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#181 sonikk4

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 07:47 PM

 

 

I may have to do my work outside, in a carport. I could put a wind break up. I’m just wondering how much wind/draft we are talking about regarding going gas vs gasless? Or will any outside work be unsuitable for gas. Thanks, great post. I’ve learnt lots and all seems less daunting.

 

I have used all sorts of things from blankets wrapped on a pallet to act as a windbreak to basically anything i can find. As long as the torch area is protected you should be good. It may take a bit of fiddling around but you will soon know if you are protected enough.

 

 

Thank you for your reply, that's genuinely helpful. 

 

 

No problem, sometimes you have to think out of the box plus i would never use gasless. Even at our workshop when i was welding my mates T4, due to the size of the van it was difficult to have it fully in the workshop, so we rigged up a windbreak out of an old gazebo we have and some random metal posts we had floating about.

 

Worked a treat.



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Posted 02 March 2020 - 07:59 PM

Yes, my friend, a vw enthusiast who always has at least ten projects lying around advised me to go for gas. I just wanted to make sure it was possible before a purchase. Although I’m waiting to hear back on a possible farm unit so the point may be moot. And I’ll have lots of dry space to make a mini jigsaw puzzle. Hopefully not mix the parts with the motorbike jigsaw puzzles too.. ☺️

I’d never of thought about doing my own welding, but after reading what you and other members on here achieve with relatively cheap solutions I’m going to learn, it would be very liberating to be good at it. Likewise for paint and bodywork.

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 08:05 PM

Yes, my friend, a vw enthusiast who always has at least ten projects lying around advised me to go for gas. I just wanted to make sure it was possible before a purchase. Although I’m waiting to hear back on a possible farm unit so the point may be moot. And I’ll have lots of dry space to make a mini jigsaw puzzle. Hopefully not mix the parts with the motorbike jigsaw puzzles too.. ☺️

I’d never of thought about doing my own welding, but after reading what you and other members on here achieve with relatively cheap solutions I’m going to learn, it would be very liberating to be good at it. Likewise for paint and bodywork.

 

It really boils down to cost. Imagine having restos done to the standard i would expect would soon out value the cost of the car.

 

Never been frightened of doing bodywork, it really was down to the initial costs to buy a good welder plus all of the other bits and pieces. All of my spraying gear far out costs the price of a Porta Mig which will be my next big purchase. But worth it ultimately for me being able to say "i sprayed my own car etc etc etc"

 

A certain amount of pride. And the last piece of a mini puzzle i have never done is coming back to my workshop later in the year. My workmates mini Special i restored. He wants me to replace the roof, so a first for me.



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Posted 03 May 2020 - 08:40 PM

Neil, a very informative thread this....fantastic, ive just read through the whole lot...lol

 

I also have a 135te and found it to be very good....im no Pro, but i can get bits of metal to stick together. Just need more time to practice to get better.

 

Another good thing to use to cover bits to stop them burning is Fire Blankets. The kind you get for use in Kitchens for when your Chip Pan catches fire. Cheap to buy secondhand.

 

Great thread, keep up the good work.

 

Dicky.



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 10:18 AM

I am looking at doing my own welding after a lot of procrastination, and the kit list at the start is great - I won't be getting everything but will be looking at a decent amount of the stuff I guess. I'm also looking at preparing my garage suitable for welding and the like. I'll read through it in full now.

 

I'm actually not sure where I stand with being able to do it though, as I'm in rented accomodation. Could be a bit tricky! Permission v forgieveness might come into it.



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 10:25 AM

I am looking at doing my own welding after a lot of procrastination, and the kit list at the start is great - I won't be getting everything but will be looking at a decent amount of the stuff I guess. I'm also looking at preparing my garage suitable for welding and the like. I'll read through it in full now.
 
I'm actually not sure where I stand with being able to do it though, as I'm in rented accomodation. Could be a bit tricky! Permission v forgieveness might come into it.


I think as long as you are careful, think about where and when you are grinding etc you should be fine. You can buy welding screens which prevent splatter etc and also help when outside to stop you gas from being blown away from the area you are welding.




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