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Whoops! I did that once when I ran out of MIG and swapped in some flux core wire, I caught it pretty quick fortunately.

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July 16th, 2015, 8:11 am
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That sounds like a lot of clean up. Sorry buddy

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July 16th, 2015, 11:46 am
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That sounds like a lot of clean up. Sorry buddy

actually I did a reasonable job getting things welded so there are only two spots were I will grind out and reweld. It was not easy at all getting a good bead though, I tell you that.

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July 16th, 2015, 11:54 am
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So I have been beating my head against crappy looking welds for weeks. seemed like the weld just didn't want to stick and lots of spatter. Tried cleaning, tried changing angle, tried different materials, different wire, anti-spatter spray.....

wait for it....

:oops: had my leads swapped so I was welding with the - on the material and the + on the tip :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: didn't change it back from when I was playing with the aluminum.

my welds again look nice, now for some :mad: :banghead: rework and get out the grinder...

on a better note, anti spatter spray works nicely


If you told that story in the 4 Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, you'd be nominated for the Bone Award...........

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July 16th, 2015, 2:27 pm
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If you told that story in the 4 Wheel Drive Club of Fresno, you'd be nominated for the Bone Award...........

I feel like I should.... as soon as I opened the cover of the welder I felt about an inch tall

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July 16th, 2015, 3:18 pm
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Bet after all that trying to get a good weld, your welds will look even better than they did before you started the project though.


July 16th, 2015, 4:37 pm
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Bet after all in and bolt holes setuphat trying to get a good weld, your welds will look even better than they did before you started the project though.

Yep. Just buzzing through them now.
Got the tail light backing panels in and bolt holes set up
welded in the side panels.
cut and tack welded in two top panels

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July 17th, 2015, 3:36 pm
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some progress last night
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July 22nd, 2015, 4:42 pm
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With the polarity set correctly, in the dark, on the truck, off angle.......
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without it set correctly (not bad for fighting with the metal flow the wrong way)
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made the hoop out of one piece of tube by notching the back side and bending it to form... lots of trig and geometry to get that right.
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looks good and I can't budge it as is... still planning on making a set of down braces that will go back from the first bend and then down at 45 deg. to meet with the drop in the back. not sure if it will all work out but that is the idea
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July 28th, 2015, 8:38 am
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Nice! looks sweet! i like the headache rack.


July 28th, 2015, 8:43 am
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Very nice Dave. Looks good

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problem now is that the bumper is starting to look like crap on a stick, lol. thats ok its low priority now and its Dusy crunch time

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July 28th, 2015, 9:53 am
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Coming along good, will the bumper hug the bed before it's over with?

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July 28th, 2015, 10:46 am
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Def Dusy crunch time! Clock is ticking. Looking good though!

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July 28th, 2015, 12:37 pm
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Def Dusy crunch time! Clock is ticking. Looking good though!

ticking very loudly in my head, still need to
finish flat bed skins
shifter for doubler
fuel filler front and rear
a skid plate for the t-case would be nice
a tool box mount or boxes for spares and tools
and a general fluid check and nut and bolt the truck

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