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    jk build in progress

    Big build in the works...what do you all think is coming from these pics? stay tuned....

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    Axles and coil overs I hope??

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    Quote Originally Posted by REBEL OFF ROAD View Post
    I was always taught that welding uphill was much better in most circumstances than welding downhill. I was even discouraged from the practice by a Lincoln Electric master instructor. I'd be curious as to why the operator here chose to weld, what looks to me as, downhill rather than up.

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    Progress! What do you think is getting put on the front?



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    Getting the front axle mounted up!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBug View Post
    I was always taught that welding uphill was much better in most circumstances than welding downhill. I was even discouraged from the practice by a Lincoln Electric master instructor. I'd be curious as to why the operator here chose to weld, what looks to me as, downhill rather than up.
    Welding instructors have a tough job. They have to standardize a non-standard process. Your instructor is not wrong, though the rule of thumb he expressed to you is typical for use in structural steel in thicknesses greater than a 1/4" or so. Any thinner than that and the best method is which ever one that's going to put the heat where the weldor wants it.

    Yes, welding uphill will give deeper penetration....but that's not usually an issue under 3/16"...also, process, position, material and gas will all have an effect. Additionally, it depends if you are "pushing" or "pulling" the pool.

    This is why being a welder is more that just being able to pull a MIG trigger, you have to know what weld variables will work best for your given application.


    Think about this:

    You're MIG welding uphill, the 75/25 gas is covering the weldpool, but what is shielding the beads you've already dropped as their cooling behind you? Oxygen will still affect the metal at temperatures below red hot and if you're pushing the gas uphill....well then oxygen will have it's chance to affect the chemical structure of the material before it cools.
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    She's coming together!




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    Quote Originally Posted by REBEL OFF ROAD View Post
    Welding instructors have a tough job. They have to standardize a non-standard process. Your instructor is not wrong, though the rule of thumb he expressed to you is typical for use in structural steel in thicknesses greater than a 1/4" or so. Any thinner than that and the best method is which ever one that's going to put the heat where the weldor wants it.

    Yes, welding uphill will give deeper penetration....but that's not usually an issue under 3/16"...also, process, position, material and gas will all have an effect. Additionally, it depends if you are "pushing" or "pulling" the pool.

    This is why being a welder is more that just being able to pull a MIG trigger, you have to know what weld variables will work best for your given application.


    This about this:

    You're MIG welding uphill, the 75/25 gas is covering the weldpool, but what is shielding the beads you've already dropped as their cooling behind you? Oxygen will still affect the metal at temperatures below red hot and if you're pushing the gas uphill....well then oxygen will have it's chance to affect the chemical structure of the material before it cools.
    I appreciate the reply. I might have to set up some thinner coupons and practice doing some downhill. I'm getting ready to cut off my rear frame side track bar bracket and weld in a new one a little further back.

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    She's almost there! What do you think? How about that droop?








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    We got her flexed out yesterday!






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