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Old 11-25-2007, 08:34 PM   #91 (permalink)
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05-07-2006, 04:29 Pm

got a welding lesson from my older brother today. torch brazing. very, very cool.

it's not too hard. i should rephrase that: it's probably hard to do "well" by the standards of a pro welder, but it's not too hard to get 2 pieces of metal to join together without ruining either of them (distorting / melting through).

the lessons were on pieces of sheet metal cut from the flanks of the red swift. (these cars are really melding together in true forkenswift style)

i was practicing on flat & clean pieces of suzuki clamped perfectly together, which is much different from contorting myself inside & underneath the blue car where the actual work needs to be done. that will be more of a challenge.

still... i'm really looking forward to trying this.

i borrowed a torch, and if i didn't have some work to get ready for tomorrow, i'd be out in the garage right now reciting the only thing i remember from shop class about using an oxy/acetylene setup:

"A" before "O", or up you go!

that will be my mantra this week.

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