1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:39 am

Thanks Ray, I appreciate it !

I think 2020 got off on a rocky start for the jeep, was waiting for parts for a long time and spent a lot in shipping but when i see it now, its all worth it and I'd do it again tmrw!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by 1942 Ford GPW 352nd » Wed Nov 11, 2020 6:24 am

Boyso - excellent work! I enjoy following this thread as you have been making soo much progress over time and I truly admire your persistence in completing the project despite the many obstacles and challenges. Keep up the great work!

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by hell-fire » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:58 pm

Looking fantastic, really great work, time to go a get some dark sunglasses as that light at the end of the tunnel will be getting really bright now.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:22 pm

Thanks guys, I appreciate it a lot :)

On Friday, some prankster decided to call the office I work in, calling in to say there was an hostage situation. Thankfully, I had taken the afternoon off and nobody was injured and it was an hoax/swatting but lets just say we were all pretty shaken up and this weekend helped change my mind a little.

Got the floor mostly all welded in now, Theres two areas of my hump that are missing that I'll need to find donor patches for. I'll also need to grind for days but my back is killing me for now so that'll do.

Welds won't win any awards but I needed to build up some areas to radius in while grinding for that smooth junction look. And penetration is excellent so I'm happy.

Didn't see many areas that would require much stretching of the metal, just my muscles that could use it right now.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by 70th Division » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:29 pm

Wow !!!!

That is looking really awesome :D :D :D :D
Beautiful welding job, what type of welder are you using there ?

Keep up your excellent work, really coming along fast now :D :D :D :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:30 pm

Thanks bud :)

A Lincoln MIG 180 with C25 gas and S-6 wire :)
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by 70th Division » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:39 pm

Hello,

That puts down a beautiful weld right there !!!
I will see if my Miller can be configured like that :D :D
I am sure that you have great welding talent with such a smooth, solid, and clean weld :D :D :D

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:09 pm

I think most of it comes down to technique more than anything ! if your machine can output enough power to weld 18 ga with your selected wire, after that, its all about technique and having clean metal under the wire.

I'm not a fan of doing tacks every 2 inches until they meet, unless you hold it there for a while or run it hot, penetration was never great imo. I prefer tacking all around every 8 inches or so to keep the whole thing in place, and then use clamps and then I'll just start doing tacks next to one another with the first one being the most important one. Make sure you see it flow into the gap and then stop. Before it has fully set, while theres still some color to it, zap right next to it, for a bit of a shorter duration. Rince and repeat until you have a weld about 2-3 inches long. Then move somewhere else so that you don't warp it. That way you're sure to have good penetration as the metal is already warm.

And if it warps, just stretch it back out with hammer ON dolly.

Don't forget about your welder's duty cycle, let it cool off once in a while.

Make sure there isn't a breeze blowing away your precious argon either.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Raflad » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:27 pm

I'm impressed. So is S-6 .035 wire? Would you mind telling what settings you were using on your welder. Thanks.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:46 am

Oops sorry, its .025 wire, here's the link : https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/linc ... 8024p.html

Unfortunately I don't know my settings by heart and I won't be going to the shop this weekend but if I recall correctly, I'm using the advised wire speed for 18 ga, and one-up on the power knob as I like a bit more heat for plug welds and didn't bother adjusting it for the butt welds, I just changed my technique/duration a bit and all is going well.

Also I didn't know that zintec was a zinc based electroplating. Should've worn fume protection, felt like crap for a couple hours afterwards.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by twinflyer17 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:23 am

Boyso wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:09 pm
Make sure there isn't a breeze blowing away your precious argon either.
The welds look good, as does your progress! Don't hesitate to start doing some continuous runs, though...a trick for a smooth/clean weld is to push and not pull the bead and bob the wire up and down through the liquid pool as you push. You seem to know what you're doing and have the welder's settings perfect, and a continuous bead will help to limit those little holes the wire creates when stopping/tacking 8) Oh, and make sure you take breaths of fresh air in between welding runs, or you'll find that you get light headed, dizzy, and possibly nauseous!
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:58 pm

Yeah I'm just worried about introducing too much heat, I've had to do so much stretching on the side panels that I don't want to do any more than necessary !

My back is killing me, I've been leaned over for around 10 hours just grinding slowly as to not eat into the new metal but only the welds. Not perfect, I'll go add in some welds to ease the transition near the pedals but very happy with how the hump turned out. Also patched two missing bits, only one area or two left patching.

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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by dcrawford » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:55 pm

Looks great, Etienne. Well done on the blending.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by majmacs » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:01 am

Looks awesome!
I always get a bit impatient on the grinding..........yours looks great.
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Re: 1944 Ford GPW-231738 - "Potshot"

Post by Boyso » Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:37 pm

Yeah its very easy to make the good metal too thin and introduce heat that will cause oil canning down the road. Thankfully I don't have any... yet !

I don't miss the days of shrinking/stretching to get rid of those oil canning spots. Next car I'm restoring better not have a single flat panel to it !
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