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    Default fuel cell, first project with new welder

    hey all, im new here. been reading on here for awhile and theres some good info on here. i weld for my job but not too long ago i bought my first tig welder. it is a 99 model syncrowave 350lx. i was looking at new welders at first but for a machine that would do what i wanted i couldnt pass this one up for the money. i paid 3000. for the welder. it is has all the options and it came with a watermate 4 cooler,foot pedal,2 tig torches,arc welding stinger,hand remote switch, smith flometer,and a nice homebuilt cart.

    for my first project i decided to build a fuel cell for my car. i still have to order the cap and bungs but basic structure is built. thought id share some pics for you guys.
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    I'd like to see them!
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    i think i got it.
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    finally figured it out
    Last edited by spence648; 05-12-2009 at 09:37 PM.

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    and heres some more




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    Holy he11 man...those are some nice looking welds. Whats it going in?
    Precision is only as important as the project...if you're building a rocket ship...1/64" would matter. If you're building a sledgehammer...an 1/8" probably wont.

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    Wow that's really nice, what gauge and alloy of AL is that made from? I had an order for one here local and the guy said "i'll supply the sheet aluminum and cut it" well turns out the stuff was anodized, talk about a b*tch to weld ... it was a night mare bump welding all the way around the seems of a rather large cell

    Yours looks great though, makes me wanna trash the one down stairs and go get some 1/8th 5052 and start over
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    the cell is going in a 91 mustang bracket car.

    the aluminum is 5051 and is id say 12 guage, pry in the .090-.100" range in thickness.

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    Nice. Any internal baffles, or just the sump?

    Definitely looks nice. Any pictures of said 91 Mustang bracket car?
    Precision is only as important as the project...if you're building a rocket ship...1/64" would matter. If you're building a sledgehammer...an 1/8" probably wont.

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    no internal baffles or anything. i was just going to stuff some foam in it. thanks guys. heres a couple pics of the car.




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