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PostPosted: March 12, 2018, 6:09 pm 
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So the part is doable. The big problem, as it turns out, is that it has a curve in the middle


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PostPosted: April 18, 2018, 11:41 am 
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Some SLOW progress learning to TIG aluminum.


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PostPosted: April 18, 2018, 12:00 pm 
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What Tungsten are you using? After watching Welding Tips and Tricks I thought using 2% Lanthinated was the one to use, but a good friend of mine is a welding gas/parts supplier and his guys recommended zirconiated, and I have to say it's much easier to weld using it. It holds an arc with less amperage and makes everything easier (at least for me). But, from the limited reading, zirc doesn't stand up to higher amps, but as your welding thin material (.065"?) it should work just fine.

Other than that, you're certainly making progress and it looks very good.


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PostPosted: April 21, 2018, 6:47 pm 
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I'm using a 1/16 Ø 1100 rod and a 1/16 Ø 2% thoriated electrode most of the material is .050 thk, a selection I regret. I have had trouble getting my Die nasty set up so now I'm calling in a pro at least until I get the hang of it.


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PostPosted: April 21, 2018, 7:39 pm 
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A few years back I was picking up some gas for the MIG and they had on their counter some TIG examples that really impressed me. Someone had cut up some beer cans and TIG welded them back together. Really nice beads also.

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PostPosted: September 10, 2018, 10:53 am 
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So you thought I was dead. No just trying to learn to weld aluminum. Kent white and most of the alloy body guys say that gas welding is best as you can work the panel after welding. So I bought the whole set-up and spent HOURS trying to learn. Gas welding has been a real bust. I did go up to Grn Bay and got a lesson from Dave Byron. But it still didn’t take and I was running out of summer so Dave agreed that I should TIG tack all my panels and then he would gas weld them together. This isn’t convenient, he being in Grn Bay, but it will work. Now I’m out of summer and trying to get my four quarters tacked together. I wish I had thought of this solution last spring.

The next problem is that I have to get the buck out of my shop before snow flies so I can work on the chassis over winter. And I leave for school in Bologna in two weeks.


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PostPosted: September 10, 2018, 12:58 pm 
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Bologna?

What kind of school is it?

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: September 25, 2018, 3:34 pm 
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This may seem strange, It's a language school. Voglio parlare in la lingua di disegnio.


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PostPosted: September 26, 2018, 9:41 am 
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I don't speak Italian. I'm still working on English. :lol:

Using Google Translate I got "I want to talk to the design language" using its suggestions. Are you going on a tour of Italian coach builders?

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

Build Log: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5886


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PostPosted: September 29, 2018, 1:58 pm 
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Yes, any that I can and some car museums and a big blow out in Padua.


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