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Old 06-12-2005, 09:46 AM   #1
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Welding / welder recommendation?

I need a rear subframe fabricated for my /5. Nothing exotic, and I could prolly do it myself but as it is going to hold the rear of my bike (and me) up I figure I'll find someone that knows what they are doing.

Any recommendations for a welder that won't rape me, pricewise?
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Old 06-12-2005, 05:29 PM   #2
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I need a rear subframe fabricated for my /5. Nothing exotic, and I could prolly do it myself but as it is going to hold the rear of my bike (and me) up I figure I'll find someone that knows what they are doing.

Any recommendations for a welder that won't rape me, pricewise?
Talk to Mike E on the BMWBMW Forum. He has a friend who does welding for a reasonable price.

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Old 06-12-2005, 08:03 PM   #3
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If you have the parts and a drawing showing how you want them welded I can have it done for free by someone who knows what they are doing.
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:10 PM   #4
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If you have the parts and a drawing showing how you want them welded I can have it done for free by someone who knows what they are doing.
You know not what you are offering!

By the way, where is Bland, VA?

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Old 06-12-2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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You know not what you are offering!

By the way, where is Bland, VA?

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Well within reason anyways

It's in the middle of Tazewell / Wytheville / Bluefield and lives up to it's name.
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:10 AM   #6
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If you have the parts and a drawing showing how you want them welded I can have it done for free by someone who knows what they are doing.
I can point and explain, but detailed drawings might be tough. I have a copy of AutoCAD somewhere - I'll see if I can find it and get what I need put together. Whether I succeed or not, though, thanks for the offer!
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:05 AM   #7
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I can point and explain, but detailed drawings might be tough. I have a copy of AutoCAD somewhere - I'll see if I can find it and get what I need put together. Whether I succeed or not, though, thanks for the offer!
A hand drawing would probably do it if you can mark the pieces, you know the old Insert Tab A into Slot B kinda thing. Anytime, just one of the benifits of working at a place with a full metal/weld shop.
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Old 06-14-2005, 04:33 PM   #8
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PM 2ndspace. He knows a bunch of HD ridin redneck guys that have a welding shop on the north side of Woodbridge. I took the trailer down there at his recommendation and they did some neat shit, for less than I expected in a day. Don't know the name, only how to ride there.

Warning, get there before three, thats when the beer comes out - these guys are cool
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My tack has changed. It turns out my father has a wire welder he doesn't use. I'm going borrow it to do this project myself to get comfortable with the welder so I can move on to making a complete motorcycle frame.
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Old 07-01-2005, 05:42 AM   #10
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My tack has changed. It turns out my father has a wire welder he doesn't use. I'm going borrow it to do this project myself to get comfortable with the welder so I can move on to making a complete motorcycle frame.
So, you changing your name to Paul Teutel then?

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I'm in the process of acquiring the parts needed to build a furnace that will melt aluminum (and brass and iron), and allow me to cast engine parts (up to heads and cylinders). I might as well spin up my welding skills. Parts for prewar BMWs are hard to find, and are even more expensive. To the degree I can fabricate parts for less than I'd pay for them ...
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Old 07-04-2005, 06:42 PM   #12
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I'm in the process of acquiring the parts needed to build a furnace that will melt aluminum (and brass and iron), and allow me to cast engine parts (up to heads and cylinders). I might as well spin up my welding skills. Parts for prewar BMWs are hard to find, and are even more expensive. To the degree I can fabricate parts for less than I'd pay for them ...
Any chance you have site of pictures of furnace for melting? I do all the welding and fab.But would never try casting aluminum myself .What would the alloys and tempers be from melted scrap?
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Old 07-04-2005, 07:08 PM   #13
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There are a huge number of hobbiest metalworking sites. I found one where the guy casts parts for a Bonneville bike, so clearly it's possible to make high stress engine parts. Here's just a few of the sites I've found:

http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/
http://l.webring.com/hub?ring=hobbyfoundry
http://users.moscow.com/oiseming/lc_ant_p/lnk_mtal.htm

I'm going to build mine in the next month or two. I'll post the results here.
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