I just wanted to introduce myself, I am a welder by trade and I teach welding at our local Technical College. My interests spread across the full spectrum of welding, possesses, metals, construction, fabrication and ship building. Buying new machines all the time and I always like to read others opinions before buying. The vendors always have an opinion but in some cases & perhaps most, they aren't welders and they only know what they know. I am especially interested in hot rod, and bike (chopper) fabrication. I have a chopper project that I am currently working on and solving problems seems to be part of the process. I'm hoping to find others with similar projects to share ideas and solutions with. Thanks for allowing me to join this forum, I look forward to checking in from time to time and see what’s new.
Parkerwelds - Hi from Maryland - Welcome to the forum. You will find a ton of great information here! I enjoy working on antique cars and wanted to improve and expand on my welding. I have one more class in Basic Welding at the CC here and have signed up for the advanced welding class.The fact that you teach these classes, from my point of view they are great! I have gotten a great start from them. This forum has also been a tremendous help. Looking forward to your input also.
Working on antique cars can be fun, and challenging. I know on some restorations they try to duplicate the welds exactly...so if the original welds are aluminum OAW, they use the same process, even though they have a TIG machine sitting there. Anyway, I think you're doing the right thing going to your local CC, there is so much to learn, and trying to go it alone isn't something I recommend.
Do you have any project cars in the shop now?