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Old 03-04-2019, 12:24 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Killer work...and thanks for putting it all in one place! Lots of material here to get me inspired!
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Amazing. Interested to see how that turnkey U4 concept turns out. I like the looks of the Chassis.

If the day ever comes I have disposable money instead of bills to pay, I want that Comanche's duplicate... With maybe one or two slight changes.

Great stuff! Love your threads.
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Wow nice shop
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Amazing. Interested to see how that turnkey U4 concept turns out. I like the looks of the Chassis.

If the day ever comes I have disposable money instead of bills to pay, I want that Comanche's duplicate... With maybe one or two slight changes.

Great stuff! Love your threads.
Well I already know how the next manche would be. It would start with a 2door Cherokee from the seats forward. I had never owned any unibody jeep, and had no clue in the difference in the door size. 🤯

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What are your thoughts on the Fireball tool squares are they worth the money? Been thinking about picking a few.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:58 PM   #34 (permalink)
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What are your thoughts on the Fireball tool squares are they worth the money? Been thinking about picking a few.
They should be the first squares, that anyone who enjoys fabricating, should buy!

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Old 03-10-2019, 06:25 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Been going along on aluminum for Sam's buggy.

Getting the Everlast 250ex, tuned in to weld up the fuel cell.

Constantly learning and making steps towards being an all around proficient metal melter.

I was having some contamination and peppering issues... but got those worked out.

You can see the trash in the starts...







So I tried just a fusion weld to eliminate the factor of the material, as you can see, good clean fusion... which tells me the material is clean and left me with contaminated filler.





Still peppering in the starts after doing additional cleaning of filler...





So, I did some more cleaning of filler, and switched up from ceriated and a regular collet and #5 ceramics , to a #5 gas saver and 2% lanthanated. All the while maintaining 128 amps, 30% en, 75 hz and 15 cfh.

I think it's ironed out now and ready to lay some dimes on the 1/8 aluminum, open corner joints of the fuel cell.







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Edges prepped, mocked up, ready to lay out weld in bungs, filler neck, fuel sump, vent/roll over, and mounting pucks. Ended up being just over 12 gallons capacity.






Btw; I had my material sheared and bent locally, my machines won't handle 1/8 aluminum. But I mis-labled the bend angle....
So I said wth, loaded the material in the baliegh magnetic brake..25" long mind you, and it worked effortlessly. Also used it as a work holder and skill saw guide to re-trim the piece!

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awesome work on dialing in the tig welds....any reason you couldnt just fusion weld it? Not enough meat in the corner joint ?
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awesome work on dialing in the tig welds....any reason you couldnt just fusion weld it? Not enough meat in the corner joint ?
Well as good as that looks, and good penetration on the inside, especially for 120 material....I don't want to have an RCI type fuel cell failure on a high end rig such as this. So I'm gonna throw 1-2 lbs of filler at this bad boy!

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awesome work on dialing in the tig welds....any reason you couldnt just fusion weld it? Not enough meat in the corner joint ?
The added silicone in your filler rod is not prone to cracking, whereas the natural aluminum IS extremely prone to cracking when it melts and freezes back up, so it's important to add a lot of filler when welding aluminum. No filler = cracks. That's how I understand it anyway...
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:54 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Damn that is a nice shop. Love that you're willing to show what you're learning and not just posting completed pics.

What software is that in your earlier post? Bendtech? If so how do you like it compared to Solid Works/Fusion 360?
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What software is that in your earlier post? Bendtech? If so how do you like it compared to Solid Works/Fusion 360?
Thanks!

Yes, pro version with sheet metal packet. I like it for 3d tube drafting. As I'm just learning, and self teaching myself 3d cad... and 2d for that matter, I'm not a fan of the sheet packet yet. Or any 3d system I've ran trials with. I'm using viacad 2d for the plasma, and I really like its platform. It's intuitive for my brain process.

So far I've ran trials in 3d in fusion, viacad 3d, designspark mechanical, autocad. Haven't devoted much time to it as of yet... it's quite time consuming, and I have too much to do right now to sit it the desk.

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Putting down some drops of alloy love on the Winget buggy fuel cell. Bottom sump, rearward facing, baffled, return and rollover valve top center. Neck goes on tomorrow.

Just a tick over 12 gallons.




















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I've been doing some experiments in aluminum welding recently too. The outcome, your poor welds look better than my good welds. Ha-ha

I recently did some aluminum "stick welding". Have you tried that yet?

In any case, I have determined I can weld 1/8" with reasonable success for structure, not so much for cosmetic. But I currently need to weld a fair amount of .065" and I have decided to hire out. If you were closer, I'd be knocking on your door. I found a aviation welder that is great, but he is particularly busy right now. So I'm working around it right now.

Anyways, love watching your work. Thankyou for sharing.
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I've been doing some experiments in aluminum welding recently too. The outcome, your poor welds look better than my good welds. Ha-ha

I recently did some aluminum "stick welding". Have you tried that yet?

In any case, I have determined I can weld 1/8" with reasonable success for structure, not so much for cosmetic. But I currently need to weld a fair amount of .065" and I have decided to hire out. If you were closer, I'd be knocking on your door. I found a aviation welder that is great, but he is particularly busy right now. So I'm working around it right now.

Anyways, love watching your work. Thankyou for sharing.
I have not stick welded anything in 20+years. I have seen that done by a real welder... and it looked better than most spool gun beads!

65 is tougher for sure. Gets soaked fast. Gotta throw the heat fast then start trucking.

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Fuel cell is complete for the #wingnutbuggy, aside from mounting. Kept the filler low and off to the side to save room for a basket/ rack of some sort, (that I'm still designing in my brain). 25x12 area above the cell.



















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Killer work. Thank you for sharing the tech on the tig; I hope to get to being proficient with it like you some day.
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Killer work. Thank you for sharing the tech on the tig; I hope to get to being proficient with it like you some day.
Thanks, but I don't consider myself proficient yet. Honestly, until I got on Instagram, I thought I was good at a lot of things...

I still call and message people whose quality I try to achieve, for advice. The welding and fabricating community on Instagram is tremendous. And always open to share or help. That was the great thing about going to Fabtech last fall, being and talking shop with like minded folks.

Best advice I can give to get better at tig... put your hood down and screw up a bunch. Call me if I can help.

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The one thing I always hated about working with/welding on aluminum was the simple fact of not being able to tell if it was hot. Get stainless hot, you can tell, get mild steel hot, you can tell. Get alum hot, and I'll slap my hand on it every time.

Your welds are looking fantactic.

Are you buying acetone by the 55gal drum yet
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The one thing I always hated about working with/welding on aluminum was the simple fact of not being able to tell if it was hot. Get stainless hot, you can tell, get mild steel hot, you can tell. Get alum hot, and I'll slap my hand on it every time.

Your welds are looking fantactic.

Are you buying acetone by the 55gal drum yet
That can be an issue, lol. But frankly, at 1/8th, it welds so much better when it's good and hot; 063, not so much.


Not by the drum yet, but I did finally just get a couple vented, labeled, chemist squirt bottles...I don't use nearly as much as I did by just splashing it on a rag from a gallon can.

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