[elky] Playing with the new welder.
- From: John Christensen <johncgg@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: El Camino List <elky@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Tom Straiker <tmstraiker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Jim Christensen <jeweler63@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:17:54 -0500
I got some heavier flux core wire for the new welder to tackle the frame rot on the Elky. For Jim C..... I am changing the body mount bushings. See this page <http://www.myelcamino.net/elcamino_new.htm#body_mounts>. I tried out the welder last night, after getting some .035 flux core wire. This doesn't use the gas, but works on a lot heavier metal. My first attempt was pretty lame. Then I figured out that the polarity has to be reversed to use the flux core wire. In this picture was the first try, and then with the polarity issue corrected. That time was not so bad, with a lot less splatter. I am hoping that 30 years of welding gold, silver, and platinum will pay off when I finally get down to working on steel. If you enlarge the picture <http://www.myelcamino.net/ec/welding_first.jpg>, you will see that there is quite a bit of plating that has to be ground off these washers to make the weld stick. I also got the bushings I need to finish the job, So I have to clean off the plating on the washers, grind the frame at point of contact, and get the washer welded in on the driver's side, bolt them down loosely, then I can move on to the passenger side. The frame is not near as bad over there, but I will be reinforcing it just the same. I also have a spot on the back left near where the control arm bolts up that needs to be cut and patched. That will be next. I might even try a little exhaust patching once I get the gas bottle for the MIG. Progress will be made soon! JC --- John Christensen 1984 El Camino "Elkenstein" 350 TBI NECOA #042 http://www.myelcamino.net Saint Charles, IL --- John Christensen 1984 El Camino "Elkenstein" 350 TBI NECOA #042 http://www.myelcamino.net Saint Charles, IL