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  1. It's your car, not theirs. If they wanted a chevette with a perfect paint job they can go and weld up their own and paint it however they want. For what its worth I remember what it looked like before.. I think this looks fine and only proves the majority of folk on Facebook are indeed fucknuggets of the highest calibre.
  2. Wrong forum to ask this. Get it welded, man.
  3. If you do this, you'll create a double skin which is a rust magnet. If you do it to practice, please don't repair the actual car this way.
  4. If you know the minimum and maximum outputs of the machine, you can use this calculator to work out the power setting. https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/calculator.htm Then once that's set, dial down the wire feed and then experiment slowly turning it up until it sounds "right". I know that's impossible to gauge unless you've done it before, but basically you're looking for a nice calm stable arc, not much sputtering, popping etc. Some people say it sounds like frying bacon. If it sounds like a machine gun it's too low. If you feel the wire tip smacking the metal repeatedly, it's too high. You'll get the feel of it. Don't bother trying to lay 'beads' of weld, zig zagging the torch or anything. Just focus on laying down a perfect single tack.
  5. 😄 Good start. Not sure what welder you have but there should be a chart, or someone will know. It should sound like sizzling when you press the trigger, and take 1-2 seconds till it burns right through. From the looks of the photo it might be set way too high.
  6. If you have the settings right for the thickness of steel, try laying down one stationary blob on a clean flat area of steel (not a join) with the trigger held and the gun completely still, timing how long it takes to burn through. Your ideal tack is going to be that length of time minus a bit to stop it blowing a hole. Practice laying those down first, single tacks without blowing a hole. Then move to your join and try doing the same. It might need a little bit less duration to avoid blowing holes. Once you get the hang of laying down tacks, all you need to do to join two bits is to lay down a string of individual good tacks. That's pretty much the best way to weld thin metal. Read through this too. https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/tutorial.htm Avoid the forums, they are awful.
  7. Presumably to stop people driving around a foreign heap to avoid MOT, tax, insurance etc. Although, I don't understand why it has been made illegal even if you DO have the relevant tax etc.
  8. Thanks for offering to drive. When are you picking me up?
  9. In all seriousness, good luck, I hate the fact all my cars have winter MOTs within about a day of each other.. Shorting out a brake wear sensor is just good preventative maintenance. Who the hell needs them?
  10. Or not .. 😄 https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/11/dutch-officials-seize-ham-sandwiches-from-british-drivers
  11. A mere four day raid. Kind of highlights the benefits of a UK - Norway ferry crossing.
  12. Suzuki X-90 2WD https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304180028485?hash=item46d28ae445%3Ag%3AGV8AAOSwtZBhTv~J&LH_ItemCondition=3000
  13. 1992 Proton GLS 1.5 Petrol with factory body kit https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115040872479?hash=item1ac8f8681f%3Ag%3AXLoAAOSw-DhhZBYp&LH_ItemCondition=3000
  14. It's all so familiar! My best one so far is welding away on a cold day and feeling what I thought was the heat of the sun finally coming out. It was very pleasant for a surprisingly long time. Because I was wearing a respirator I couldn't smell that the entire foam kneepad I was lying on had gone up in flames in a spectacular fashion. It was only when I actually saw the flames dimming the welding visor I frantically scrambled out from under the car and launched the mat into a big puddle. Underseal also burns for a surprisingly long time, even when it has melted and fallen off, it just creates a new fire wherever it lands.
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