What did you do to your E-Type today? (Part 2)

Thanks Nick … nothing like on the Job training!

Are you using gas less mig?

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Nice work John… I cannot weld !

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Robin…Mig with gas …obviously still learning on my own … I wish I could find a course someplace around here on sheet metal welding

Obviously my thin sheet metal abilities are limited as well. I was happy I was able to actually form a shaped panel however. Definitely a new skill. I would like to try TIG but need to master MIG a lot better first.

Do you have a local community college?

It’s the same way you get to Carnegie Hall, Practice, Practice, Practice. Instruction is also valuable if you can find a course near you.

From time to time I’ve thought about going by the body shop I’ve used in the past and seeing if they have a piece of damaged sheet metal they would sell or give me. I’d make cuts in it and then practice welding it back together.

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Don’t forget modern auto sheet metal is a lot different than the mild steel of old cars.
I prefer to use oxy-acetelene with a small aircraft torch and lightweight hoses. I have a MIG but the torch seems to give more control. TIG is probably best but how many have one in their home workshop?

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Yes lots of them but they all only seem to have commercial courses…

I’ve been using 18 g for most of my work so far but this piece had to be formed and I could not readily find a small piece of 20 so used some 22 I had which I have not welded before. Had to turn the heat way down to avoid blow through. I’ve been following a guy out of Canada Fritzie I think on U Tube… he’s been doing total car sheet metal restorations for ever and only has ever used a couple 110 MIG welders. He can do a whole panel but weld pretty much seamlessly.(he’s my welding hero) . I have a new plasma cutter I have never used I’m trying to sell to fund buying a TIG but seems like I should master MIG first.

BTW … I tend to go overboard when welding.This part did not need all those welds!! It’s addicting!

I have tried to TiG and found it very hard to do, never mastered it, I’m much happier with MiG.
Just do very short sections at a time to keep the heat down.

TIGging thin metal is quite tricky: I welded MANY inches of junk metal before I became semi-halfassed OK…


Well here is my One Thing for Today… I was disappointed to find so much bondo around the soft top surround went I started to prepare to restore the outer top rim. (Foreshadowing of more to come no doubt” This time I went back to 18 gauge to form a patch panel. Also I think the heavier gauge allowed for more heat, better spot welds and a bead I formed all along the crest to grind down and restore it. All in all much better job than yesterday. Note tomorrow I still have a couple smaller patches to do before moving to the passenger side . On these types of repairs I also like to level them off with a thin layer of “All Metal “ before finishing.

Almost without exception, doing bodywork on these beasts is similar to trying to take the string off of a sugar sack, just a little bit at a time…:roll_eyes:

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Hi John,In another life I worked as an industrial mechanic/millwright,did quite a bit of welding.My advice is don’t try to do a continuous weld,do a pulse welding technique,where you join one tack to the other,the trick is in the timing,you keep the shield up to your face,as soon as the previous tack cools to a dull red you pulse the trigger merging one tack into the other.With practice full penetration can be achieved with almost Tig like appearance.
Regards Gerry 62 Ots Ontario Canada


Can you advise on a good starting setting for amps and feed for wire welding without gas?

This would be for the kind of guage steel on our cars.

I would skip the gasless wire feed welding: it’s really difficult to do, and it’s very hard to get satisfactory results.


Seen it done to excellent results.

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Perhaps by someone who has very good experience on it: I’ve never seen a newbie master a gasless fluxcore weld.

Suit yourself.