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  • Welding repair on an Aluminum boat

    This is what we started with...pics will be added as work progresses. BTW..We are not professional welders, we do little odd jobs on the side for neighbors, etc.
    All welding done with a Miller Syncrowave 200, 2% Lanthanated tungsten, 4043 filler, & pure argon gas.







    Last edited by Goat Driver; 08-26-2013, 06:45 AM.

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    A lot of F-26 and J-B Weld...


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    • #3
      Repairs started....

      Welding all the rivets



      Repair and strengthen the transom...added 2"x2"x1/8" aluminum angle and a 10"x12"x1/8" aluminum plate and welded in.





      more pics coming as work progresses

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      • #4
        I enjoy doing projects just like yours. You plan on blasting, priming and painting afterword? Cleaning those rivets is always a pain, especially when they have been covered and recovered with repair material..
        Last edited by ja baudin; 08-28-2013, 01:40 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ja baudin View Post
          I enjoy doing projects just like yours. You plan on blasting, priming and painting afterword? Cleaning those rivets is always a pain, especially when they have been covered and recovered with repair material..

          I'm with ya about cleaning those rivets

          My son and I are only doing the welding and a few repairs, the boat belongs to a guy down the road, He will be doing all the cleaning, priming, painting and etc. The guy just bought the boat and asked us to do a little welding and repair on it.
          I am praying that my son will pick up on the trade of aluminum welding and repair jobs like this. My son is dyslexic and has a learning disability but he is "good with his hands". He already does small engine repair and is quite good at it, he does a good business just by word of mouth. I'm trying to teach him another useful trade as he does not have the "book learning" ability to go to college, etc.

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          • #6
            Welding repair on an Aluminum boat

            Goat, you sound like an awesome dad. Good on ya man.

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            • #7
              Looks pretty darn good to me. Good luck and i second you on teaching him the trade.

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              • #8
                Thanks guys for the kind words...God has been really good to us and He gets all the glory.

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                • #9
                  Happy Fathers day

                  Ji

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                  • #10
                    Good luck Goat Driver, on teaching your kid the trade, I was a mostly D student, I was tickled to death when I got a C- on my report card, I did get better grades in my shop classes.

                    Theres alot of us that were not meant to be suit and tie guys and have other talents ( Its all about finding his talents )

                    What I lacked in book smarts I made up for with alot of drive, common sense and the want to succeed.

                    Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      Welding repair on an Aluminum boat

                      Sometimes I think we have lost much in some of the trades due to books, they are great and a good way to learn but our forefathers learned a trade by working years as a apprentice then journeyman and in due time became a master of his trade or craft then had the great privilege to teach others.
                      I respect men who work with there minds but one of the greatest Blessing I have in this life is to work with my hands and totally enjoy it. There is just something about being dead tired at the end of a good hard days work that makes a man sleep well.
                      I also was lucky to get C's in high school and never went to Collage, but at age 12 my dad got so mad at me cause I would try and weld all the metal I could find togeather when he wasn't around and I'd hide them under the work bench. By age 16 I could weld much better than he could (he wasn't a good welder). At age 18 I did all the welding that came into our garage. I've worked with my hands all my life and never went hungry also had a good roof over my head and sleep well at night.
                      The Bible instructs us to ("live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands").
                      Your a good man Goat Driver and your son is Blessed to have you as his father, and I'd guess your also Blessed to have him as your son. The Lord has a way of working these things out, and sometimes the simple things in life are the most precious. Your son will do fine in life, I would guess better than most, To God be the Glory!! He is so precious to me & my family.
                      Greg

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gnforge View Post
                        Sometimes I think we have lost much in some of the trades due to books, they are great and a good way to learn but our forefathers learned a trade by working years as a apprentice then journeyman and in due time became a master of his trade or craft then had the great privilege to teach others.
                        I respect men who work with there minds but one of the greatest Blessing I have in this life is to work with my hands and totally enjoy it. There is just something about being dead tired at the end of a good hard days work that makes a man sleep well.
                        I also was lucky to get C's in high school and never went to Collage, but at age 12 my dad got so mad at me cause I would try and weld all the metal I could find togeather when he wasn't around and I'd hide them under the work bench. By age 16 I could weld much better than he could (he wasn't a good welder). At age 18 I did all the welding that came into our garage. I've worked with my hands all my life and never went hungry also had a good roof over my head and sleep well at night.
                        The Bible instructs us to ("live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands").
                        Your a good man Goat Driver and your son is Blessed to have you as his father, and I'd guess your also Blessed to have him as your son. The Lord has a way of working these things out, and sometimes the simple things in life are the most precious. Your son will do fine in life, I would guess better than most, To God be the Glory!! He is so precious to me & my family.
                        Greg
                        Thanks to you Greg for the reasonable thoughts. Reason seems to have been lost by most in these perilous times.... most of all....Thanks be to the Lord!
                        I very much agree with you about the loss of much due to books, it seems that "education", as it is known today, has become as some kind of god to our distorted society.
                        My hope is not for my son to be rich in the things of the "world" or popular, etc. but rich in godly wisdom, the knowledge of right things, to have discernment to lead him on the straight and narrow and that he know the Lord.
                        Have a blessed day.

                        M.L.

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                        • #13
                          Welding repair on an Aluminum boat

                          Thank you!
                          This has also been my hope & prayer. There has been sleepless nights but my son is back on the straight & narrow, a answer to many prayers. He is a good man and our Lord is Faithful and does answer prayer.
                          He and his wife went away for weekend (his 30th birthday) my wife & I keep there 2-daughters 3 & 5 year old. It was a great weekend, being a grandpa is awesome!! But kinda glad I'm going back to work tomorrow, to rest up. Ha ha.
                          Good to talk with a man of wisdom & Faith.
                          Good night Brother, best wishes

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                          • #14
                            Just an update....since I have not posted any further progress on the boat, I wanted to let you all know why.

                            The guy that owns the boat has had some bad news and work is halted on the boat for now...His 2 year old was diagnosed with leukemia, they have begun chemo on Blake at St. Jude in Memphis, TN.

                            All prayers will be much appreciated.

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                            • #15
                              Welding repair on an Aluminum boat

                              Prayers coming there way from the Volunteer state. St Jude is a great hospital.
                              Also thx for the update, I enjoy threads like these.

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