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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by firefighter184, May 11, 2006.

  1. firefighter184

    firefighter184 1/2 ton status

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    1) Is a 110 wire feed enough to weld new spring perches on my 14bolt? Specifically the DIY4x perches.

    2) Is a 110 wire feed enough to do a slider/rocker replacement? I'm getting 10 feet of 2x3 3/16 wall square tube for $20.00, so I'm gonna try and make some sliders.

    3) I'm picking up a 1-ton 14bolt Saturday, which I believe has a Gov-lock. Can I Lincoln lock this thing with a Gov-lock? I'm planning on going to 4.88's next spring, and a Detroit, but for now I just wanna wheel what I got.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    As to #1, look in the vendor section, he is coming out with something new....
     
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    I couldn't find it. Where in the Vendor section?
     
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    I will answer this for a Lincoln 135 w/ .035 flux core wire.

    #1 - it is good to 1/4". So if your application is within this parameter you are good to go.

    #2 - See #1

    #3 - I don't know.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I do a lot with a little mig but no way I'd do the spring perches with it. The sliders, With some carefull beveling and take your time ( duty cycle ) maybe. If a slider falls off, no biggie. But the perches, tack 'em where you want 'em then transport it to a place where you can get 'em burned in right.
    A trick I used on my little lincoln was I added a external cooling fan to move more air thru it. Seems to give me a longer duty cycle.
     
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    I did mine with a lincoln 100. worked fine and survived a few 400hp burnouts in 4lo!:doah::doah:
     
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    the 14bolt gov lock is a pretty stout unit, the ones that give ppl trouble are the 10 bolt ones.

    If you want to just get out and wheel, i woudl run it for a while.

    But yes, you could easily weld up a gov lock with a wire feed......just take your time. Not exactly a huge saftey issue if it does happen to break anyways.....
     
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    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes

    A decent welding machine in the hands of a good welder is capable of alot of things. If you ever meet az-k5 look at his rig. 95% of the welds on that truck are done with a welder that you would laugh at and never think could have put that truck together. If you are not a good hand at welding then find someone who is to weld the spring perches on and weld the 14bff. To weld a govlock you basically weld everything to everything as best you can and hope it doesn't go boom. Melt all the stuff together and you should be good.

    Harley
     
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    Seems like there must be a trick to welding up an axle. I welded the pinion to the ring gear on the gear set that broke in Moab - you know a conversation piece:D - and I noticed most of the tacks have cracks in them.
     
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    Yeah, I'd say go with the flux core and crank up the heat. Here's some DIY4X perches welded onto a 14Bff with a millermatic 110 wire feed.

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    Looks good to me.
     
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    Yeah, I cleaned my mask, and it was as if I gained experience at the same time. I was pretty happy about it, too bad none of the stuff on my truck looks that good, as it was a buddy's axle. I think that you can get most things done with a 110 if you're using flux core though. One of the bit differences was welding with a real extension cord, not the cheasy retractable one. Also shutting off other things...like the 500w halogen light, or stop your buddy who's using the angle grinder 10 ft away...gives you a lot more power.
     
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    You got that right, I made a big ass gauge, short as I could get away with ext. cord. It makes a big difference. Add a little fan to the air intake grill and push more air, you can weld longer between cool downs. I use .035 flux wire and the " good stuff " not the harbor freight stuff. Tried it, did'nt like it.
     
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    Now,thats some nice work!!!!
     

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