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Old April 18th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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Anybody try this stuff yet for aluminum.www.aluminum.com
I need to make a new window frame for the mini T.As well as some sort of fuel tank.Kevin
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Old April 19th, 2008, 03:02 AM   #2
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sorry about thst did not get all ths address in there www.aluminumrepair.com kevin
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Old April 19th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #3
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I have seen these things at the Dallas Swap Meet for years. Last time I broke down and purchased some. Have not used them. The welds the Guy did that I watched were REAL Good. He welded some Stuff on Soda and Beer Cans that were Tuff.

I have them in my Gonna See file.
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Old April 19th, 2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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My father bought something like that years ago and I have a few rods. never got to use them succesfully. Tried to once but I had no idea what I was doing. Will likely try again now that curiosity has kicked in.
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Old April 19th, 2008, 01:21 PM   #5
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interesting video on the site, didn't know thread repair could be done like that
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Old April 20th, 2008, 11:39 AM   #6
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what do you guys think about using this stuff to repair some cracks in a set of o.g. empi 5 spokes i have? i don't have a tig welder, nor do i know how to use one. i don't know if i want to pay somebody to "restore" these wheels but i also don't want to ruin them. they say wheel repair is no problem with this stuff.








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Old April 20th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #7
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I would have them welded by a profesional. Wouldn't chance wasting the wheels nor killing yourself if they should fail.

I know thats not what you wanted to hear but thats a safety issue and theres alot more stress in wheels then you would imagine.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 02:36 PM   #8
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no, it's not what i wanted to hear but it's what my instincts told me. for some reason, brazing wheels didn't seem like a great idea to me.






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Old April 20th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #9
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I was thinking it would work for a new window frame on my mini T the one thats on there now is in bad shape.And its not easy to find that can weld aluminum.In hillbilly hell and was look for a easy way out on the welding part.Kevin
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Old April 21st, 2008, 04:51 PM   #10
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as strong as it looks, i'd still be hesitant on structural stuff. hence my hesitation with the wheels. for trim and light duty stuff it looks awesome.






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Old April 22nd, 2008, 02:10 AM   #11
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I have used aluminum brazing rod at my work before but never got it to work very good. It came out looking like soild core mig welding without gas.
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 04:02 PM   #12
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Here's something I noticed with some of whats out there...

The guy doing at the local meet let me try it a few times, welding cans together, filling holes in thin sheet, and building up broken fins on a chunk of what looked to be transmission pan... He also asked this other guy if he'd try to pull the two welded cans apart while I held onto the other. The guy turned blue in the face trying the break the weld or pull away the can I had a grip on. I was rather impressed though still skeptical but I bought a $10 pack of sticks to try at home.
After all that, as soon as I tried it at home a few hours later it dropped off clean aluminum in balls of molten metal. I was trying all the exact same things I had done earlier with no luck, I even read the instructions of all things as a last resort. The only thing it would stick to was itself, so I melted some down and let it cool. The ingot that resulted I was able to weld the rod to or break it and make a nice looking repair to the crack.
The next time I was at a meet, I saw the same display, this time I watched the guy carefully to see what the heck I may have been doing wrong. What I did notice, was that all of his cans were old style designs or odd brands I never heard of. Also everything he made repairs on had a dirty look to it. I came to the conclusion that the samples are made of the same soft alloy. It sounds far fetched, but after seeing another guy melt into his casting repair demo with a propane torch I think its a scam.

My welding supplier told me he had actually heard the same thing before. He also gave me some that actually works from Crown Welding supplies. Its not the miricle that the other stuff is marketed as but it works with some practice. No repacement for welding but useful.
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