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Re: [GFS] Welders?



Golden Fin Society - http://clubs.hemmings.com/goldenfin/

Jack & everbody else
    The metal for most body work is 20-26 gauge. Spend the extra money and
by a MIG that uses shielding gas not fluxcore wire. Running solid wire and
Argomix gas[75%Argon 25%CO2] gives a much cleaner weld. Straight CO2
spatters a little more and you can get carbon imbrittlement  in the weld,
that is only a concern on unibody cars or frame welding. CO2 is cheaper
than
the mix. CO2 and the mix regulators do not interchange, so if you do not
want to buy both like I did, best make up your mind in the beginning.
Solid
wire is much cheaper than fluxcore. Fluxcore can also give you slag
inclusion in the weld, latter the slag pops out and ruins your job. The
only
advantage to flux core is if you weld in a bad draft you do not have to
worry about the shielding gas blowing away. Also be sure the welder has a
solenoid valve to control the gas.
      Did I confuse everybody?
        Paul A, Schmidt
-----Original Message-----
From: William Lewis <reatawhippets@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: GFS <GoldenFin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 1:47 PM
Subject: [GFS] Welders?


>Golden Fin Society - http://clubs.hemmings.com/goldenfin/
>
>Hi GFSers,
>It is about time that I teach myself how to weld.  But first I need to
get
a
>set-up.  Sears Craftsman, Eastwood, Northern Freight and Harbor catalogs
>show neat varieties of MIG and Wire Feed welders and brands that include
>Century, Lincoln Electric etc.
>
>The wire feed welders look great from a price and ease of use
perspective,
>but will they do the job for us: trunk floor patches, rocker panels, etc?
>Or do I have to go up to the pricier MIG welders.
>
>They also show gauge capabilities such as 26 gauge to 1/4 inch steel,
etc.
>What is the gauge of the sheetmetal on our cars (I have no clue as to
>relationships of gauge to sheetmetal thickness).
>
>Also, a big thank you to the folks who attended Spring Fling and provided
>writeups - sure wish I was there!
>
>Jack Lewis
>
>
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