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Old 1 Week Ago   #41
 
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I'd 10:1 prefer to mix in a little helium instead of preheating, and WAY cheaper than upgrading machines. Set up second bottle of helium, post argon regulator, into a Y with a valve and backflow check valves, then just barely crack the helium valve--doesn't take much.

Are the ends of the tubing open on your frame? If not, drill a small hole in each tube and then weld hole when frame is cool. Blow outs suuuuuck.

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Also, if you can adjust the AC and DC on/off cycles on your machine, crank the DC way up (if the machine is a little short on whoompow). Welding at a higher frequency, if you can adjust, will focus your arc and sink heat a little deeper; I normally weld 6061 at 120-200.
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Test fit this weekend.
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Old 3 Days Ago   #44
 
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That's bad ass.
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Indeed, nice work.
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Nicely done!

Launch date goal?
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Nice looking frame! It appears your valves have already been moved so when the tubes are attached to the frame in the correct orientation the valves will be on the outside, bonus!

I helped tanderson replace/move his valves from one side to the other on one of his and patching holes/adding donuts for new valves on the inside of snout tubes is no joke.
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Thanks guys, it is coming along nicely. Plan is to get it on the water for a Cat Memorial day trip but I just went under contract to buy a house so if that goes through things will be up in the air until I can get my shop moved and set up.
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