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Getting The Rose Family Mini Back On The Road! (After 5 Years)

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#286 jsyjamie

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:47 AM

Looking good mate, just need to keep the motivation high! 



#287 Ben_O

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 10:29 PM

Looking good Ben.

welding isn't too bad at all. You just need to work on your technique but plenty of practice will help there.

 

It looks from your picture that you may need to up the power and drop the wire speed slightly. 

Keep playing with the settings and trying it out joining scrap pieces together and you will get there.

 

Cheers

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#288 Ben Rose

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 11:16 AM

Looking good Ben.

welding isn't too bad at all. You just need to work on your technique but plenty of practice will help there.

 

It looks from your picture that you may need to up the power and drop the wire speed slightly. 

Keep playing with the settings and trying it out joining scrap pieces together and you will get there.

 

Cheers

Ben

Thanks for the input Ben.  I'm going to cut off the front wings so I have more scrap to test with. Practice, Practice, Practice.  In terms of using a copper back plate will that make much of a difference?  Also I am using 0.6 mig wire now which is helping controllability as I was using 0.8 before.  But I am still using pure CO2.  Should I swap to Argon\CO2 mix?  I have a big bottle I get re-filled.



#289 Ben Rose

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 03:09 PM

So I decided to cut out the small repair I made as I wasn't happy.  Welded in a new repair section by tacking at first and then filling in the gaps with weld and BOOM blew two huge holes where the metal joins.  So frustrating.  :shy: 
I have ordered a copper back so I can fill in the holes and grind it back.  Thought I was getting better to that point.  Having said that its all a learning curve.  Still enjoying the learning process too.
 
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Tired of watching the boot floor get surface rust all over it so used some Deox Gel overnight to remove the rust. I'll be washing it off tonight and then priming with Electrox.

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As soon as the copper backing arrives I will fill in my holes and then weld in the battery box.



#290 Ben Rose

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Posted 06 October 2020 - 07:07 AM

Cleaned up the boot floor.  Just wanted to give it some protection whilst I worked on it as there was starting to be a fair bit of surface rust building up.  The boot lip is too far gone so I am going to try to repair this.  By the time I have finished it would have been was simpler and quicker to replace the boot floor but I am using this as good experience and learning as I go.
 
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Had to have a second go over some of the really bad bits but it is incredible how well it has come up.

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This sure helps drying the panels and drying paint.

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Mask certainly helped...

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