Hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading part 1 about me buying the car and getting it stripped down to see what work needed done and overall I was very happy with its condition. On to part two now for some work to start…
12. THE WELDER…
So after much deliberation over a welder and seeking advice I managed to catch a Machine Mart VAT free day so could get a better welder for my money.
Eventually went for this one
Clarke MIG welder 160TM turbo which fitted my needs. Decided to rent a gas bottle from hobby weld as I could get it from my local motor factors. Managed to connect it and mount it to the rear of the welder.
I love Vegas it being one of my favourite holiday destinations so when I saw the welding helmet it was a no brainer. It’s auto dimming and adjustable so I can use it for grinding as well.
You’ll also notice the copper tools sitting on the welder. I ended up making these myself from old copper heating pipes I had lying about saving myself about 40 quid from buying them.
I’m sure I got tips online but I basically cut a length of pipe, taped up one end as a handle (TIP-make sure you use a lot of tape or some insulasting foam as it can get hot when using them welding!) then placed the other against my vice and hammered it flat. Then bent it into a shape I wanted and again I just copied official shapes of online tools.
I used frost.co.uk for a lot of stuff so after researching online about copper welding spoons made a couple as described above and here’s my finished article.
For those that don’t know here’s the description of what they are:-
“The welder’s helper is a copper spoon placed at the back side of a small rust hole or drilled out rivet hole to be welded.
This keeps the molten metal from dripping through and in place, long enough to cool and solidify.”
So I’d never welded before and in this day and age google et al is your friend so after hours spent on the tinternet researching and reading up i thought it was time to have a practice. I can highly recommend http://www.mig-welding.co.uk for advice and guidance the guides and advice given is second to none. I went to the local car panel repair shop and bought myself a couple of sheets of 1mm metal and started practising. Started off ok I thought but soon realised welding new steel panels is much easier than old steel on the car 😁😁😁
Not taken any pictures of my practise panels but spent months before I ventured onto the car as I knew I’d two full sills plus a number of patches to the floor panel.