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Welding to 14b housing

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85mudblazin, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    yes I have done alot of research on here and pirate, but has anyone actually have a weld fail due to welding mild steel to the housing?? I have always heard to pre-heat and use nickle rod but I have also heard of lots of people just pre-heating and using flux core in a mig. I have also "heard" of the cast breaking off around the weld because it made it brittle.
    I need to weld some tabs to my 14b housing to run a limiting strap, all I really have access to is a mig. Real world experience??
     
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    I have welded to my 14bff housing with a mig welder with flux core wire. It is for my limiting strap setup and has lasted ok sofar. I just made sure I had alot of weld surface.

    Harley
     
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    I think im just going to truss it and be done with it. :)
     
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    The 14FF is cast steel, you can weld it with pre-heating and mig, or flux/stick welding. The D44 however is cast iron and will crack quickly even with pre-heating.
     
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    why would the front end be made from iron and the rear from steel?

    dont mean to hyjack but, that seems kinda weird
     
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    prolly has to do with Dana using cast and Corporate using steel :)
     
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    On the 14b, do you need to pre-heat when welding to the tubes, or just the center section? I just need to relocate shock mounts.
     
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    A year ago...
    I had to re-plug weld my tubes in my 14bff.
    Rene coached me. ;)

    I just preheated the housing...and MIGed the plugs.
    The welding went quick...this cast melts easy.

    I forget the type of cast iron Rene called it...
    but there is no doubt...it's cast iron...not cast steel.
     

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