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Old 12-28-2008, 09:41 PM
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I have been asked many questions lately by people what wanted to fab their own stuff, so I am going to start a series of posts to try and help the DIYer. These posts will cover where to get material, what material to use, as well as some basic pointers to get started building your own stuff. I will go into the basics and maybe even do a how to on building a boost tube. I'm not going to do a write up on how to build headers. Several people have asked me this but the point remains the same. If you are begining headers are the worng project to start with. They are one of the most dificult projects to take on and it would be a full time job just trying to type up how to build them.

Feel free to ask lots of question, that is what I'm doing this for. I get assaulted with questions all them time. I just want to try doing it in public so I don't have to answer the same question 10 times for 10 different people.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:21 PM
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So, I am a newbie to fabrication and want to build some headers. What kind of welding rod do I need to purchase? Will 1/8th 6010 work?
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So, I am a newbie to fabrication and want to build some headers. What kind of welding rod do I need to purchase? Will 1/8th 6010 work?
Yes but for SS I would recomend 5/32 5P+

Edit: You would be better off buying a bottle of booze
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SWEET! Will be cool to follow along.

On the header note... have you seen the new Bend Tech HD software? Header design.
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SWEET! Will be cool to follow along.

On the header note... have you seen the new Bend Tech HD software? Header design.
I have heard of it as well as other programs, and discused it with the "best header builder I have ever seen" and he belives it to be a joke. He is known for building super nice headers that put out top power. It is not uncommon for him to build headers for cars that already have headers that cost over 4G that were computer designed and his make more power. All he said he needs is the car, displacement, hp, rpm, and if it has N2O. He says all the stuff about wanting to know your cam, head flow and what not is BS.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:33 PM
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Edit: You would be better off buying a bottle of booze
I think this is the first step in the motivational course called "How to be a better welder"!!
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I think this is the first step in the motivational course called "How to be a better welder"!!
You are correct, but welding is only a small portion of fabrication
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Fabrication ain't $H!T if you can't make it stick!!
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Fabrication ain't $H!T if you can't make it stick!!
Thats why they have Liquid Nails, for people like you JK
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How about.... "How to not cut your fingers off using a chop saw"

I love Fab work! Live for it, if i could find a decent job doing it i would! That said I need to kick this POS old Miller touch-start out the door and get a real TIG! Also on the wish list...cold saw, horizontal and vertical band saw, nice sander, damn this is an un-finishable list
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How about.... "How to not cut your fingers off using a chop saw"

I love Fab work! Live for it, if i could find a decent job doing it i would! That said I need to kick this POS old Miller touch-start out the door and get a real TIG! Also on the wish list...cold saw, horizontal and vertical band saw, nice sander, damn this is an un-finishable list
I used a scratch start tig for years. Just sux trying to crater out
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I used a scratch start tig for years. Just sux trying to crater out
Ya, i've had to use alot of self-restraint from grabing a floor-jack handle and beatin the tar out of this thing! Call me spoiled but i learned to tig with Lincoln tigs and I love them!
And furthermore, the fully loaded Precision Tig-375Pro with advanced control panel, water-cooled torch, etc. Ya, Ima spoiled sucker for that machine!
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Ya, i've had to use alot of self-restraint from grabing a floor-jack handle and beatin the tar out of this thing! Call me spoiled but i learned to tig with Lincoln tigs and I love them!
And furthermore, the fully loaded Precision Tig-375Pro with advanced control panel, water-cooled torch, etc. Ya, Ima spoiled sucker for that machine!
I have a Lincoln and a Miller. for a nice tig I perfer the Miller, more bells and whistles
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Cool, DYI-

So after you get it made and installed who can we take it to to get it reproduced, in Mandrel?

I made it know i want a Pro to make it better? Know what i mean?
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I used a scratch start tig for years. Just sux trying to crater out
Hey, guess what happens when you try to do a high frequency start with the ground clamp removed???? It makes the arc from the TIG torch to the metal & through the table back to my arm... shocked the f**k out of me.

I'll remember not to do that again, although it is sort of funny now.
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