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    Thanks for the info. I was just curious if we did it correctly. We pretty much did it the same way.
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    So we're either both right or both wrong..
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    I'm sure you're right and we were just lucky. Haha
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to post this. I struggle with the smallest of rust repairs, and then see such a major repair done so well that it leaves me shaking my head. Posts like these encourages me to do more than I think I'm capable of. Thanks again.
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    I'm just glad I'm so slow. Some of what you're seeing I wasn't capable of two years ago....


    Well after a week in FL, time to get back in the shop.. I wasn't totally pleased with the .023 EZ grind, but in all fairness I think some of the issue is my welder. It never has been too keen on .023 wire, so looks like my BIL is going to get a new roll of wire for his Hobart.

    Put the .035 ER70S-7 back in, dialed in the settings for 3/16 thick steel, and ran some test welds...





    Front side....








    Rear side....





    Comparing the EZ grind to the -7 shows less splatter...








    The roof cross member made part of the weld seam inaccessible, so it was removed on one end for planishing access...











    Welds ground down to just above panel surface...





    Our planishing implements this evening.... Low crown hammer and used the Pexto blocking hammer as a dolly...











    This shows the weld dots planished....








    Full penetration welds.....





    Weld, planish, grind, repeat.





    We're about halfway done, hope to finish it up tomorrow...


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    Fantastic detail and explanation, thank you!
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    So the "EZ" wire......... wasn't.. thanks for the heads up, it looks like the weld wasn't bad, just messy and you ended up with a bit larger puddle. Is that a fair statement?

    As always the pictures make the repair look great. And thanks for sharing the info as always!

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    Robert,
    One thing I enjoy about your posts is that you take time to mention the details of setup, like here showing that when you changed back to the -7 wire you took time to run a test panel to "dial in" the welder. My "slam bam" approach is to install the spool, get it into the gun, start welding and adjust as I go which means the first few spots are not near as good, and often I'm finishing by the time I've got the welder "dialed in". You're posts are great teaching posts, and I thank you because I am one who enjoys the ever continuing learning process and improving techniques. The day that I think I know everything is the day I'd better find the dunce hat! Thanks for the lesson on perfection in process.
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    Roger, it's a continual learning curve for all of us.. Believe me! On the welder setup, I normally have it pretty well dialed in from using the same stuff all the time, but I wanted to try the -7 again on a higher heat setting to try the difference. Never hurts to practice on some scraps to save any "aw fudges" on the good stuff..

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    So the "EZ" wire......... wasn't.. thanks for the heads up, it looks like the weld wasn't bad, just messy and you ended up with a bit larger puddle. Is that a fair statement?

    As always the pictures make the repair look great. And thanks for sharing the info as always!

    It's hard to place all the blame on the wire alone, as my welder has too large a liner for the .023 wire, where it tends to accordion, if you will. If you were to pull the wire at the end and trim it, then the machine has to fill the voids side to side before effectively pushing the wire out the end again. This is something I've known with my welder but was trying to minimize any heat on the roof panel. Comparatively, I'd say they are similar in flatness of weld, softness of weld, and the only difference being the slight extra splatter with the EZ. If someone has a smaller welder with the smaller liner, they would likely have better results than with the 25+ year old beast that I'm using. With either, I'd say you'll have better results than with the harder welds of the -6 wire. I never gave it much thought until someone asked the question of shrinking effects on the allmetalshaping site, but comparing both of the -7 and EZ to the -6 wire, I think the -7 and EZ may have slightly less shrinking effects as well. This may attribute to the harder weld of the -6 is "compressing" more than the other two.. Just a guess, I'm certainly no metallurgist to speak fluently on the matter...
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    Great info, thanks again!

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    May I ask why you prefer using a mig welder and not a tig ? I realize the tig would be slower but you wouldn't need to do all the grinding etc. and I always was lead to believe mig welds are too hard to hammer and file compared to the tig welds. I too admire your work though and one thing I have learnt from you is I'm too darn impatient and not prepared to weld slowly.
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    You get used to something and you get reluctant to change. I will say that ER70S-6 does indeed have a harder weld, the -7 and the EZ grind aren't as bad, pretty comparable to the Tig really. I did recently do a test piece using Tig and fusion welding, but just aren't that comfortable yet to jump on the car roof with it. Something on the welding table is one thing, I guess I need to take a week and practice up!

    Here's the sample I did:


    Fusion welding:

    This takes me a bit out of my comfort zone, as I normally pick up the MIG, but here we go. Separate halves tacked together:



    Note the lack of/minimal amount of HAZ around the tacks. This was accomplished by held farther away from the panel, you see more blue HAZ surrounding the tack. Here holding the electrode as close as you can without touching and using a quick zap. If held farther away from the panel, you see more blue HAZ surrounding the tack. Here is the fusion weld, no filler added.






    Back side.....




    Then, using this anvil to planish out the weld and HAZ:




    Results in this:

    Front



    Back



    Nice and flat, no grinding required (in this case)






    This method requires having an absolute tight joint, so fitment will be more time consuming, but just imagine all the time just saved over dressing out a MIG weld...


    The little bit of undercutting on the back side is from just a bit too much heat, which is controlled by increasing the speed at which the torch is moving.
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    Well this evening was a short night, back to the day job tomorrow, so we'll have to call it early. Did get the bulk of the welding done. planished, and started to dress the welds. This will still need some final metal bumping, but I like this much better already!














    Sorry I didn't have as many in-process pictures, got in a rush this evening....until next time..
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    Nice job,Robert.. love looking at your work.. I have had enough experience at doing rebuilds,,but,, I tend to get a little bit slap happy,sometimes..i then end up spending too much time dressing things up.. hmmm....
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    Great work as always! Goes to one of my favorite sayings I learned from my Dad, "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it."
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