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12-16-2010, 01:39 AM #11Welding in Crete
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01-01-2011, 08:31 AM #12Junior Member
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01-01-2011, 12:29 PM #13Junior Member
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I respectfully challenge the notion that this takes vo-tech, college, or months of dedication to get a basic...
I say it's very do-able for anyone who is even slightly above average with their hands and has a bit of finesse. The key is patience.. as was mentioned- tiny spots scattered with plenty of attention to heat accumulation. Primary goal: avoid warp. Getting the patch in place is almost like the secondary goal, if that makes sense.. that's how important it is to control heat.
I suggest you start your training by cutting a bunch of strips 1" wide by ~12" long and turn them into half as many strips 2" wide by 12" long.
Buy or make some panel clamps like THESE then practice a bit and report back before you touch the car.
Keep in mind this weld is only required to hold light weight material together under a low load demand.
It's not a critical weld so a few defect areas of porosity or slightly cold (incomplete) fusion don't matter.Mike
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