Learning to Weld

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  1. Arnold

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    So I'm starting to accumulate a fair number of unusable Luscombe parts. Thinking of learning to weld and creating "art." Any suggestions on the best way to go about learning, equipment, etc.?
     
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    Just depends. MIG, TIG or stick will work. I would prefer TIG for what you are talking about because it makes very clean weld and can weld just about any type of metal plus will handle delicate “art” projects well. As far as learning how... I would not start on anything life changing if the weld fails. Lots of books, videos and online material to reference to get started. Community colleges often have good programs to get started as well.
     
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    How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

    So, iffen you are talking Luscombe parts, you are talking Aluminum. Right? In that case, you want AC TIG - the most difficult and fussy welding process. :) But, it ain't rocket science. Lots of videos on youtube to show you what's involved.

     
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    Some steel some aluminium. We've all seen stupid aviation videos. I appreciate you giving me a recommendation for one that ain't (stupid that is).
     
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    Yall forgot the best technique to weld.

    JB
     
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    I learned at community college. It is very much like flying in that you don't get better unless you practice.
     
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    your local training school is your bet.
     
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    I learned a LOT from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/c/weldingtipsandtricks
    I have been doing MIG and stick for years, but bought a TIG a few years ago to do aluminum and thin steel, and his videos were basically a ground school for me. TIG is easy to do, but hard to do well. Aluminum, particularly cast aluminum, and even worse cast Al exposed to oil...is a real bugger, but it can be done.

    Inverter machines have made TIG SO much more accessible and easier with HF starting and the ability to control frequency etc. Never been a better time to get into it.
     
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    ditto. Except for "TIG is easy to do," :)

    BTW - made new fuel tanks for my ride - got a guy to TIG the first one for me, then (after practice and improving the design to make it easier to weld) I welded the second myself. So, it can be done. They even call me "the big dipper" cuz I'm a star. I think.
     
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    beat me to it! Just found a brand named PC7, same basic thing but can get in 4lb cans :)

    whooohoo! Just got some gunna give it a try on my sons “new” truck to put some slip on rocker covers on to dress up the MI rot
     
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    Really cool idea OP! Post pics when ya do it
     
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    Missed this one, thanks.