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MY VERY FIRST WELD WITH Aluminium !

Well I got a eastwood 200 tig and today is the first I got to use it. I have welded in the navy but never aluminum and I never have used a tig. After watching many movies and some reading this is my very first weld. Im getting ready to put the peaces together on my 6.4 intake and plan to do some ported intakes for my friends. Its not great from the right but 3/4 of the way through I could really see it melt and started flowing rods just right. I have to thank lilpooh for some stuff that helped me a lot !! Thanks rich!!! remember this is my first weld with some scrap he gave me!!



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It looks like you're tryin to "walk the cup" the only thing that will help is practice, you'll get the hang of it.

If you want to learn heat control, weld coke cans and razor blades together lol.

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The only thing better than practice is more practice. It looks really good for your first weld. Most people don't "get it" on their first pass.

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Looks decent Dale. Try getting the hand of running flat beads on a piece of flat stock. Once you can carry the puddle and have control of the heat then try working on various joints such as lap joints and t-joints.

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Impressive for a first go!

I once worked for a dude at a fab shop and he is the one who taught me how to tig.

One of the things he taught me on aluminum was to wait untill the puddle was like a mirror then add filler and move on.

Another aluminum trick he showed me for thicker material was to use a oxygen-acetylene torch, without the oxygen on and cover the weld area with a bit of soot. Once there was a layer of soot, heat the area up with the torches (using oxygen now) and when the soot disappears, the aluminum is hot enough to start welding.

I am not a welder, so take these with a grain of salt.

One thing I would recomend though is to get lots of practice before welding an intake. Keep in mind that it is a pressure vessel!


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I can't thank rich enough for his help materials! But it is fun. Man welding steel is awesome with this!!


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Looks decent Dale. Try getting the hand of running flat beads on a piece of flat stock. Once you can carry the puddle and have control of the heat then try working on various joints such as lap joints and t-joints.
I just spent 2 hours doing flat welds and then joining 2 peace's together and i'm doing really good! I adjusted my face shield so I could see better and I can see it puddle now and that is the trick for shore I love this thing!


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Impressive for a first go!

I once worked for a dude at a fab shop and he is the one who taught me how to tig.

One of the things he taught me on aluminum was to wait untill the puddle was like a mirror then add filler and move on.

Another aluminum trick he showed me for thicker material was to use a oxygen-acetylene torch, without the oxygen on and cover the weld area with a bit of soot. Once there was a layer of soot, heat the area up with the torches (using oxygen now) and when the soot disappears, the aluminum is hot enough to start welding.

I am not a welder, so take these with a grain of salt.

One thing I would recomend though is to get lots of practice before welding an intake. Keep in mind that it is a pressure vessel!


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Any help is shore appreciated and thank you ill try anything im a newbie


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It looks like you're tryin to "walk the cup" the only thing that will help is practice, you'll get the hang of it.

If you want to learn heat control, weld coke cans and razor blades together lol.
I sure will try that and your correct I was trying to walk the cup but I will get the hang of it and I really like the tig welder. I will do steel tomorrow.


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