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Old 04-10-2019, 08:44 PM
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Looks good Holt. Glad I know a skilled welder and metal fab guy!
Maybe not completely accurate, but Thanks! Holt
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Nice work Holt. I bet you could fix the titanic.
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Wow! Great fabbing on the puzzle pieces! Weld done LoL!
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Passenger side inner window frame.

Bare metal with weldable primer.

Jigsaw pieces now in place. All welds need to be ground down. Some may have to be tacked and redone.
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Looks like a problem that has stopped many in their tracks, didnt make much of a ripple in your timeline, way to keep marching ahead!
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Looks like a problem that has stopped many in their tracks, didnt make much of a ripple in your timeline, way to keep marching ahead!
That encapsulates it nicely.

If I got to that birdcage damage, I would probably just fall into a catatonic lockup. Didn't even seem to slow down this guy - just kept on plowing through. Amazing.

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Default The Birdcage is finished!!!

The 22 GA metal is .027 or 27/1000” so I am hoping that there will be minimal effect when the dash is installed since I layered the metal instead of making it flush.

Ground down the welds and two panels sprung loose. Welded the second time and ground again.

Ground Down

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Final Product. I also installed new J Fasteners and Screws

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Old 04-13-2019, 10:04 AM
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Typically, if you grind a weld flush and the weld fails, it lacked penetration. MiG welding 22ga is an art to get both proper penetration and a consistent bead. Lapping the steel sounds better, but keep in mind that you now have half the bead penetrating a single layer and half penetrating a double layer. This means trying to compromise your heat setting to avoid burnthrough on the single layer while achieving proper penetration on the double layer. Couple this with an unknown true thickness of the existing metal due to corrosion and you have a real challenge to weld.

While it it is harder to fab, butt welds are a better solution with thin wire (.023 or less) and “stitching” the weld bead to avoid or limit burnthrough.

All of that said, you have taken on a very difficult project and are kicking its butt more than it is kicking yours (I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way at times). Keep up the great work and thanks for the regular updates!
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While it it is harder to fab, butt welds are a better solution with thin wire (.023 or less) and “stitching” the weld bead to avoid or limit burnthrough.

Thanks for the suggestions. I am using.023 wire. Also I have been stiching the welds to reduce heat. The welds were pretty solid however in grinding the welds on the fabricated metal I went way too far and had to redo two edges. Current inverter technology make the machines very easy to set up and get wire speed and voltage on the money.

I was the representative for Victor Technologies. We Manufactured Torches, Plasma and Welding Equipment under brands such as Victor, Tweco and Esab, Behind Lincoln and Miller we were the third largest welding supplier in the world.

I am better at playing and selling than doing the actual work! Most of my end users were like Newport News shipyard, I would set up the equipment ask who felt like they would like to try the equipment and step aside. Our high end welding equipment was produced in Germany and Japan. It was great when they would buy 30 machines at $15K at a time. NNSY has over 12K hand torches alone. It was a great gig until we were sold. In a short period of time 40 OS reps became 3. Now ESAB is a shadow of what my company use to be. Sorry for the sidetrack.

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NNSY has over 12K hand torches alone. .
Mind-boggling!
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I was the representative for Victor Technologies. We Manufactured Torches, Plasma and Welding Equipment under brands such as Victor, Tweco and Esab, Behind Lincoln and Miller we were the third largest welding supplier in the world.

I am better at playing and selling than doing the actual work! Most of my end users were like Newport News shipyard, I would set up the equipment ask who felt like they would like to try the equipment and step aside. Our high end welding equipment was produced in Germany and Japan. It was great when they would buy 30 machines at $15K at a time. NNSY has over 12K hand torches alone. It was a great gig until we were sold. In a short period of time 40 OS reps became 3. Now ESAB is a shadow of what my company use to be. Sorry for the sidetrack.
Not to get the thread off-track, but the top nuclear welders in those yards (as well as the others) were amazingly skilled. While I was required to qualify only in the sense of performing oversight, I observed miles of welding by those pros over many years and, man, could they weld. Of course, lots of the welding is now laid down by machines, but the top nuclear welders could lay down beads so smooth and so even that if you didn't know better you would swear that they were machine made. The radiographs of those welds were absolutely perfect, too. My welding is a joke - good welding is harder than the inexperienced understand it is.
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Amen! I was first taught to weld by a civilian welder when I was in the navy stationed on a destroyer in Pearl Harbor. My ship was being overhauled and I had a few projects at the fab shop. For about three months I visited a couple times a week and had a chance to learn from the best. I pretty much sucked and could never do it for a living, but did get enough practice and instruction to know what to do and eventually got better. Later, some classes at a local community college in NJ when I was working on the Aegis project and I bought my first MiG welder. It was a cheap little Italian job that almost convinced me I would never learn to weld. Finally, someone told me that a welder will only be as good as the weldor and I bought a Millermatic. That is when I finally really learned to weld and feel I’m pretty good at it today.

Anyway, Holt, great work on a worthy project!
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Default Cleaning Firewall


First cleaning.

Body number shows up for the final time.
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Default Stripping Door Jams


It is just as slow as other area. I am not pulling the hinges.
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First cleaning.

Body number shows up for the final time.
OK, THAT'S why I could not find mine - I was looking INSIDE the footwell after I removed the carpet. Too late now, I think I shot some semi-flat there already but will take a look.
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Mercy, with respect to the birdcage I've been in a similar situation and it ain't no fun. You're doing some good work.
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It’s fun uncovering those numbers. You are making great progress.
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Wow looking good! Great work!
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Default Door Jam Stripping


Jams were the easiest to strip. One coat of stripper, then a scotch pad, lacquer thinner and paper towels. Repeat as needed.

I will strip the primer when I am doing body work.
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Default Big Cars and Coffee Weekend and the first real Car Show of the year.

Vette is a long ways off so I am pulling out a real Jeep Gladiator Pickup. 1968 J2500 Thriftside. It runs about 45 MPH with 4:12 gears. It as basic a truck as one could buy in 67/68. No power options.

Interior was dressed up to give the truck a little pop.

All steel even the front fender flares.

Iconic Rhino Grille. Many kids had Tonka Toys based on this truck and Grille.
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