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    Default Modifying a boat top ???

    I am modifying a T Top for a pioneer fishing boat. It appears to be 1 3/4" OD aluminum tubing. I am just shortening the 2 uprights on one side(the top is laying down in the pics). I am taking a 3" section out and butt welding back together. Will inserting a smaller diameter tube and using it as a backer be sufficient enough? I will sand the weld flat and polish after words. Would drilling a 3/8" or 1/2" hole below and above the but joint to use as a plug weld to the inserted smaller tube make it any stronger or will the pull pen butt weld be enough? It uses the 4 circle plates and the two angles above it to mount to the sides of the console. Thx. Dave
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    Thought I would have atleast one reply by now! Haha.....either way, being that it is Labor Day weekend where may I be able to find some sort of aluminum tube 1 3/8" OD or a solid stock? Thanks. Dave

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    Could the section you cut out be cut lengthwise then squeezed together and inserted back into the pipe. I think some do that SS tube so maybe it will work with aluminum also.

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    I was thinking the same thing as I looked at it on my kitchen counter......could be I guess....
    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock40 View Post
    Could the section you cut out be cut lengthwise then squeezed together and inserted back into the pipe. I think some do that SS tube so maybe it will work with aluminum also.

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    Looked at your first pic, is that how you plan to piece back together your aluminum tower? An OA tourch? What kind of machine do you have to weld aluminum?


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    No....accidentally uploaded that pic. I have a Diversion 165 and some 4043 3/32 filler or 1/8 if needed. Dave

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    Those boat towers are sometimes clear anodized and are difficult to weld unless done properly. Research bump technique on the forum and that may give you some good info on your project. Once you cut out the peices to shorten, practice welding on them first. You may have to heavily prepare the surfaces you plan to weld to remove the anodizing. Good luck with your project and think of safety first, your tower will have to withstand some pretty fast travel speeds on the water and on the road. Ja


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    Can the tower be mounted lower on the console? That may be an easier fix to shorten the overall height? Just thinking of different options. Good luck


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    Jersey welder i do this kind of work all day. There is a supply house in miami fl. that has weldable sleeves that we use to do what you want. The name of the supply warehouse is E-TECH your pipe is anodized be carefull how you weld that. That take a different technique than regular aluminum welding. Hope this helps you good luck.

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    Smile "Bump Welding" Anodized...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaby View Post
    There is a supply house in miami fl. that has weldable sleeves that we use to do what you want. The name of the supply warehouse is E-TECH your pipe is anodized be carefull how you weld that. That take a different technique than regular aluminum welding. Hope this helps you good luck.
    Bump Welding...

    Anodizing leaves a nonconductive layer of aluminum oxide on the surface that will not allow you to draw an arc... so you have to "Bump" the tungsten to break through it and start the arc..

    Here is a thread on it that might be helpful..

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...chine-settings
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