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    Soon I,ll be looking to buy a mig welder(gas less?) to do some welding on 2CV. Anyone out there can recommend a decent brand at around 6 to 800 dollar mark for a new one? Maybe interested in a used one if any out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bertie View Post
    Soon I,ll be looking to buy a mig welder(gas less?) to do some welding on 2CV. Anyone out there can recommend a decent brand at around 6 to 800 dollar mark for a new one? Maybe interested in a used one if any out there.
    This has been discussed ad nauseum a few time in the "new forum"

    Let the search function be your friend.

    Psst try typing "mig welder " in the search box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    This has been discussed ad nauseum a few time in the "new forum"

    Let the search function be your friend.

    Psst try typing "mig welder " in the search box.
    Thank Rob, and I read your input. Shame you are not living in Sydney so you can do the welding for me.(for payment of course).

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    Robmac,

    I liked your hint of using the "Search Box".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bertie View Post
    Thank Rob, and I read your input. Shame you are not living in Sydney so you can do the welding for me.(for payment of course).
    what do you need done?

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    Whats the advantage of a mig with gas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltone View Post
    Whats the advantage of a mig with gas?
    Psst try typing "mig welder " in the search box.

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    i know of a few guys that have bought from this site and they have had no complaints. the guy is good to deal with and offers full support and spares. im considering getting something myself when spare cash permits. there only really hobby machines though.

    http://stores.ebay.com.au/Magnum-Welders

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander View Post
    what do you need done?
    Nothing really serious, things like bumper stop mount(s) and some place in the floor of the boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bertie View Post
    Nothing really serious, things like bumper stop mount(s) and some place in the floor of the boot.
    Hi Bertie,

    I suggest you get a screwdriver with a 5 mm flat blade.

    Go around the around the perimeter of the rusted areas. Stand it vertical and strike the top with the palm of your hand.

    Areas which dent or go through need to be cut out.

    Make sure the metal is ground back and shiny prior to welding.

    The person who does the welding will thank you!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Hi Bertie,

    I suggest you get a screwdriver with a 5 mm flat blade.

    Go around the around the perimeter of the rusted areas. Stand it vertical and strike the top with the palm of your hand.

    Areas which dent or go through need to be cut out.

    Make sure the metal is ground back and shiny prior to welding.

    The person who does the welding will thank you!

    cheers

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    Mmmm...,If you do that to an 2CV you would have to replace the whole car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Bertie View Post
    Mmmm...,If you do that to an 2CV you would have to replace the whole car!
    If you can't find solid steel then you can't weld successfully.

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    2cvs have really thin metal. Have you considered bonding in replacement panels. Welding 2cv's is never easy. Don't stab to hard with a screwdriver .... You'll dent & go through anything and everything except maybe the engine block

    I wouldn't go near a 2cv with a gasless welder... Unless you want big holes everywhere!

    High quality welder, 0.6mm wire, argon/c02 mix ... and you'll still be struggling welding 2cv metal

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    I've got a minimig 120 - AWESOME machine
    a bit light on anything above 4mm plate

    you MUST have the option to go gas, otherwise you'll blow through panels (from experience)
    I also just did some aluminium MIG welding too - pretty nifty to have around.
    Shell out the extra coin to have a gas machine, otherwise you'll be paying somone to do your work anyway

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    I have a unimig which works fine but i think the options for current are a bit limited (high/low setting and 1/2/3) it has six settings. The TAFE teacher when I bought it said don't bother with gasless. So if you choose to go gasless by a gas gasless option welder so if you find it is rubbish you can always add gas and change the wire later. I find my welder the settings jump a bit when you switch them over.

    I LIKE a Miller mig welder I saw at a welding shop last year not sure on the model. costs around $800-1000 has one dial for power/amps and one dial for wire speed. Doesn't get much simpler than that. And Miller is a reputable brand.

    Off to the side a bit I bought a Chinese AC/DC TIG welder off ebay. mild steel and stainless I find quite easy to weld with it. The welds are very neat, there wont be much grinding after welding. The AC function is only for aluminium so a DC only TIG can be had for much less. also simple to use. The MIG is faster but I prefer the TIG. and you need gas, gas rental bout $100-150 a year plus refill

    I reccomend buy a tig welder
    get someone to show you how to do it or learn first then you decide.
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    Default Tig

    If you go here and register.

    http://www.warez-bb.org

    then type in TIG in the search it will help you no end.

    Seems TIG might be the way to go for the thinner panels.


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    Just been MIG welding aluminium with my welder last weekend - worked a treat!

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