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Old 11-05-2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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welding steel to cast

anyone know how to weld steel to a diff. Know any good write ups or tips. Im gonna start practicing on my old axles as soon i get some info. thanks

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Old 11-05-2007, 04:55 AM   #2
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Pretty sure you need nickle rod

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Old 11-05-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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ive heard high nickel rod. also, (all here-say) i heard the tubes are cast steel ,and a 7018 rod works fine.
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you can use nickel rod or a stainless steel rod if its cast iron to steel if it is cast steel use 7018HR
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:35 PM   #5
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any different in preparing the metal or welding patterns? (any specific motion of the rod)
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:37 PM   #6
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Nickel rod and also heat up the cast a little bit first.

(I'm going to move this to General to get you more tips).
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:47 PM   #7
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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Here's a quick question in line with the thread...

Is there something out there that you can practice on that shares similar properties as a diff? Meaning, can I grab a cast iron skillet or something and practice welding on it before screwing up the final project?
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:10 AM   #9
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he said he will practice on his old axles if thats what you mean.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:19 PM   #10
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no, thinking more general than that for those that may not have spare stuff laying around...
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:17 PM   #11
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Preheat, weld with a high- nickel rod, and the mnost important part:

slow controlled cooling over a prolonged period of time.
Welding to cast is always pretty iffy by nature, why not make a bridge over your diff to get a stronger base metal?

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