Floor pans and hobby welder mustang forums at stangnet. No weld is fast and furious and ready to crack like a 220. Clean both materials with a wire wheel really well. Again, like oboe said, an autodarkening helmet is a very nice thing to have. Like ive said bevfore, ive used both flux core and gas. Heres a quick video on how to plug weld sheet metal using mig without blowing yourself a bigger hole than you started with. This machine is one of the most basic welders available on the market tod. As long as it uses argon not flux core it should work. Join the ccrc community to access a huge library of instructional classic car restoration videos. It is the welding sparks and spatter that could set the interior on fire that i worry about. Floor replacement questions for b bodies only classic. Hello, you can use a flux core wire to weld without a shielding gas supply.
My names matt urch and i own and run urchfab welding and fabrication. After practicing on some scrap sheet metal with my lincoln flux core welder, i finally mustered up the courage to start welding the quarter panel. Something to do with the flux leaching out of the weld and effecting the paint. Both have the capability to weld materials as thin as 26gauge. Would my 90a flux welder be powerful enough to fix the frame. Any tips for welding it up without warping the metal. After welding a stitch, back the weld up with a dolly on the back and hammer the weld seam flat. You dont need much of a welder as the material isnt very thick. Imo the best 120v flux core only machine miller dynasty 200dx with cooler of my. I am on a budget and gathered up the courage to weld the floor pans myself. Ill be welding some floor pans in the next few days.
When you weld, stitch weld the replacement a few inches at a time and alternate sides after each stitch is finished to keep the heat from warping the metal. Wondering what size mig wire and voltage to use when welding butt welds on floor pans. Did you know you didnt need a welder to perform legit panel replacement. Selfshielded flux cored arc welding fcaw has been a viable welding process for structural steel erection. Its very easy to thin out the sheet metal and weaken the patch, especially on a corner. I am getting ready to do alot of welding on thin gauge sheetmetal. Im thinking of doing some bodywork, mainly rust repair and i have a flux core mig that id like to use. Trim the patch pans so there is about 34or so of overlap. It makes welding sooo easy and the welds are nice and clean too. Butt welding automotive patch panels start to finish duration.
Flux core welding or tubular electrode welding has evolved from the mig welding process to improve arc action, metal transfer, weld metal properties, and weld appearance. Floorpan lap and butt welds classic car restoration club. Selfshielded flux cored welding differs from mig welding in that it doesnt require an external shielding gas, such as carbon dioxide or argon, to protect the weld pool from contamination. Ive never had any experience with welding, but with little direction, i can learn how to. Ive got rotted out floor pans on my 1966 mustang and ive decided on taking on the task of restoring my own car. We show how to install a reporduction floor pan patch using the national parts depot floor pans for the 1972 f100. How to plug weld holes in auto body panels youtube. Reed, the floor pans in the hpak duster were put in using. Once the welds are ground flush, the repair will be completely seamless. Ideally, there should be a 2 gap between the patch and the body panel.
Load the wire into the machine by following the proper instructions that came with your machine. Hello and welcome to the slo makerspace guide to flux cored arc welding. Any kind of great strong weld that will patch the rust holes is the ultimate goal, if there are welds that may not look clean all the better its a jeep. Try to match the thickness to the surrounding sheet metal. However, for a beginner i would use a lap weld, joggle the patch under the old skin. A proper welded seam is as strong as before the patch was added and with a little time, effort and some practice a welded repair can made invisible from both sides. Water trapped between layers of metal andor tar causes more rust faster. When i started there were not a lot of hd youtube videos on mig welding on cars so i thought i would make one. After welding in the patch panels i finally moved on to the bottom of the car.
Now you can determine the condition of the cross member and the inner rocker. Hi, i am new here and new to mig welding so bear with me. Even an otherwise rustfree car will often have some swiss cheesing of the floors40 years of wet shoes and the occasional busted heater core take a toll. Doing an entire floorpan with flux core is possilbe, but i wouldnt want to do it. Be careful to only grind the welds and to keep your grinder away from the patch or the original metal. Both the mig and flux core techniques are relatively easy to learn and give clean welds on steel, aluminum and stainless. There is a huge difference in how easy it is to weld and how nice the welds look. To obtain the best results while mig welding sheet metal, proper fitment and cleanliness of the metal are essential. I have used gasless flux core to do 20 gauge floors up to 24 gauge quarter panels. This video show the process to repair a 2 inch hole inside a truck box. Simply put, you can weld with shielding gas or without shielding gas. Flux core is messy, just like stick, with alot of splatter so not so great on sheetmetal projects. If youre looking for an all around amazing welder look no further than our eastwood mig 175. With the flux core you just need to make sure the welding surface is pretty clean, a good once over with a wire cup on a grinder is a good way to do that.
The flux core is actually better for the beginer welder anyways. This unit has the ability to run flux core and solid core welding wires for welding steel and stainless steel and even comes with an included spool gun for aluminum welding. Flux core wire will work, but a solid wire with separate shielding gas is the best option for sheet metal welding. It will not be used for anything thick so i have no need for a bigger welder. This time i flux core weld the panels with the butt welding method to try. Water on metal coated with cheap andor improperly adhered paint will eventually rust. The tire makes contact with it occasionally and it sucks. Tips on spot welding thin gauge sheet metal flux core welder. I have a 77 datsun 280z that needs some frame repair. Flux core is great outside when the wind is blowing and on projects that dont have to look pretty. It is an arc welding process in which the heat for welding is provided by an arc between a continuously fed tubular electrode wire and the workpiece. The key i have found with body restoration is welding and cooling the panels. Mig welding wire size classic car restoration club. However, for plain ol steel fluxcore burns hotter, penetrates deeper, welds faster and cost a whole lot less than mig.
This includes a flux cored welder, welding gloves, a welding mask, safety goggles, slag chipping hammer and a spool of flux core wire. I have read somewhere that using flux core wire on body panels can cause paint issues. Floor pan install tips and tricks episode 344 autorestomod. The most important thing when you replace metal in the floor pan is to remember your rust basics.
And maybe the epoxy would result in a more rustproof seam. I have a maxus style ch 110 fluxcore and use it to weld in patch panels, even unflanged patch panels, just fine. After doing some practice projects id like to start working on my frame project. This time i flux core weld the panels with the butt welding method to try out an alternative to what i did on the passenger side, which was the flange technique.
Discussion in the hokey ass message board started by skeetum, aug 22, 2010. How to weld steel with a flux cored welder with pictures. This instructable is intended to teach you how to use the lincoln weld pak hd flux cored arc welder. How to full floor pan install 1967 1968 mustang tips tricks episode 195. The two types of welding that can be done with a mig welder are mig and flux core. Browse suggested weld parameter settings formig flux core welding. Butt welds if you dont have many hours with a mig will create more burn thur holes and more grinding. Yes, it is more time grinding and prepping the sheet metal to fit snug but. How to repair rusted metal without welding hagerty media.
Welding in patch panels with a flux core welder without a gas envelope is an exercise in burnthrough and swearingso glue it was. Flux core machines have their place along side the others, kinda of step between stick and gaswire. Discussion in the bs topic started by prosuperstar5, jun 16, 2010. Id rather not rentbuy a gas setup for the mig just to do a few repairs. Is there any kind of heat absorbing pastes that i could put on the metal. I will seek out a mentor that sounds like a great idea, and i. Im installing floor pans in my 86 cutlass and i have to add some metal to the pan. Cant remember what the thread was but it was a late 70s, i want to say. Trim the rusty sections out to good material and square. Honda civic facelift proof you can flux core weld car body. Flux cored welding offers many advantages when welding on construction applications, including high disposition rates, and good chemical and mechanical properties. I have no fear of cutting and fitting a smooth patch in there.
What about having a damp cloth that you tack and cool. Today we are welding patch panels into the trunk of my 1957 chevy belair. I recently purchased a small 90 amp flux core welder from harbor freight so i could weld in some floor pans in my mustang and so i could work with other thin steel to later build a go kart. Repairs with patch panels or custom fabricated panels utilizing our panel adhesive can be done with structural integrity far superior to rivets themselves. Making a patch panel take some time to make your patch a perfect fit. Using a few sheet metal screws to the hold the panel in position while you weld it up is handy. Selfshielded flux cored welding is a wire welding process in which a continuous hollow wire electrode is fed through the welding gun into the weld joint. Use the good argonco2 mix, no flux core, and i like smaller wire for most work as there is less spatter and you can work the puddle a bit more at slower speeds with a.932 324 393 1018 458 1055 657 1515 650 324 1489 873 1353 241 182 688 943 78 1283 771 75 1178 349 1050 1533 363 413 1414 1272 95 554 184 1013 1432 344