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Old 02-28-2019, 07:56 AM
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:12 AM
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Old 02-28-2019, 09:28 AM
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In, got the hitch finished up on Merica' and license plate relocated semi permanently. Plan on getting some spring hinge's so I can turn up the plate if I need to get to the trunk key cylinder. Forgot to take a pic before putting the plastic absorber back on so sorry for the crap pics of the reinforcement bolts and welds. After parking this morning and bumping the wall as the car fell into the dips I have wore in my parking spot, I have decided I need to cut the hitch a bit shorter and redrill a hole for the inner piece so it sits in further. That will reduce the shin killer factor and also help reduce the leverage the weight of the trailer has on the assembly.











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Old 02-28-2019, 09:39 AM
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Thinking of cutting and drilling there, that would put the ball in a better location I think. Opinions?
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What mig welder is that, current rating and wire size? I remember these types of welds when I had a low power 120V Crapsman welder (first welder, thanks Mom!). Based on assumptions, I would suggest dropping your wire size to better match the welders amperage capability (then build it up metal with more passes as you get more heat into the workpiece). They look like tough to access areas too so that isn't helping.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by steelmesh View Post
What mig welder is that, current rating and wire size? I remember these types of welds when I had a low power 120V Crapsman welder (first welder, thanks Mom!). Based on assumptions, I would suggest dropping your wire size to better match the welders amperage capability (then build it up metal with more passes as you get more heat into the workpiece). They look like tough to access areas too so that isn't helping.
I did not clean the metal very well and im not sure on the wire gauge or amp rating. You are right on the tough to acess areas, I was working at pretty large distances in some spots so im sure there wasn't much gas protection. As for the welder it just has 4 thickness rating switch and wire feel knob, no readouts on amp or anything. Its the shops 240v welder. My biggest issue was the difference in thickness. I had to reduce the thickness knob to 1( reduce amps) to not burn through the body sheet metal. That then made it difficult to penetrate not only the thick bolts and hitch but also burn through the paint and trash that were still left near the weld. I have done alot better welds with this welder when I cared to clean and mate up the metal better but I give no ***** on this car. The welds look garbage but they stuck and hold good. Perfect for Merica'
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:19 AM
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Decided to look at the welder, its a miller auto arc 140 mig. amp rating is a range of 30-150.
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Like you said I would do what you can to shift that ball closer to the car for less of a lever arm to put less stress on your welds and rear suspension.
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Like you said I would do what you can to shift that ball closer to the car for less of a lever arm to put less stress on your welds and rear suspension.
Yea im gonna see what I can do later. Hopefully I got some good enough drill bits to make new holes
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Old 02-28-2019, 01:16 PM
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I did not clean the metal very well and im not sure on the wire gauge or amp rating. You are right on the tough to acess areas, I was working at pretty large distances in some spots so im sure there wasn't much gas protection. As for the welder it just has 4 thickness rating switch and wire feel knob, no readouts on amp or anything. Its the shops 240v welder. My biggest issue was the difference in thickness. I had to reduce the thickness knob to 1( reduce amps) to not burn through the body sheet metal. That then made it difficult to penetrate not only the thick bolts and hitch but also burn through the paint and trash that were still left near the weld. I have done alot better welds with this welder when I cared to clean and mate up the metal better but I give no ***** on this car. The welds look garbage but they stuck and hold good. Perfect for Merica'
Haha I get it =) With mig in general roughly, wire diameter correlates to part thickness. Check out this real quick you can see: https://www.bakersgas.com/recommende...ire-chart.html

I'm guess the shop welder is 0.035" good general purpose but struggles on the thinner material
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Decided to look at the welder, its a miller auto arc 140 mig. amp rating is a range of 30-150.
Like you said, you had some thin stuff so the next question is that wire size. That is definitely capable on 220 with 150 amps.
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Old 02-28-2019, 01:55 PM
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Haha I get it =) With mig in general roughly, wire diameter correlates to part thickness. Check out this real quick you can see: https://www.bakersgas.com/recommende...ire-chart.html

I'm guess the shop welder is 0.035" good general purpose but struggles on the thinner material
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Like you said, you had some thin stuff so the next question is that wire size. That is definitely capable on 220 with 150 amps.
Looked at the spool and its got .023" wire. I will say one thing, its perfect for exhaust work. That's what I've mainly used if for at work on other guys vehicles. Makes nice clean welds without burn through. Really I was working against myself on the hitch setup. The sheet metal was too thin while the hitch was too thick for the setup we got. Made it work so that's all that matters. We have another welder in the body shop that is made for welding thin body panels. Its a nice dual machine setup with aluminum on one side, and steel/siliconbronze on the other
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Like you said, you had some thin stuff so the next question is that wire size. That is definitely capable on 220 with 150 amps.
I like your profile pic, just noticed it.
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I just noticed it as well. What was that going in? solstice/sky or something else
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I like your profile pic, just noticed it.
Indeed an LSJ M62. More pictures and details here: Twincharged Solstice = Turbocharger + Supercharger


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I just noticed it as well. What was that going in? solstice/sky or something else
Yes I am building a Twincharged Solstice (kappa), here is the link again for more details: Twincharged Solstice = Turbocharger + Supercharger

You'll see the amount of work I put into it last summer to prep for this, I went turbo only to shake down the engine and chassis mods. I hit the dyno and track to get some data points before the Twincharger too!
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Yes I am building a Twincharged Solstice (kappa), here is the link again for more details: Twincharged Solstice = Turbocharger + Supercharger

You'll see the amount of work I put into it last summer to prep for this, I went turbo only to shake down the engine and chassis mods. I hit the dyno and track to get some data points before the Twincharger too!
Im telling on you for stealing thermocouples from work.

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