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#91
The Lounge / Re: Tig Welders
Last post by jeff10049 - May 16, 2023, 10:53:42 PM
Hey, Dave I just saw this thread check out Jody at welding tips and tricks on youtube for some Tig welder reviews even some affordable machines he's had great luck with. I have a miller synchro wave 180 transformer machine robust as they come but also big and heavy. Aluminum takes A/C and amps lots of amps a 180 will just do 3/16" inch thick aluminum and not for very long before you run out of duty cycle or the gas-cooled torch gets too hot to hold.
I also have a miller division 180 inverter much smaller and lighter multi-voltage it also seems to offer better cleaning action on aluminum than a transformer machine you'll want a balance control on a transformer machine not as necessary on an inverter machine. The inverters' downsides are not quite as robust and more expensive when they break.
My go to is a Miller 210 dynasty inverter water cooled but that's a 10k machine.
For light aluminum work and any steel work you'll do a gas-cooled torch is fine.
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wanted to add I don't necessarily recommend the Miller diversion it's okay but you can get more for your money feel free to call me if you like and again check out Jodys' channel and store.
 
Im not against Harbor freight for some stuff but I'm not sure HF and welders are a good idea I'd step up a little even if it's the same machine with better quality control and support it'll be worth it. Kind of like their metal lathes a jet or grizzly may be the identical castings but they are NOT the same lathe at all worlds of difference.
#92
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by cstudep - May 16, 2023, 07:51:23 PM
Looks like an absolute blast, and those roads look fantastic! I need to get my ass in gear and get my car in better running shape for the next one.
#93
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by Scargo - May 16, 2023, 06:59:04 PM
Thanks Dave, for putting it all together. I have been very much enjoying our entire time out here, both time behind the wheel as well as the out of car activities and socializing. It was a pleasure meeting Dan and Michael for the first time.
#94
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by MiniDave - May 16, 2023, 06:04:37 PM
I didn't take a lot of pics today, but this one shows that the weather cleared up a bit today.


Al and Dean decided to head home today, so they drove back to Harrison from our noon stop in Dover and we went on, only to run into them at a Shell station well east of Harrison in Marshall a few hours later on their way out of town! Pure happenstance!

We had a long day on the road today, I think WillieB said 225 or 250 miles! Tons of cool roads and only a couple of traffic incidences - one where we got behind 6 cars who were behind a very slow moving Toyota Tacoma - as is 25 in a 55 - who absolutely would not pull over. Finally after about 15 miles of this he took a fork in the road and we went on. The other was when traffic stopped as they were cleaning up after a truck that had lost part of its load of lumber. That one was mercifully short - only about 15 min or less.

Tomorrow were going to the grand canyon, that run will take us till the noon hour, then Dan and WillieB are going to load up and hit the road for home, leaving me, Don and Michael. We'll all hit the roads on Thursday morning to end our trip.

This has been a terrific fun trip, I hope we can do it again and bring even more of our Restoration Mini brothers (and sisters) along with us!

Thanks to all who made this memorable trip happen!



#95
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by 94touring - May 16, 2023, 02:02:47 PM
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#96
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by 94touring - May 16, 2023, 11:18:53 AM
Video
#97
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by MiniDave - May 16, 2023, 05:44:43 AM
As Dan's video shows, we had a great time yesterday.....we started off on a route I had "planned", but along the way Dean pointed out the overlook over the grand canyon - when we got there all we could see were clouds, but the lady at the gift shop gave us a map and told us about the road down thru the canyon, so we took that - and what a great road it was! Beautiful scenery, no traffic, smooth roads and nothing but twists and turns and hills - fantastic!

Once we hit the main road again Dan was leading and took us up a different road that also turned out to be terrific and led us back to our hotel/headquarters about noon - just as WillieB was unloading his car - perfect timing!

After lunch we headed out for our afternoon run where I promptly led up onto the wrong road and 20 miles out of the way- no matter, Dan found us an alternative and it was terrific - smooth, winding thru the hills - we wound up at the Peel ferry. While waiting for it to come back across the lake Don unleashed his drone and got some great shots - Dean's Pups took exception to the drone and barked and jumped at it!

We took the ferry across the lake (Bull Shoals) and had intended to hit a bar on the other side but it was closed, on the way back to the ferry Scargo's shifter came apart, but between us all we figured out it had just come loose and Don had enough tools with him to put it back together and get us all home - coming up off the ferry a truck kicked up a rock and broke Deans windshield, so that was the Mini carnage for the day.

On the way home it started to rain, we got in about 6:30 so that was the end of the day for me - I was sunburned, hot, sweaty and needed a shower, so I crashed for the evening.

Today I'm not sure which roads we're going to take, but I doubt it will matter as they're all terrific around here!

More as it happens

#98
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by 94touring - May 16, 2023, 05:05:21 AM
Small video clip
#99
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by 94touring - May 15, 2023, 07:13:49 PM
Preview, attachments, add files, upload, and once green upload completed, post.
#100
Events and Mini Clubs / Re: 2023 Mini Ozarks run
Last post by 94touring - May 15, 2023, 06:55:00 PM
Quote from: Scargo on May 15, 2023, 06:47:21 PMImg 7944

Lol almost but try again.  Looks like you're trying to link a photo.
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