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Old 05-15-2006, 11:45 AM   #21
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Have to love those Gorilla welds!!!
i was gonna say that also
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As my defense, that is my second time welding, ever. Self-taught and didn't have any shielding gas. Just flux core wire. I think the gas may have helped make it look less crappy, but I'm just a newbie at this stuff.
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Might it be possible to hear how it sounds at higher RPMs?
Or maybe a WOT flyby video?

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As my defense, that is my second time welding, ever. Self-taught and didn't have any shielding gas. Just flux core wire. I think the gas may have helped make it look less crappy, but I'm just a newbie at this stuff.
After driving the car for awhile, check the welds for cracks and leaks. Without the gas, the penetration is not as good and all you are do is lay beads on top of each other without good penetration. The effect is called Heat Affected Zone Cracking. Did you puddle while welding?

If you want to learn more about welding and all the different techniques, go to the Lincoln Wleding website. They have technical documents for welding almost everything, including motorsports applications. Welding takes lots of practice; it took me a very looong time.

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/knowl...icles/list.asp
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If puddling is what I think it is(make a blob and just drag from that) then yes. I did to the best of my ability. By the end of the little project they started looking a little better....
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After driving the car for awhile, check the welds for cracks and leaks.
Well, I'll be hitting the road for Arizona by this evening... will that be far enough to see if it cracks?

I'll have to keep an eye on everything... hopefully I won't lose an exhaust hanger while on the road . If it gets a lot louder all the sudden, I guess I'll know why. What are the chances the welds will be fine and last a long time?
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Also, it'll be a while before I can get better pics and video of the setup. Please bear with me!
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Have a good trip Ben...watch out for the crazy locals when you get there. :P
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doesnt sound too bad. kinda like my flowmaster.
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Size:  31.1 KB looks like the exhaust on a Mini Cooper! NIce job! Everybody needs to learn to weld sometime, not bad without gas and it being your second time
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