Tag Archives: Welding

  • Project Pile House- Custom Hidden Hood Hinge Project

    The next part of the project was making the hood open on custom hinges. I was hoping I could find a pre-made hinge kit that allowed me to open the hood from the front like most cars currently have. Unfortunately all I found were kits for wild customs and street rods that opened from the back and tilted forward or to the side. As much as I like custom touches, making my vehicle look like a transformer is not one of the things I want to do this time around. I decided to take a crack at making my own hinges that disappeared behind the dash and share the process.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • What is a Lap Joint and How Do You Perform One?

    A common joint found in auto repair work, the lap joint is a piece where two pieces of metal overlap each other. An ideal lap weld should have a good amount of weld bead penetration without the upper edge melting back or overlaying. If the upper layer melts too much, the lap joint will be too weak and thin. Making lap welds takes a good amount of practice to get it right, so experiment with your welding angle, arc length and rate of stitching welder travel to find the best combination for you.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How Can I Control Warping While MIG Welding?

    Sometimes, if you are welding two pieces of metal together, you might experience a warping of the metal surfaces. Warping can occur either if your material preparation is not performed correctly or if you make certain errors while welding. The three main ways you can warp metal materials when welding are: a lack of tack welds, the materials are not clamped together while welding, and if you have a poor welding technique. Below are various ways you can remedy these issues.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Project Pile House Shaving and customizing the original dash and glovebox.

    While I had the column out I decided to start cleaning up the dash and sort out my brake pedal dilemma on the truck. In order to get under the dash for fabricating the new brake pedal setup and to shave and smooth the dash I needed to pull it out. ....  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • What is a Butt Joint and How Do You Perform One?

    A butt joint is a piece where two pieces of metal are joined by their edges with a weld bead using a stitch welder. The exposed edges of each metal piece heat up quickly, so careful use of the electrode is necessary when welding. An ideal butt weld should have full penetration at the joint with a small weld bead on the bottom surface and a larger bead on the top surface. Butt welds on pieces of metal that are less than 1/8 inch are difficult to control as thin sheet metal can tend to “crawl” apart when it is heated from a weld. A good way to avoid this is to perform tack welds on the butt joint along the entire length of the piece.

    When you are welding a bead onto your butt joint with your stitch welding electrode, using a weaving or circular motion can make wider beads, which spread the heat evenly and prevent burn through. Using a stitch welder to make butt welds takes some time and practice to get it just right, so experiment with your electrode angle, arc length and rate of travel to find a combination that works best for you. Practice making weld beads with your stitch welder electrode on pieces of scrap metal to make butt joints before using it for any major automotive project.

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