Weld Like a Pro: Beginning to Advanced Techniques

Weld Like a Pro: Beginning to Advanced Techniques

by Gerald Uttrachi

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Welding is an art and skill that's essential for automotive fabrication, repair, and vehicle upgrades. It is also an important skill for countless household projects and industries. Some books show basic welding techniques with steel and cast iron. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill introductory welding book.

In this revised edition of the previous title, Advanced Automotive Welding, Jerry Uttrachi, past president of the American Welding Society, shows you how to perform basic welding procedures with steel and cast iron. He also reveals advanced welding techniques and the use of aluminum, titanium, magnesium, stainless steel, and other specialty materials. Projects and techniques focus on automotive applications but they can also be used for welding a bicycle frame, a steel grill, and other everyday fixes.

TIG, oxyacetylene, arc, and wire-feed welding processes are detailed, with special coverage on stick and MIG processes. Welding butt and V-joints is explained as well as welding more complex joints, including J- and U-joints. Step-by-step instruction gives you the necessary information to tackle and complete almost any welding job. Popular automotive projects, such as welding an electric fuel pump into an aluminum tank, repairing chrome-moly suspension arms, and welding in floorpans are thoroughly covered. And when it comes to repairing household items, specific projects such as repairing and modifying the steel tubing on an exercise machine, repairing the frame for a decorative bench, and more are covered.

Whether you're new to welding, a veteran weldor working with special materials, or involved in a special project, you will find indispensible information within the pages of this book.
This book is a 2015 International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) Silver Medal Winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613252215
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 177,849
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jerry Uttrachi has served as vice president of the American Welding Society. He is an avid car guy and has built his own '34 Ford hot rod. He is president of WA Technology, LLC. Uttrachi holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering as well as a master of science degree in management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 4

Chapter 1: Welding Processes and Equipment 7
Oxyacetylene Welding 7
TIG Welding 8
Stick Welding 9
MIG Welding 10
Oxyfuel Cutting 10
Plasma Cutting 11

Chapter 2: Joint Types 12
Butt Joints 12
Tubular Structural Joints 15
Weld Types 16

Chapter 3: Oxyacetylene Welding 17
Equipment 18
Purchasing Oxyfuel Equipment 23
Projects and Applications 25
Project: Welding Plate Practice 25
Project: Welding Pipe Practice 28
Application: Oxyacetylene Welding Cast Iron 30

Chapter 4: TIG Welding 31
Power Options 31
Torch Position 34
Equipment 35
Purchasing TIG Equipment 45
Selecting TIG Rod 46
Stiffness versus Diameter 53
Heat-Affected Zone 54
Projects and Applications 55
Project: Making a Taillight Bracket 55
Application: Tubing Intersections 56
Application: Stainless-Steel Gas Tanks 59
Project: Making a Stainless Exhaust System 61
Application: Exhaust System 62
Project: Repairing Aluminum Cylinder Heads 63
Application: TIG Welding Titanium 66
Application: TIG Welding Magnesium 68

Chapter 5: Stick Welding 69
Electrodes 70
Equipment 70
Purchasing Stick Power 72
Filler Metals 72
Learning Stick Welding 74

Chapter 6: MIG Welding 77
Process Variations 78
Cored Wires 81
Gun Position 81
What Melts a MIG Wire? 84
Wire Stickout Effect on Penetration 85
Equipment 87
Standard Power Systems 88
Purchasing a MIG System 99
Wire and Gas Selection 100
Projects and Applications 106
Application: Creating an Automatic Gate Latch 106
Project: Welding a Hydroformed Frame 108
Project: Fabricating a Seat Support 111
Project: Repairing a Decorative Bench 112
Project: Mending a Weather Vane 113
Application: Subframe Connector 114
Application: NASCAR Stock Car Chassis 114
Application: Street Rod Roll Bar 117
Project: Modifying an Exercise Machine 119
Project: Adding a Pull-Up Device to an Exercise Machine 120
Project: Building a Trailer Hitch 120
Application: Spot Welds 122
Application: Triumph TR3 Floorpan Installation 124
Application: Street Rod and Race Car Tubing 127
Application: TCI MIG Welds 128
Application: Rear Quarter Panel Replacement 130

Chapter 7: Advanced Materials and Metallurgical Processes 131
High-Strength Steels 131
Alloys in Steel 132
Metallurgical Property Tests 134
Weld Defects 138
Project: Arc Straightening 141

Further Reading 144
Source Guide 144

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