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Old 03-04-2019, 12:37 PM
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I apparently cant put this in the fabrication section so im putting it here. I cut halfway in between the natural hood line and set it up by welding rods after cutting through all the glue. Then i welded the sides on. My welds are ugly but functional just like me.

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Old 03-04-2019, 01:32 PM
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love it. I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:34 PM
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I've thought about this too but I have less than zero fabricating skills.

Now that I've seen it I do like the way it looks!!
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:03 PM
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This is only my second welding job with the 99 dollar flux welder. You have no excuse on why you cant do it if you want. Just pull your ***** up, punch a midget, and do it.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:41 PM
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This is only my second welding job with the 99 dollar flux welder. You have no excuse on why you cant do it if you want. Just pull your ***** up, punch a midget, and do it.
flux? do yourself a favor, spend the $100 on a tank of shield gas and lose the flux core.
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Like i said, this is only my 2nd job. I wasnt gonna jump in with both feet. I wanted to learn to get decent beads first which I still cant do but to be honest that is very very thin sheetmetal. I drove all day today and the top of the hood was like i never even drove it whereas it used to be where i couldnt touch it.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:18 PM
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Like i said, this is only my 2nd job. I wasnt gonna jump in with both feet. I wanted to learn to get decent beads first which I still cant do but to be honest that is very very thin sheetmetal. I drove all day today and the top of the hood was like i never even drove it whereas it used to be where i couldnt touch it.
thats the thing though .. flux core is a lot harder to make nice beads. using a shield gas will make your welds better, smoother, and easier. Even if you have a little 110v hobart, if it takes flux core, it'll handle shield gas. Trust me, it's a piece of cake, and makes things a heckofalot easier. fluxcore is really only used if you're welding outside in high winds. Don't fool yourself (I did the same thing) and think that flux is easier because it doesn't require a tank.

Shield gas is sold by any welding supply store-- 60cf will last you a while... crap, they may even sell30cf. Usually it's $100 for the tank, $30 for the gas, some places even lease.

Anyway, if you want to really learn the right way, start with shield gas, when you practice enough and know what you're doing, then try flux core.
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Okay, will do. Thanks for the advice because the next thing im doing is a rear tire carrier. Will i need a new gun or will i have to get a new machine too?
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Nice project... Great to see you're teaching yourself to weld...Generally, the flux core wire isn't used for any sheetmetal/bodywork type application..The flux will leave a residue that's not compatible with most fillers and paints..Make sure you clean the metal thoroughly{ wax/grease remover or even lacquer thinner} before you add the filler to your hood..
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Okay, will do. Thanks for the advice because the next thing im doing is a rear tire carrier. Will i need a new gun or will i have to get a new machine too?
I highly doubt you need a new machine., I started out on a hobart 140, I think I spend like $200 on it, and it included a manifold for the gas.
put it this way -- for mig, using shield gas is the norm. flux is typically the exception. IF you bought a decent box, I have little doubt it'll work with gas. Though I'm not by any stretch a welding expert. .. what kind of machine is it?
You're definitely attacking this the right way though-- best way to get better is practice practice practice. and I really dig that hood!!!
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Old 03-06-2019, 12:22 PM
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Harbor freight 90 amp.
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:57 AM
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huh. assuming you have this :
https://www.harborfreight.com/flux-1...tml#tt-reviews

then .. looks like it's just a flux core welder. I guess they save money by not putting provisions for gas --- look in the back, see if there's a gas connector, but given the (vague) description, I doubt it. the gas would hook up in the back, not at the gun.

Funny that they call gas a "hassle". Unless you're welding in windy conditions or on a trail, gas makes welds soooo much easier.



Anyway, using flux core won't really change much in terms of technique, it'll just make getting consistent, tight, pretty welds more difficult.

Don't want to hijack your thread. Great project, I've seen people do similar kinds of hoods, I'm seriously considering the same to clear my air cleaner.

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Its gonna give me room to put my air cleaner higher and a turbo with an intercooler in there.
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Nice hood, I like the idea, and will probably copy it in the future.

I agree with all the welding advice here. Just want to add the thing that improved my welding the most, after practicing, was the knowledge I found at Weldingtipsandtricks.com, one of the best sources of all things welding.
I recommend getting lost in the website before spending money on more welding equipment. better to know what you want when you go to upgrade welding equipment.
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