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Old 01-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #301
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #302
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OK, I gotta buy me a welder. That's just too cool for school.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:32 PM   #303
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That subframe looks amazing Luke...guess I know who I'll be bugging for welding now!
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:57 PM   #304
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OK, I gotta buy me a welder. That's just too cool for school.

If you're in the North Bay head up to the Santa Rosa JC. I took their first two basic welding classes, they were really good for making a foundation. Having someone watch you and help fix your mistakes makes things much easier.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:08 PM   #305
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If you're in the North Bay head up to the Santa Rosa JC. I took their first two basic welding classes, they were really good for making a foundation. Having someone watch you and help fix your mistakes makes things much easier.
Another resource we have here in the Bay is Tech Shop, and they are spreading across the country!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:56 PM   #306
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Cool, I might have to:)

I'm in Oakland, so Santa Rosa is a good hour away- not easy, what with full-time work and all that. But I might look into something local. I used to run oxy/acetylene back in high school, so I was thinking I'd just pick up a cheapo MIG and start melting metal until I get a feel for it. Then see what sort of edumacation I need to safely start chopping bikes together.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM   #307
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i want to see it run

Luke looks awesome trying to figure out how to make it down this year . I have been working on a bike for 2014 the bike I planned to take last year a 1987 Cagiva Elefant . but seeing your work there makes me want to modify a old Honda Interceptor I have .
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:49 AM   #308
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Cool, I might have to:)

I'm in Oakland, so Santa Rosa is a good hour away- not easy, what with full-time work and all that. But I might look into something local. I used to run oxy/acetylene back in high school, so I was thinking I'd just pick up a cheapo MIG and start melting metal until I get a feel for it. Then see what sort of edumacation I need to safely start chopping bikes together.
Once upon a time, I had Miller 220 Mig, a real workhorse and it made beautiful welds. The little 110 Snap-On (seen in some background pics) is the only wire-feed currently at the shop (but a 220 Mig is on our wish list), is much more difficult to work with, it's lack of power makes everything you do so much more critical; size of metal, cleanliness, v-ing weld joints, etc etc, not that these aren't important with any welder, but having ample power makes a huge difference. If you can manage a 220, I would definitely go that route.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:34 PM   #309
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The only welder on the farm for years was an old Forney stick welder my dad picked up at an auction. It works O.K. but,it's an antique compared with what's out there now. And it has some grounding problems , as in Shock the piss out of you if you touch what's being welded, sometimes.
I bought a little Miller 110 flux-core unit that I never really got to like though I had it for years. Then I picked up a Millermatic 250 for $700 at a farm auction.
Wow ! What a difference a decent machine makes !
With the 250 all my frustration falls away and I find that I can weld and have things hold up the first time rather than going back and doing it over until it clicks. And with the gas mig ,almost no wasted time cleaning up. Nice.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #310
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Man, I'd love a 220, but I only have 110 in my garage. :(

We'll see. I need to get a lot of other, more basic tools, first. Y'know, angle grinder, air compressor, things like that :P
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:29 PM   #311
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i have a LE 135 plus wich is 110 and with a good 12/3 cord it does amazing welds up to 3/8 thick steel .with a good preheat i can weld 1/2 in thick .
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Luke looks awesome trying to figure out how to make it down this year . I have been working on a bike for 2014 the bike I planned to take last year a 1987 Cagiva Elefant . but seeing your work there makes me want to modify a old Honda Interceptor I have .
You want to come and just chase, I think I can find a spot for you and can pick you up in San Diego. PM if you'd like more info!
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Luke looks awesome trying to figure out how to make it down this year . I have been working on a bike for 2014 the bike I planned to take last year a 1987 Cagiva Elefant . but seeing your work there makes me want to modify a old Honda Interceptor I have .
I hope you can make it, and I think an Elefant would be great down there. Any details on it?
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #314
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Hey Luke,

I thought you might have a special appreciation for this pic, from the Flat tracker and street tracker photos thread.

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Luke looks awesome trying to figure out how to make it down this year . I have been working on a bike for 2014 the bike I planned to take last year a 1987 Cagiva Elefant . but seeing your work there makes me want to modify a old Honda Interceptor I have .
I want to see you make another attempt with the SC500!!!
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