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Welding Tip/Trick

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by TJS, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    I am building my own head-ache rack and wanted to make the strobe mount plate removeable with a little added security. I welded 3/8 nuts in the top of the rack where the plate will be bolted to it. To get them as square as possible for welding I used a long 3/8 bolt and a 1-2-3 block with the nut to be welded tightened up against it. See pics. This allows the nut to sit flush and pretty close to square in the hole. The welds are not that great cause I was kind of contorted when doing this. I was sitting on a crate with the foot pedal kind of out of position. I really did not care about how the welds look cause they will be ground anyway.




  2. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    You can see the plate here. I drilled and tapped at all 4 corners where the light is bolted down from the inside.




  3. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Thats awesome looks nice. But since i am lazy i use self tapping screws
  4. bharry20

    bharry20 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    them welds look just fine and after you got done grinding it looked as if the rack was just drilled and tapped. yet this way there is more threads in the rack than that method. it is amazing what can be done with stuff like that. i can't remember how many times i have made stuff like that.:nod:
  5. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    You did a real nice job. coverin up the nuts it looks like it came like that
  6. deckboys

    deckboys Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    looks factory to me...
    great work, can we see the rest of the build?
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2008
  7. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    looks good .. im glad i built mine when i did ... i hate to spend money on the prices of steel in todays market ....
  8. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm impressed TIG welding a headache rack instead of jist MIGing it!
  9. wild bill

    wild bill PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,239

    looks awesome cant wait to see the finished product ! they would probably sell !
  10. mx495

    mx495 Member
    from MO
    Messages: 56

    What is a 1-2-3 block?
  11. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

  12. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    Everything else on the headache rack is Miged. I just used the tig machine for this operation.