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Racing, Customizing, Restoring

Passionate about modifying or customizing your car, bike or truck?   Whether it's for off-road, racing, or cruising, find welding tips and techniques here.

How-To Videos

Importance of Correct Tungsten Preparation

Miller Weld Technician Mark Kadlec explains the importance of correct tungsten preparation and demonstrates the process using both a tungsten grinder and traditional shop grinder.

Finetune Welding Arc Performance with Multimatic 215 Options

Finetuning the arc performance in welding can help you achieve the results you’re looking for. The Multimatic™ 215 multiprocess welder from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. delivers exceptional programming for high-quality arc performance straight from the factory. The versatile, easy-to-use Multimatic 215 multiprocess welder can MIG, TIG and stick weld, and it connects to 120 or 240-volt power — to tackle a wide range of projects in the shop. But when your welding job calls from some slight adjustments, a hidden menu screen allows you to finetune the arc performance to better meet your needs. Learn how to access the hidden menu screen to make numerous adjustments — including recalibration of the internal drive motor, adjustment of the internal motor run-in speed for proper wire starts in tacks or small runs, and calibration of the spool gun. The hidden screen also offers logs for time, arcs and weld cycles.

How to Build a Car Bumper Using a TIG Welder

When no after-market bumpers are the right fit, you can build a bumper for your off-road race car or vehicle. Watch motorsports professional Craig Curione build a bumper for his Can-Am side-by-side car in his home shop. Because the 4130 chromoly base material is sensitive to heat, Curione uses the Miller® Syncrowave® 210 TIG welder on DC at 100 amps of power for reduced heat input and distortion. The result is greater control and high quality finished welds.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham Relies on Miller Welders

NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and car owner Ray Evernham has been in racing a long time, and he’s worked with the best — including Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon and now Hendrick Motorsports. From his beginning building street stocks and modified cars to his current passion of restoring historic race cars and streetcars, Miller® welders have always been a critical part of Evernham’s work, which is featured on the television show “AmeriCarna” on Velocity network.

Choosing a TIG Welder — Learn More About the Syncrowave 210

If you’re in the market for a new TIG welder, an inverter-based Syncrowave® 210 from Miller Electric Mfg. Co. provides AC TIG for welding aluminum and a spool gun accessory that lets you MIG weld to fill gaps or increase your travel speed. The menu on the machine’s front panel also lets you access additional features and benefits of the Syncrowave 210 welder. The amperage control and process selector are on the front panel’s main controls, where you select AC or DC TIG, stick or MIG welding with the spool gun. Accessing the hidden menu lets you tap into additional features, including changing the start setting to high frequency starts or lift arc, and adjusting the tungsten settings to match the tungsten size being used. The post-flow gas setting can also be adjusted using the hidden menu — a great feature to get extra post-flow gas levels for shielding when welding stainless steel or titanium.

TIG Welding in the Field Requires Portability Flexibility

When you need to TIG weld in the field, you want a machine that provides the portability and flexibility to get the job done. Motorsports professional Craig Curione uses the Syncrowave® 210 TIG welder to build and restore side-by-side race cars because it offers lightweight portability and the ability to run on 120 or 240 volts — for use with a generator in the field. The Syncrowave 210 TIG welder from Miller also has built-in pulsed welding capabilities and lets you easily change wave frequency and balance for welding aluminum.


Miller Dynasty 210

Ron Covell Reviews the Dynasty 210 DX TIG Runner with Wireless Package

Ron Covell, owner of Covell Creative Metalworking in Freedom, California, is highly respected in the street rod industry. His column, "Professor Hammer's Metalworking Tips," has run in Street Rodder Magazine since 1995, and in 2000, a second "Professor Hammer" series, was launched in Classic Trucks Magazine. Read this article where he provides a product review on the Miller Dynasty 210 DX TIG Runner with Wireless Package.
Jimmy Shine Video Clip

Jimmy Shine Builds on Southern California Hot Rod Tradition

Jimmy Shine’s love of fast cars and welding started at a young age. Growing up in Orange County, California, Shine recalls drawing pictures of hot rods and going to drag races and speed shops with his dad Denny, who was into bike racing, drag racing and off-roading. In the years since, Shine has combined his passions of welding and fast vehicles to build a reputation as a talented fabricator and hot rodder. He’s built million-dollar cars and he was part of a team that set a land speed record in 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Read on to see how he uses Miller equipment to get the job done.
Jessica Johnston on welder at Axis Fabrication

A Love of Racing Leads Jessica Johnston to Welding

Johnston isn’t fazed by being a woman in two male-dominated worlds: racing and welding. She plans to continue chasing her passions and doing what she loves. “You have to prove yourself — everybody wants to make sure that you know what you’re talking about,” Johnston says. “But I’m not going anywhere. It’s so much of a passion that nothing will deter me. Once you’re in the industry and people take you seriously, it’s a family.”

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