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Old 10-07-2006, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default First attempt @ Tuber. LOTS OF CRAP PICS

I decided to try to build a tuber. I had some 3/16" brake line laying around and didnt like how easy it bent... So I figured I'd use solid 3/16" rod. I also have wanted to learn to weld, So I bought a small 110v welder and am welding the rod instead of brazing.

I have one side just about done, the welds still need cleaned up. Still a lot of tube to add. No mounts of any kind yet either.

I have a really bad camera, $30 Wally World special, so please excuse the picture quality.















Not too horrible bad so far for my first attempt, Oh, ani I'm new to welding as well... So I think I'm doing well.

Let me know what you think so far.
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Old 10-08-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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cool, im interested in how it turns out.
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:48 AM   #3
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Seems like a pretty good start for trying to learn to do both at the same time.At least you're trying which is more than I can say for me at this time.
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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If you want to learn a bit faster, get some scrap sheet metal to play with. Looks good for a first attempt though!
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Old 10-08-2006, 01:00 PM   #5
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It's a good start, and your welds will get better with practice. Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-09-2006, 05:28 PM   #6
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Needs more triangulation!

Nice work!
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:21 PM   #7
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Needs more triangulation!

Nice work!
Yeah, I only got like 4 triangles in there. I'm worried that it might fold up on my first run.

Seriously though, I could probably run this thing over with my Jeep and it would be OK.

Some progress... Got the other side matched up and welded in. Threw on a spare, I just cut the cup off a stock outer and welded that on. Got some thread marks melted into my thumb and pointer finger... for some reason I felt inclined to grab the tire mount while it was glowing red. I added a rear stinger, though I dont know if I like it. bent and welded in the hood bar. Cleaned up a few more welds.

I picked up the metal for the mounts and all today too.

Still have a lot more to do.
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:50 PM   #8
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Looks good.
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:07 PM   #9
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im liking it.....
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:54 PM   #10
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Since you're working with rod rather than tube, I'll pass on my secret, get a bucket, fill it with water and quench your parts after welding. Don't do it immediately after welding it, but before you forget and lay your hand on it. I don't recommend quenching when working with tube because the tube fills with water, and can make for nasty welds and burns from the water escaping. The other nice thing is you have a handy fire extinquisher, should your carpet catch on fire like mine did on the nice side of the garage...
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:49 AM   #11
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That's a good tip, I dothe same thing (I use rod as well; more scale). Needless to say, I don't always cool it off enough! The only issue I've run into is rust!

Tuber looks awesome.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:12 AM   #12
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That is a sick tuber and it is a great job for someone who is learning how to do both
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