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hold the door
07-13-2009, 09:53 PM
i am welding the floor of my car, there was a large rust spot so i cut it out. the only problem is that it has many bends in the piece. so when i went to the metal fab shop the guy gave me a much thicker piece than i needed and will by very difficult to heat and bend. my friend suggested to cut were the bend is supposed to be and then angle it and weld it back together. can someone please tell me if the weld i make will be strong enough so that i don't have to ever fix it again?
07-13-2009, 11:57 PM
...can someone please tell me if the weld i make will be strong enough so that i don't have to ever fix it again?
That depends on how skilled you are...I am sure I could do it, and I say that as an example. I tell folks if you KNOW you can do the job...then do it...if you're not sure, then don't. However, this is not rocket science. I often cut to make a difficult bend and re-weld..it works for me. So I say try it, and you'll learn valuable lessons, and improve your skill, at the same time.
hold the door
07-14-2009, 10:42 AM
yea this is probably my second or thrid time welding and this is the frist time i've ever welded somthing as important as the floor of my car so iam not sure of my skill but i think ill try it
07-14-2009, 01:22 PM
Well, as has been stated in the other identical thread that you started in another area, it might. Depends on how well it is welded, which depends on your skillset, the equipment available, and the material used. How thick is the metal you have to bend? What kind of welder do you have access to? You already stated that you don't have a lot of experience, so I suspect that some practice is in order before you begin to make sparks. Where on the floor of the vehicle is it? Are the bends really necessary? Or could you weld it in flat and then weld a small piece of something to the top to give it strength? Maybe some pics would help?