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I have the Miller 210. It makes such a huge difference to have a solid machine. Technique matters, but tools matter a whole heck of a lot too. It's easy to FEEL like you've spent too much on a good welder. Unless it sits in the corner of the garage never being used, you'll likely get your monies worth on any semi-serious project.
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carlb wrote:I have the Miller 210. It makes such a huge difference to have a solid machine. Technique matters, but tools matter a whole heck of a lot too. It's easy to FEEL like you've spent too much on a good welder. Unless it sits in the corner of the garage never being used, you'll likely get your monies worth on any semi-serious project.
Hey, look... someone who knows what they're talking aboot.
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I weld but also build.

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I got me one of these. Stupid easy and a 3 yr warranty.
http://www.eastwood.com/mig-welders-175 ... l-gun.html
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I miss that E3. Where did it end up?
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wkohler wrote:I miss that E3. Where did it end up?
Me too, I have no idea where it is. Another car I should have finished but didn't because I'm retarded.
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Nice progress Cek. I think you'll find it more gratifying (and addictive) the more you do it.

If you are thinking about buying used when you make the jump to Mig, another machine to keep an eye out for would be a Millermatic 200.
Mine is circa 1991 and I really like it. If you can find a clean one it is a whole lot of machine for the money.

I used mine this past weekend to make a tool to hold the crank pulley while removing / re-torqueing the crankshaft bolt on our 4Runner.
Not the prettiest thing, but it did the job.

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slack wrote:Nice progress Cek. I think you'll find it more gratifying (and addictive) the more you do it.

If you are thinking about buying used when you make the jump to Mig, another machine to keep an eye out for would be a Millermatic 200.
Mine is circa 1991 and I really like it. If you can find a clean one it is a whole lot of machine for the money.

I used mine this past weekend to make a tool to hold the crank pulley while removing / re-torqueing the crankshaft bolt on our 4Runner.
Not the prettiest thing, but it did the job.

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Making tools is the best.
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bkbimmer wrote:Making tools is the best.
How ...er, likely homo erectus (NTTAWWT).
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Karl Grau wrote:
bkbimmer wrote:Making tools is the best.
How ...er, likely homo erectus (NTTAWWT).
Uncle Leo, HELLO.
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bkbimmer wrote:I weld but also build.

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Needs paint.
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Welding excercises for beginners:

https://www.instagram.com/dickwally/
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I am in the process of buying a MIG as well - think I have narrowed it down to a Miller 211. Keep us updated on your learning curve.

Check out this thread on welding: http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/119596

This guy knows what he is doing and its on a e28 M5! Also check out his other threads on how to fabricate panels.
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So it seems like even buying used, you’d need to spend at a minimum, $700-$1,000 for anything decent. Assuming I got any good at it, I’m not sure there’s enough welding in my future to warrant the expense.
I might be better off just flying my cousin down from Berkeley when I need welding done. He seems to have the hang of it. :)


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That is nice work.
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Sharkpilot wrote:I am in the process of buying a MIG as well - think I have narrowed it down to a Miller 211. Keep us updated on your learning curve.

Check out this thread on welding: http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/119596

This guy knows what he is doing and its on a e28 M5! Also check out his other threads on how to fabricate panels.
That was a great read. How he made this from a flat piece of steel, I'll never know. That's some skill.

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Edit: next page shows he did use 2 pieces on that, but still.
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86GT635 wrote:
Sharkpilot wrote:I am in the process of buying a MIG as well - think I have narrowed it down to a Miller 211. Keep us updated on your learning curve.

Check out this thread on welding: http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/119596

This guy knows what he is doing and its on a e28 M5! Also check out his other threads on how to fabricate panels.
That was a great read. How he made this from a flat piece of steel, I'll never know. That's some skill.

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Edit: next page shows he did use 2 pieces on that, but still.
It's not hard if you have a few special tools, steel is easy to form.
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I made this out of one piece of metal in less than thirty minutes. Patch on my e24 wheel arch.
I put a little more curve in it with my shrink before I welded it on the car.
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I really wish you'd make a thread on that car, I remember a few years ago you were talking about making a steel front spoiler. Are you serious about closing your shop?
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86GT635 wrote:I really wish you'd make a thread on that car, I remember a few years ago you were talking about making a steel front spoiler. Are you serious about closing your shop?
I close it everyday.

I don't think this crappie e24 deserves a proper build thread.
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bkbimmer wrote:I made this out of one piece of metal in less than thirty minutes. Patch on my e24 wheel arch.
I put a little more curve in it with my shrink before I welded it on the car.
Brent, I will drive up to Oregon with a car full of hookers and a trunk full of beer if you'll fix what I think I'm going to find when I remove the trunk full of beer's seal/gasket. :)

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bkbimmer wrote:That is nice work.
Yeah, I don’t how a talentless hack like me could be related to him or his brothers, who are also talented. Maybe I was adopted.:?

This is gate he did for the public swimming pool in Madison Wisconson.

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Karl Grau wrote:
bkbimmer wrote:I made this out of one piece of metal in less than thirty minutes. Patch on my e24 wheel arch.
I put a little more curve in it with my shrink before I welded it on the car.
Brent, I will drive up to Oregon with a car full of hookers and a trunk full of beer if you'll fix what I think I'm going to find when I remove the trunk full of beer's seal/gasket. :)

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bkbimmer wrote:That is nice work.
Yeah, I don’t how a talentless hack like me could be related to him or his brothers, who are also talented. Maybe I was adopted.:?

This is gate he did for the public swimming pool in Madison Wisconson.

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I don't like beer, you had me a hookers.
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Happened to wander into a pawn shop this morning.

Saw this:
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The were asking $899. It has everything that came with it but the manual and 120v power plug adapter. It does have the 230v power plug.

Got them down to $720. Cash back guarnatee w/in 7 days...

Took it home and verified the wire fed smoothly and it made a spark. Yay.

Now to get a gas cylinder and cart for it....
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Sweet, that will come in handy.
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Amazon Prime Sunday Delivery is da' bomb.

This arrived at about 1:30pm today:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00440DVE4

Assembly took about 45 minutes.

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