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Old 02-13-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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looking for some help to fix my water pump cover on my 2002 Vor 450 enduro its cast aluminum yes I know its not subaru related but I know some of you sudy peeps can fix anything so any help is much appreciated thanks In Renton WA by the way
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:20 PM   #2
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looking for some help to fix my water pump cover on my 2002 Vor 450 enduro its cast aluminum yes I know its not subaru related but I know some of you sudy peeps can fix anything so any help is much appreciated thanks In Renton WA by the way
I don't know of anyone who does it, but cast aluminum can be welded. Back in my racing days, I threw a rod out the side of my Alfa's engine block. I had the block welded. The guy said that he had to heat the block up in an over first, then weld it.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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PM David Medina, he's a certified welder. Not sure if he can do cast aluminum though.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:39 PM   #4
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I don't know of anyone who does it, but cast aluminum can be welded. Back in my racing days, I threw a rod out the side of my Alfa's engine block. I had the block welded. The guy said that he had to heat the block up in an over first, then weld it.
probly needed to pre-heat it to get deeper penetration into the block.


i used to weld aluminum extremely well, but i havnt even touched a tig or even welded aluminum since my first welding job after i got out of school, nor do i even own a welder of my own yet. been welding nothing but structural steel for the past year and half.


but if you have one or whatever, ill do it for you.


edit: what about worldone's tech? dont know if hes even done alum. but can try him too.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:57 PM   #5
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here is the problem its about a 1/8" thick the nozzle previously extended out an inch. Should I try a hotrod shop to see about making a duplicate? or is this fixable
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:52 PM   #6
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Look up STA-WELD in redmond. Its a one man company runned by a guy named larry (Big Lar). He is a freakin wizzard with aluminum and other diceplins of welding and brazing. Im not positive that he can do the cast alluminum, but is worth a shot. Might be more of a braze than a weld

Ive had him weld several custom built things for me on my K5 Project (Alluminum radiator bung and neck, Custome made brass fitting that serves three purposes and is the only one ever made, and hes done some beadlock wheels for me too)

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Old 02-13-2007, 11:39 PM   #7
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World one performance have alum Welder. i think so
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:23 AM   #8
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In this case (Cast alluminum) Its not about the equipment, its about the technique used. Cast is a very pourus material and it is very dificult to make a good weld with good penetration, yet not make it brittle.

Call STA-WELD
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Thanks I'll give STA-WELD a call..I still need to make a stronger piece any ideas?
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:45 AM   #10
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Afetermarket?
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Old 02-14-2007, 05:42 PM   #11
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Dropped the piece off with Larry he seems like a really nice guy. I hope it works out so I can ride my bike soon. I asked about getting a custom piece made he said it would cost 200-300 so I might have to bite the bullit and do that someday
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:27 PM   #12
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ya, if there arent clearance issues Larry should be able to fab one from scratch for you. But he has a hourly rate of like 65+ per hour, so it will cost you.
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