was good but to be the first one to grab up the shovel. Probably still be working today if he would have picked up on that.
                I wanted to have that stinger in my hand when I was a sprout. As I got a bit older I change gears and figure a way to stand out first thing on a new job. I get bored easily so I love going somewhere new when things are gearing up and people are fumbling around with their hands in their pockets. About the second day the boss comes over and asks,,, what you think we should do,,, ha

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