This Old Welder...

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by commanlerwrangdo, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. Oct 23, 2017
    commanlerwrangdo

    commanlerwrangdo Member

    Cleveland, Ohio
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    My old welder machine, a Snap On YA212, suffered circuit boards death some years back. The tool guy tried to order boards for it, but they had obviously been superseded multiple times over the years (the machine was obsolete as far as Snap-On was concerned) so the boards just would not work correctly. One set made it turn on and feed as soon as it was plugged in, another just ran the internal fan and all else was dead, another ran the wire real slow and appeared to bypass the feed knob and the final tried one made it feed too fast, but at least with the trigger unlike the first board. So it just sat in my garage.
    A few years ago, I caught the same basic machine at an auction site for estate sales. So I went to the sale and scored the machine with a 265 bid. It came with 2 thirty pound rolls of wire and a full large sized Argon tank about half full, but lacked the cord to plug it in. Didn't care, I have a cord. I never really used the machine, just a quick zap to verify it worked, then it sat until I took it out to the shop/storage last year.
    My friend whom I split the shop/storage with is a Certified welder and I'm a self-taught welder but niether of us could get this machine "dialed in". We've been able to weld, but the aesthetics was lacking. Nowhere near pretty welds with this machine and it was quite frustrating.
    Well, Sunday he finally managed to get the welder dial in. He was fixing the frame horn on his new YJ I sold him over a year ago. Yes - it was sitting in my yard the whole time. I kept thinking to myself as he welded away while I wire-wheeled on my Willys PU frame was - 'love to hear him say he got the welder dialed in.' Well I reckon the real power of thought worked! He yelled over to me after playing around for 40 minutes - "Hey Hector, check this out we are flowing like butter."
    I asked where he was set at and he said dead even at 7 and 7. My old machine used to "default" at around 3 on the heat and 6 on the feed for most sheet metal and 4 and 7 respectively on frame stock steel or new exhaust pipes. Personally, I never had the settings match welding before. But that's what this machine likes, so be it! Was beginning to think it was a bad purchase. Turns out not so, hooray!
    Just in time too, since the PU frame is clean now and next step is fab and weld!
     
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  2. Oct 23, 2017
    Focker

    Focker Rust Never Sleeps Staff Member Sponsor

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    I love a good happy ending. (y)

    Pics of da butta?
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2017
    commanlerwrangdo

    commanlerwrangdo Member

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    Will do when he rolls the YJ by the shop again. He's gotta Xfer the title and plates.

    Wish I could remember the camera every time I head out to work on the Willys!

    Once the 49-53-69 Willys is under it's own power there are these 2 waiting decisions.

    Storage0827.JPG For now, the Mad-Max-looking PU should get the 62's .030 over Super Hurricane, the kind of engine it had originally. It can also get the plate steel homemade bed from the 62 as well. All fits in the Mad Max theme. That means the original thought of getting the pair on a trade to make one outta two is back on track. The white wagon, on the other hand should probably go on this wagon's fully operable chassis (except for a broken RF spring at the eye):

    Storage0826.JPG

    Fun part is, the current PU project is a whole new animal of it's own which manifested itself through deals on major components. 49 cab, 53 frame, 53 bed and the 69 Dauntless drivetrain outta my rust test Commando. Hence it'll be a 49-53-69 Willys Kaiser pickup!
     

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