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  Topic: Help me decide on a new welder
ncpi

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PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:16 am   Subject: Re: Help me decide on a new welder
Bit the bullet! Purchased the Hobart from Northern Tool. Amazon's delivery was out in February.

The swingers for me... the extra Voltage setting, the wire feed "seems" better and the warr ...
  Topic: Help me decide on a new welder
ncpi

Replies: 14
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:25 pm   Subject: Re: Help me decide on a new welder
I have the Hobart 140. It was a craigslist buy, well worth the $375. I matched it to a Harbor Freight wheeled cart and picked up a gas bottle also from craigslist. About $500 and ready to go. Works b ...
  Topic: Help me decide on a new welder
ncpi

Replies: 14
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:23 pm   Subject: Re: Help me decide on a new welder
Have you seen this thread?

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=157122

I have found it very helpful, as I am shopping for a welder right now, and have pages of notes to attempt to n ...
  Topic: Help me decide on a new welder
ncpi

Replies: 14
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:43 am   Subject: Re: Help me decide on a new welder
Good info guys... its tied at 50/50 right now.

I did learn a couple things I didn't realize.
1) that the Hobart has an extra voltage selection (5 vs 4)
2) the Hobart might be a bit more robust. ...
  Topic: Help me decide on a new welder
ncpi

Replies: 14
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:54 am   Subject: Help me decide on a new welder
I'm going to bite the bullet and get a new 110V MIG that can do either Gas or Flux-wire.

I have it down to either a Lincoln 140 Weld-pak or a Hobart Handler 140.

Comments appreciated too, especi ...
  Topic: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
ncpi

Replies: 11
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 8:39 am   Subject: Re: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
I came across this utube page for flux core welding body panels that looked good.

Good link, Thanks!

Funny thing, I would not have thought it would turn out as well doing a overlap weld and I ...
  Topic: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
ncpi

Replies: 11
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:19 am   Subject: Re: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
infiniteloop - Thanks! However, I searched thru the forums and didn't find the pics you mentioned except one pic from a guy on somebody else's thread who shows how trim out the rear cornes of the new ...
  Topic: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
ncpi

Replies: 11
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:32 am   Subject: Re: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
Is the welder a MIG and uses shielding gas? If you post some practice welds you can get feedback on how you are doing and guidance on how to improve.

It's a MIG welder (HF 90 amp) but will be using ...
  Topic: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
ncpi

Replies: 11
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:56 pm   Subject: Re: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
Wow! Thatís some top notch work. Looks like they left you with some opportunity though.

Yeah...and that picture was from only the driver's side...the same amount of "stuff" was in the p ...
  Topic: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
ncpi

Replies: 11
Views: 264

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:35 pm   Subject: 1974 SB Convertible Floor pan replacement surprises
Working on replacing the floor pans. I knew they were bad when I bought it and could see bondo, fiberglass screen, resin and tar/rubberized coating. Got the passenger pan out and the body/chassis didn ...
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:52 pm   Subject: Re: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
Here's the handle extension I use on my punch. You can make quick work of punching holes with the punch in a vice. I welded a flange on the lower handle in order to mount it.

In addition to punch ...
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:12 am   Subject: Re: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
Thanks guys, looks like the hand punch will work. I probably won't drill even though its the cheapest route as I would rather not clean up all the holes.

I still wonder if the pneumatic punch would ...
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:14 pm   Subject: Re: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
Thanks guys...appreciate your input and the ability to learn from your experiences. I think I'll go with the hand punch.
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:54 am   Subject: Re: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
Thanks guys, looks like the hand punch will work. I probably won't drill even though its the cheapest route as I would rather not clean up all the holes.

I still wonder if the pneumatic punch would ...
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:45 am   Subject: Re: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
I've been using a Roper-Whitney hand punch for years. There is a generic version available for about half the price on Amazon.

As a side-note, I've extended the handles on mine so that I can place ...
  Topic: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
ncpi

Replies: 13
Views: 380

PostForum: Body/Paint   Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:27 am   Subject: Sheet metal hole punch recommendation
Getting ready to do floor pans. I either want to pick up a cheap pneumatic punch or possibly a hand punch if I need to. My compressor is FL is a small 0.6 CFM.

Pneumatic punches seem to take abou ...
  Topic: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
ncpi

Replies: 27
Views: 1001

PostForum: Performance/Engines/Transmissions   Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:53 pm   Subject: Re: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
The silver lining is that by tearing it down now, instead of driving it further, you may have saved the case, crank, and/or other expensive parts.

Yep...but they were expendable to me. Now they are ...
  Topic: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
ncpi

Replies: 27
Views: 1001

PostForum: Performance/Engines/Transmissions   Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:51 pm   Subject: Re: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
basically what i said about all the other awful crap you'd find when you pulled it apart....

You were right on target!

Which is basically why I'm not pulling the body to do the floor pans in my ...
  Topic: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
ncpi

Replies: 27
Views: 1001

PostForum: Performance/Engines/Transmissions   Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:02 am   Subject: Re: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
Well... I was hopeful to put this engine back in the Thing to hold me over until I got the AM code engine rebuilt... I set the valve lash (which were all tightened down with virtually no clearance) a ...
  Topic: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
ncpi

Replies: 27
Views: 1001

PostForum: Performance/Engines/Transmissions   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:52 am   Subject: Re: Excessive Flywheel play - Help!
Probably just that the oil seal is nice and tight. You did say that the main bearing moved in and out, that alone would make me tear down the block, while there's an outside chance it could be saved ...
 
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