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welding advice

I'm going to be building a twin turbo setup for my 4.6L GT and basically wanted to know what welder to buy to weld mandrel bent aluminum tubing together. I'm probably also going to be welding brackets and such so it needs to be able to do everything.

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try searching for info at miller's site, www.millerwelds.com they have a selection guide on the site. Of course the only welders they will suggest are their own. I have a millermatic 210 mig welder. I have the spoolgun with it as well. It does a great job with steel. You should have good success with the aluminum as long as you are careful. I paid around $1200.00 for my set up.
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Tig welders result in beautiful welds when used properly, although your pipe fitting had better be on the money. In my experence a Tig will result in less buildup on the topside with more penetration into the tubing giving you a stronger union.
Miller and Lincoln both make very good products, deciding factor would be how much you want to spend.
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I was hoping to save money on this part of the project. What is the cheapest I could realistically go and have a decent welder to do the job. If my welds come out sloppy I can always grind them down and try again.
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I was hoping to save money on this part of the project. What is the cheapest I could realistically go and have a decent welder to do the job. If my welds come out sloppy I can always grind them down and try again. I asked my Dad and he suggested an ark welder. I have a feeling those would be very expensive though.
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If you are looking to get by with the least possible investment I would suggest looking around at a few pawn shops or welder supply stores, occasionally will have used welders worth the money. If you are welding mainly alum. then I would stay away from arc welders. If you plan on doing both steel and alum. then you might look into a small Mig machine, I have a friend you bought a Dayton 110v machine that works great, it can also be switched between the two types of materials easily by changing the wire, shielding gas, and liner. The least expensive way to complete your project would be to use a torch and alum. brazing rod, this is alot more difficult but it will get the job done.
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