Learning to MIG weld

Two steps forward and one step back. In order to sort out the rust issues on the car (and those that may appear in the future) I decided to learn how to weld. I mean, how hard can it be 😉

I did a fair bit of reading/investigating before I settled on a SIP T166 which I purchased from Jebbtools along with all the necessary safety gear. I watched countless youtube videos before hooking it up for the first time.

I took some steel that was left over from the garage build and ground it down to ensure a good ground and weld surface. I’m running in gasless mode which seems to be considered a really bad configuration. I’ll keep practicing to see if I can get a better result than below.

I signed up to a mig welding forum and I was advised to replace the wire that came with the machine with better quality. I had actually purchased some extra wire when I brought the welder so popped that in. I was amazed to see the difference! I was able to run a bead of sorts. I found that increasing the wire speed made a difference also. I’m relieved as it looks like, with lots and lots of practice, I’ll be able to do what I need on the car.

I now need to start practicing butt & plug welds using the same gauge steel that’s on the car. Thankfully I can use the seat platform steel that I just cut out of the car.

16th October 2021 – I was able to do a bit more practice today. I tried some butt & plug welds. The welds seem strong but I still need loads of practice.

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