You Reading This: Stop
Don't just stay tangled up in your life.
Out there in some river or cave where you
could have been, some absolute, lonely
dawn may arrive and begin the story
that means what everything is about...
William Stafford 1914-1993
one person pointed out that for an older person's hands they are a PITA though.
you basically just need your and your buddy's batteries temporarily out of the vehicle, and if you have a third it's even easier to strike and hold and arc, especially on poorly prepped metal. you connect the batteries in series, and run a positive ground.
this guy covers all the basics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tHJ0NSjZnM
i talked with a guy at one of the large welding supply shops a while back about what rod to get for general emergency trail repair, and he sold me 3/32" 6010 rod....
reasons he gave for this rod:
- mainly it's one of the easiest rods to make a decent weld with
- easy to strike an arc with
- can be used in any position
- fast freezing
- they burn pretty hot so you can work fast and they will give you good penetration even with oily or rusty metal
- less slag / cleaner than many others
- plenty of strength for a just a temporary trail repair
- you can cut with them if you had to (move slow with 3 batteries or 4)
6010 vs 6011:
- 6010 is specifically for DC welding (which is what we are doing with a car battery)
- 6010 welds slightly smoother and easier
- 6010 slag chips off easier
- good all purpose compromise for the different thicknesses of metal you might encounter on the jeep
- should work fine with only 2 batteries (24v) if you don't happen to have 3 (36v) handy
for my setup, i used some quick-clamps from autozone for the battery connects: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...Clamp/_/N-25nk
then, if you search ebay for "welding lead" and sort by price-lowest-first, you'll see several people selling different universal arc welding leads with a rod holder and ground clamp already on them. i found this cheaper than buying bulk wire and a separate holder/clamps.
i bought a fairly long set with 4 gauge wire and cut some off one end of each line to make the 2 jumpers for the batteries (so i can run 2 or 3 batteries depending on the metal thickness or prep). then some nice shrink wrap on the connections.
then you need some rods in a water/humidity proof container, and some goggles. throw all that in a bag and keep it in your rig for emergencies, doesn't take up much space, i think my bag is 12" by 12" by 2" or so.
my friend George (Number7 on here) has a similar set i think already made up for sale, PM him for details.
he had success with 2 batteries and 1/16" 6013 rod:
he even tried coat hanger and bailing wire as rod and said bailing wire could be used in a real serious pinch if you had to.
anyway, you can make do with some jumper cables, but it's nice to have a dedicated setup ready to go considering it doesn't take much time or money to make one. George has already used his twice now to save people from some serious "how the hell do we get this off the trail" type situations.
we also both carry a few different sizes/thicknesses of scrap steel in our rigs for use with this to splint or repair areas that break.
UPDATE: i replace my previous dedicated welding kit with a new modular jumper-cable & battery welding setup: http://offroadpassport.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3114
Last edited by theksmith; 10-28-2013 at 08:19 AM.
Lots of great ideas here...thanks everyone.
1997 Defender 110 300TDI
thanks for the info, smith
2004 toyota sequoia, to keep the wife happy
2000 chevy tahoe NBS, 5.3, keys & spacers, bilstein 5100's, 285 AT's
1989 4-runner; 3" BL, 255/85 bighorns on '09 taco steelies, 5.29's, rear spool, cobra 25, hella 500's w/more to come
1995 geo tracker, leveled, 31" GY MTR's, no top.
Years ago I polled several lists for what rod people carried. 6010 came in second, 7014 (I *think*) came in first. Reasoning was essentially the same rod in the way it performed, but 70 ksi strength vs. 60 ksi strength.
Huntsman offers a leather welding helmet that works over a baseball cap and uses the cap's bill for support. Nice in that it folds flat, yet still offers full face shielding.
I used to swerve around my hallucinations, now I drive right through them.
I love the pelican case. with the camera insert.
I have gone to using rolls and bags its been easier for me to keep them organised and pack smaller.
I made this wrench role a couple weeks ago.
Blog post about it.
Wow, you should make those to sell!
1988 Unimog U1700AG
Thanks, I have thought about selling it . But pricing a leather tool roll has been hard for me. Making it in the US on a small scale and being competitive with other roles made off shore. Seems like we would be priced out of the market. But you never know.
You would be surprised what people will pay for quality goods.
Here's the tool roll my wife made me.
1988 Unimog U1700AG