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Old June 12th, 2005, 01:59 AM   #1
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Just heard from a customer last night about his Volksrod project.

We sold him a '71 Beetle and a beam extender kit and he was going to tackle the roof chop himself , at home with his dads help.

Having decided to remove the headlining and seats but figured he was going to replace carpets etc so it didn't matter , he starts...........to cut a long story short , after the Fire Brigade left the car was deemed a total loss !

Car has now been scrapped , customer and his dad are ok but very shaken up by it all , only non car casualty was their garden fence !! (luckily , they were outside doing the work)

Theres been quite a few people on here recently , talking about tackling their own roof chops and I know its common sense , but keep an extinguisher handy or any other means of extinguishing , bucket of water etc. , damp cloths on hand are a good idea too(we use damp cloths for cooling welds sometimes anyhow) and strip EVERYTHING out before you start...

This story could have had a far worse outcome , that doesn't even bear thinking about !!



Good News: The beam extender kit survived and they are looking for another car to fit it too !!!
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Old June 12th, 2005, 05:01 AM   #2
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Thanks for the reminder. Not everyone knows to strip the interior before doing welding work. There's foam inside the C pillar too that you maybe cautious about also.

Lucky for me there's nothing flammable around or inside my poject... besides the bondo on the car
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Old June 12th, 2005, 05:17 AM   #3
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Hope there was'nt a naked girl on that fence.
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Old June 12th, 2005, 06:52 AM   #4
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There's foam inside the C pillar too that you maybe cautious about also.
Good point because that stuff is toxic when set alight...

It's not a bad idea to wear a paper filter mask or something when working in that area on the rear pillars , cos it can't be good for you !!
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Old June 12th, 2005, 07:33 AM   #5
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Hope there was'nt a naked girl on that fence.

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Old June 12th, 2005, 10:00 AM   #6
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been ther
welding away
minding my own
gee its very warm


FUCK!!!FIRE!!!

the old seam sealer in the old panel joins
caught in time and put out

and me a fireman!!!!!!!!!
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Old June 12th, 2005, 04:12 PM   #7
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yeah, I learned to have a bucket of water handy. Beer will not always do the trick. A beer did save me last weekend though cause I forgot to grab a bucket of water. all that shit that comes out of the seat (horse hair or sumthin') VERY FLAMABLE!!!!
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Old June 12th, 2005, 04:44 PM   #8
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first rule of welding..................... remove "all" combustibles.............also you see alot of these projects being done in an already crowded garage...............with all sorts of materials and items stored within a few feet .................migs are notorious for slinging the splatter balls i.e. perfect fire starters..................being safe today to hotrod tomorrow.................
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Old June 12th, 2005, 10:34 PM   #9
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I had a friend who was welding on his car and managed to catch his pants on fire....funniest thing I had seen in a LONG time...watching him run around dancing trying to put out the flames :)
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Old June 13th, 2005, 12:32 AM   #10
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ya i make sure there is no gas or anything flameable around or vehicles before i try and weld.when i gotta weld my dash vents shut i gotta move ALL of the wiring out of the way because i would like to have a running car
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Old June 13th, 2005, 05:03 AM   #11
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Not to mention what the weld spatter does to glass!

Did ALL that stuff except the total loss one. I also learned that when the humidity is low, which is rare on Long Island where I live, it is REAL EASY to start the fire! I'm not as worried so much about the car as I am about the shrubs and the garage itself! Really embarassing...

Now, someone start a thread about removing the gas tank while it's still full of gas...
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Old June 13th, 2005, 05:11 AM   #12
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Ah yes, glass. Forgot about that one. Weld splatter will burn holes through glass easily. Cover (with a welding blanket, $15 cheap at Harbor Freight) or remove any close by glass you want to reuse.
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Old June 13th, 2005, 10:39 AM   #13
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hehe once i was sittign indian style behind my old golf trying to weld up a hole and all of a sudden i was like "hmm, that's an awful warm draft.. oh shit!" hehe, i'd set the leg of my pants on fire. it wasn't more than i was able to pat out but still.. cover up your frayed jeans!
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Old July 28th, 2005, 11:41 AM   #14
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Another thing....................Never stop welding and just call it a night. Stay for a while just in case a hot one crawled off and is waiting for you to go to bed to light things up.
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Another thing....................Never stop welding and just call it a night. Stay for a while just in case a hot one crawled off and is waiting for you to go to bed to light things up.
The old 2 hour rule.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 08:23 AM   #16
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Some good advice here - thanks.

The indian-style pants on fire thing i thought was just normal operation. Got the shield down and a respirator on and once you smell the smoke you're already fairly toasty... just pat it out with the big leather gloves and keep going. Bought a 2$ king size sheet and use that to catch fire instead of my pants.

I do have to remember to stop wearing low-cut shoes to weld, pants ride up just enough sitting indian style where the dripping melted metal can burn perfectly through think socks right into the ankle. I have cool designs now on the inside of both ankles - ....just waiting for the lockjaw
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