Hi all. I am a novice welder with a Hobart handler 135. I am using gas and solid core wire. I spent several days practicing on relatively thick metal to get a decent bead down. The major problem I am having is welding the thick metal plates that came with my rollbar to the super-thin floorpans.
I am burning holes through the floorpan almost the second I am touching it with the torch!! I have managed to get 1 plate done, but I had to patch several holes I created as well. it was frustrating. I am using the lowest power setting (1 out of 4) and tried various wire speeds.
I am using .030 solid core wire.., is this too heavy?? I did some reading last night and it appears several guys doing VW restores are using .023 or .024 wire. Can this really make such a difference, or are floorpans just very difficult to work with?
Any advice or opinions would be appreciated.
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