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I've got a 92 YJ that needs tub and some general patching work. They'll charge outrageous prices if I take it to a shop. Does anyone know any good welders around the Terre Haute, IN area? The closer the better but it doesn't matter!
 

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Post up some pics of what you are talking about.....IMO some of these things yeah you could buy a welder and do yourself.....but some things like frame, axle mounts, shock mounts etc. should be done by a more experienced person. A weld may look good to an inexperienced eye but "break" the first time it is stressed. That wouldn't be as critical say if it was a patch job on rust spot on the tub, but if it happened to be on the frame or where the frame twists/ flexes, or shocks/ springs mount....totally different situation.

I do know a couple up this way that are familiar Jeeps and IN rust issues...can get phone numbers if needed and will PM them to you...however unless you have a good way to transport or family up this way (dual purpose trip) by the time you bring it here and come back and pick it up...may be more costly than paying down there to get it done.
 

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I've got a 92 YJ that needs tub and some general patching work. They'll charge outrageous prices if I take it to a shop. Does anyone know any good welders around the Terre Haute, IN area? The closer the better but it doesn't matter!
anytime you think prices are too high for anything such as welding,painting or mechanic work then just buy the equipment and learn to do it yourself..one of two things will happen.either you will learn to do something and save yourself some money or you will learn that perhaps they are not charging to much.acquiring all the equipment can be expensive and spending the time to be really proficient at a skilled trade is very valuable
 

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I concur with harleydragon. 10 years ago in high school I had an 89 Cherokee, and my stepfather being a owner/operator trucker, I got to learn a lot of mechanics. 9 years in the infantry, being foot mobile, and constantly deploying, I lost those skills. This forum, a Hanes manual, and a 97 Wrangler has helped me learn a lot of skills I didn't previously have. Contemplating getting some welding gear myself. If you have the equipment and teach yourself the skill, it might pay for itself in money saved long run, and you could always make a few bucks moonlighting for your buddies, craigslist, etc.
 

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You can find decent deals on welders, start collecting scrap metal to practice on and definatly learn using gas shielding, it's cheap and lasts a long time, a 'Q' sized bottle of Co2/Argon 75/25 will last about 10 hours of welding, several spools of wire. These days you can get a quality welder brand new, I found this Hobart 130 on Amazon for $330, that is about half what a welding supply store would charge you.

Take some time to practice and remember that the internet, youtube, and practice are all your freinds, then you'll see how many of your friends suddenly need stuff welded.
 

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you can buy a little lincoln flux core welder for less than 300 and not even need any gas.it is good for anything up to 1/8 inch.I have one that I use for body work,exhaust,etc. and use my big hobart stick welder for bigger stuff
 

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I picked up a lincoln 220 welder off craigs list, for about half retail. I built my own driveway gate and saved myself about 4k. I just finished up an M416 build that I never could have done without the welder. I've made numerous bumpers and brackets. So, I agree with Harleydragon, buy a welder, an Angle grinder, a stack of cut off wheels and learn to do it yourself.
 

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Always wanted to learn to Weld !
Think it's time !
Any good tips as far as getting started ?
1. Buy a welder, preferably mig.
2. Start welding.
If you're burning holes in your material, turn it down. If you're not getting full penetration, turn it up. After you weld something together, try to break it loose with a hammer. If it holds together, you're doing it right.
 

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When you first start, your going to make some ugly, lumpy welds, that doesn't make them bad, just ugly.

Be ready to do a lot of grinding.

Wire wheels are a necessity, clean bare metal is what you want to weld, get rid of as much surface rust and all paint as you can.

Use a shielding gas, yes, it costs a little more, very little, but keeps the splatter to a minimum and helps you keep welds nice and clean and makes lines you can be proud of and therefore you won't get discouraged as quickly.

Scrap metal is your friend! Buy some pieces of scrap or where ever you find it, get some scrap, weld them together, if you can't break it apart with a hammer then grind the weld down until the weld is gone and the metal is flat, this will show you the penetration and if there is any porousness in the weld.

Youtube is certainly a good tool, there are about a thousand good videos on welding out there and a ton that give good advice on gun patterns, speed and technique.

Welding isn't difficult, it just takes practice, the more practice the better you'll get.
 

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Always wanted to learn to Weld !
Think it's time !
Any good tips as far as getting started ?
especially for someone just learning,I would recommend going with a flux core mig welder for several reasons..it is inexpensive to buy and to operate,it is simple to set and to move around from job to job,it doesn't have a shield in the way to block your vision of what you are doing.When I taught welding that is what I started my students on with great success.once you perfect that,then you could move on to shielded gas mig if you desired but really the only benefit that it has is a little less splatter or move up to stick welding which is harder to do but is the shit in my book for welding big stuff.just don't give up if at first your welds look like shit,just try different technics and you will find what works for you
 

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Thanks ! Good advise. I'm working on gathering up some scrap and I think I just found a welder to try out through a friend. Can't wait. I'll post some pics when I get some stuff together. Thanks again !
 
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