My Baja Bug Rebuild

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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Haans » Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:57 am

You are scaring me boet !!!
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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Edmond » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:53 pm

Started repairing the passenger donor heater channel needs a section replaced on the bottom plate, have cut the rust out already and cut the excess sheetmetal I don't need on it. I need to get some steel plate cut into strips for the repairs. Also cut the rusty running board mount area out on the drivers side heater channel and removed the remnants of the old driver side heater channel from the front bulkhead.
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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Edmond » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:12 pm

Drivers side heater channel almost ready to go in running board area repaired, takes forever to remove the unnecessary pieces on the donor heater channel, drilling out spot welds cutting off pieces of metal etc. I'm hoping next time I work on the baja I can finally weld the heater channel in, need to get more mig flux core wire first though
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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Edmond » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:41 pm

Drivers side heater channel in still need to fully weld it in by the front bulkhead and the rear quarter panel had a lot of repair work on it had to make a new nut cage for the 2 front M10 bolts in the heater channel and a new front closing panel. Next is cutting out the old passenger side heater channel is really rotted, need to repair a bottom section on the donor passenger side heater channel first.
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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by 73type2 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:05 am

It seems like that flux core MIG welder is doing it's job!

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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Edmond » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:45 pm

73type2 wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:05 am
It seems like that flux core MIG welder is doing it's job!
Yes I have mastered the art of using flux core mig welder controlling the heat is half the battle I have got my welder set up really good at the moment

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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by 73type2 » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:17 pm

I've also stuck with my cheap R2500 flux core welder and nearly gave up a few times and bought a more expensive setup, but I stuck it out. I've learnt that a wire speed of between 2.5 and 3 on the LOW setting works good for me, as well as having a good earth cable contact on the weld piece. Also when the flux core wire gets rusty from standing too long the welder can splutter a bit.

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Re: My Baja Bug Rebuild

Post by Edmond » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:23 pm

My welder works well on wire speed 3 to 3.5m/min and volts about 22 . I really like the voltage been adjustable on my one makes fine tuning super easy. I always remove the wire spool when I'm done welding to prevent it going rusty might waste 3.5m of wire but will save the torch line and drive wheels

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