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  1. #1
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    Default Howdy! introduction and bundle o spagetti header project

    Hey guys, I have just discovered this forum. I have been browsing around for a couple days and there are some neat projects and conversations going on.
    I like the image posting ability here. It really adds to a welding forum when you can see welds and projects I think. Neat stuff.

    I love welding and fabricating things from metal, I've been at it for a few years now. I'm a computer nerd by day, welder and home mechanic at night when I need to be. I'm completely self taught, or self "poorly taught". I'm sure I have lots of bad habits. But I get by pretty well and make useful things for my cars. I am lately starting to feel like I can do some decent fabrication on stainless steel, and mild steel. Aluminum is a bit of a struggle still. Mild steel kinda bugs me, just because it is so dirty to weld, I hate watching the metal vaporize under the torch and the beads get so wide. Stainless is so clean and easy I just try to work with it whenever I can. its easy welding, but hard cutting, grinding, and everything else. I practice when I can, and I have quite a few projects under my belt now.

    Here is my current stainless project. Its a turbo header for my car. Please feel free to critique my welds. I have never had anyone look at my work with an experienced eye. Most of my non-weldor friends think my stuff looks "cool". But to me its quite mediocre. My handwriting is sloppy, and I just don't have that steady artistic hand that some people seem to naturally have, that also seems to lead to beautiful welds. And my pictures weren't really meant to display the welds when I took them.

    I'm not sure of the post etiquette. So sorry that this may be long winded.

    My equipment is, sorry its not a Miller product, HTP USA 200 amp inverter tig machine. Tubing material is 304L stainless, the flange is mild steel. filler wire is 309, 1/32", or thereabouts. Tungsten is blue tipped, Lanthanated 2% 1/16" dia.. I backpurged when I can, especially on tubes when i can't reach the back side to clean up my messes.

    And without further ado . . .





  2. #2
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    self-taught???!!! pretty d-a-m-n good!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks for posting pics!!
    At first I thought it was a art project you were doing! Like an octopus
    I'm not late...
    I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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    welcome,
    thats a great job you did on the headers.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
    summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
    JAMES

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    Welcome , those are good liking headers

    Inferno Forge

    Chris

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    Guys, If you would, take a look at the welding on the "collector" in the first picture. See the little bit of burn through you see on the inside of the tubes? Is this due to insufficient gas coverage on the back of the tube? Would solar flux help this? I worry about any junk on the inside of the header that might later break free and fly through a turbo impeller.

    Any thoughts on improving that?
    Skillz: Mig, Tig, and Gas for bending, melting, and cutting
    My baby - htp 200 amp invertig.

    Blog: www.denverspeed.com

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    yes solar flux would fix it, or a better back gassing would also do it. you may not have a good enough flow behind the weld. beshore the back gas can flow threw the back so it can push out the air and keep the area oxygen free. the past would also take care of it, wich ever one is easyest for you to do is fine.
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

    feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
    summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
    JAMES

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