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Old 08-14-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Hi NESIC,

I'm in the middle of an install and have found out that my flux core isn't going to cut it for this.

I'm wondering if anyone is willing and able to bring over some welding equipment to weld some aluminum. It wouldn't take long at all. Just need to weld two rod ends, one on each side of the car to the STi aluminum control arms.

I live in Haverhill, MA and would compensate you for your time in pizza, beer, liquor, what ever you decide fitting.

TIA!
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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What type of welder do you have??
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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Just a 90 amp flux core wire welder from HF.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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You may need a TIG to do aluminum
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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Correct. This is why I'm reaching out for help.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #6
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You are gonna need a decent amount of power too. 110v isn't gonna cut it. You will need access to 220. Unless its a gas powered welder. But I'm not sure if many of those can run an A/C TIG set up.


Also, stupid question, but are the rod ends aluminium? If they aren't, its not gonna work. Figured I'd ask, I've had to fix stuff other people have tried to weld when one part is steel and the other aluminum.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #7
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Both aluminum. Most likely different grades though.

I've seen some videos where I could buy some aluminum rod from HF and a blow torch to make a simple weld. I'm not looking for anything pretty just getting the job done effectively.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:16 AM   #8
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Both aluminum. Most likely different grades though.

I've seen some videos where I could buy some aluminum rod from HF and a blow torch to make a simple weld. I'm not looking for anything pretty just getting the job done effectively.
Good luck trying to gas weld aluminum. Steel sheet back in high school was always a good time.
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You might be better off taking the control arm off and having it welded somewhere off the car. Or drive the car to someone's shop.

If you pull them off I might be able to help out @ my work. But I don't have a portable TIG set up that I can use. (I do, but its steel only) so it would have to be done on a bench in the shop.
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Hey Derek,

This is the friend I was telling you about.


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You might be better off taking the control arm off and having it welded somewhere off the car. Or drive the car to someone's shop.

If you pull them off I might be able to help out @ my work. But I don't have a portable TIG set up that I can use. (I do, but its steel only) so it would have to be done on a bench in the shop.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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Hey Derek,

This is the friend I was telling you about.
Whatever he said was a LIE!


....unless it was something good, then its all true.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #12
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haha I understand but it won't be able to be taken off and welded. I'm going to try something tomorrow. If that doesn't work I will contact you guys!
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