Originally Posted by FannBlade
Metal work is like anything else you just need to jump in and work at it. The main problem with thin metals is understanding how the metal is going to react to the heat, It will shrink or expand depending on the stress its placed under.
When welding thin stock like 18 gauge you cannot make solid long weld you basically have to make a ton of spot welds or very small stitch weld to control the warping and of course have a body hammer and dolly near by. When welding panel to a vehicle its imperative that it's welded solid with no pin holes, now on my case I just made welds every inch or so because I knew i wouldn't be exposed to the elements. If you saw the pics of panels on the 51 Chevy I did It's like one of those TV shows panels welded-then in prime-then painted EASY! I had that car for almost 2 yrs. I would imagine I have 50-60 hours in each rear quarter panel and I was able to purchase panel for them but the rocker panels,rear trunk panel I had to make from sheet stock. So watch some vids and give it a go. Whew I could talk about this all day! Ask me about speakers and will give you a funny look...."I dunno if they cost more they must sound better".
I forgot to say anything about the Mobo screws. I'm glad someone noticed. I really wanted to use those on all my rad grills but just couldn't find them locally and one place said they could order them but wanted $70 for 100 pack in stainless (I have to draw the line somewhere). Yes I'm a big fan of High End auto paint I probably blasted through $300 worth of paint if I include the repaint. The clears I use are VERY durable and very expensive but will hold a gloss for years. But believe it or not I sprayed this with an cheap paint gun I got from Harbor Freight I think It was $20...makes me wonder why I spend $400-$500 on my high end guns hell I paid $300 for my airbrush. Crap here I go again rambling about painting.
I hate prep work but sure love the the reactions when I'm done!!
Thanks again for the kind words
lol balancing out my hobbies is going to be really hard.
speaker building/ amp assemblies with random diy projects
socializing with friends and meeting new people
bmx biking used to be one but i no longer have the drive as much or time for it
i'd like to start dj'ing some time and see if i am even capable of that
some time i need to pick my guitar back up and learn further, it's and ibanez gio gax75 which my brother has at his marine base.
ghetto rigging random things
need to go to grav mcgraw classes some time soon
hmm... not enough time to do all this crap. no idea how ill manage to keep my hobbies with a full time job, then i plan on going to school and whatnot very soon for speaker engineering. why the hell am i looking to pick up even more hobbies to fill time i dont even have with? lol.