Working on a little project the last couple weeks. (Check out my story to see one of the finished pieces 🎥)
But this post is to show off what I learned from this. The design called for a 1 1/4” ball to be welded to the end of a piece of 1” x .120 round 304 stainless. As some of you know about me, I’m still old school. I like to drive to a store and buy things, usually with stuff called “cash”. Google “cash” if you don’t know what it is... 😏
Problem is, there’s no 304 stainless ball store in this town. So, working off a tip from the guy at the specialty metals yard, I found myself at a pump shop that has stainless balls used in Ag pumps. Specifically, they had 440C stainless bearings in the size I needed. Now, I’m no metallurgists, but I know enough to know this wasn’t going to be easy. So, being the old school guy I am, I went down to the library and started reading some metallurgy books... Ha! Seriously, I do have Google. According to the google, you can tig weld 440 to 304 using 309 filler. And... there was some stuff about preheat and post heat and tempering or annealing and some other gibberish that is above my pay grade and capabilities. So naturally I ignored it and grabbed some 309 and went to work. Got the ball tacked in place and started running a bead.. that’s when I heard the “tink”... tink tink tink.. And then I had what is pictured above. FML. I knew it would happen. I just hoped that the laws of physics didn’t apply to people that ignored the gibberish. Luckily I had a backup plan and secret weapon. Silly B aka silicon bronze. FTW. I cut the cracked ball off and grabbed a new one. A little bit of low amp (low heat) and I flowed the silly b into the joint and to my joy, it stuck. 👍🏻 And it looks pretty ok 👌🏻
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The #SuperCobra and our work got another Magazine feature! This time in the May issue of Mustang Monthly with an awesome write up by Kyle Carraway. Check it out when you get a chance... #AudioIsMyLife#LISaudioKC
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Just putting my adult legos to use to make the start to a Mazdaspeed top mount turbo manifold. The @icengineworks blocks make it so much nicer lol. @w2fab can take care of you if your interested in them.