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The right welder for the job ?

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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
I have a 1965 Mustang that I have restored and I put in a 3 point front seat belt harness. I put in seats from a 1992 Mustang, with upholstery that matches the 1965 deluxe interior, because I wanted more support than the stock seats and a higher back of the seat. I have a old set of the seatbelt guides that bolt onto the seats, but they are plastic coated and worn looking. I thought I could get a teacher to let his kids make me a set based on it out of a block of aluminum in the CAD/CAM class this year, but that didn't happen. I need to get the parts back from him. That look sort of like this, but not exactly: I think I can move the belt holding part inward to go more over the screw holes and simplify the design in places.



The coating is REALLY on the part ! I couldn't get it off with a chisel. So, I'm thinking I could weld some steel into the right shape, smooth the edges and have it chromed. But, I don;t have a welder and I'll have to learn how to use it. I was thinking of getting a MIG welder anyway, to learn on for work on a GT6 project, but I'm not sure if it will penetrate deep enough. Since I don't need to worry about sheet metal warp, will a MIG go deep enough to weld short pieces together to make this ?



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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
I'll take this as a definite maybe.



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brucejon Gold Member Bruce Jones
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
1960 Triumph TR3A
1963 Triumph TR3B "Tupperware TR3"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1972 Triumph TR6
I think people may be hesitant to comment about or encourage fabricating a piece of safety equipment.



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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
But they will weld frames back together and fabricate A-arms and other really important parts of a car, like a roll cage ?

All this is , is a guide for the seat belt. by all rights, if I had kept things stock, I would just have a lap belt.

The basic question is more about how thick of metal can I get good penetration in, with a MIG welder.



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brucejon Gold Member Bruce Jones
Santa Cruz, CA, USA   USA
1960 Triumph TR3A
1963 Triumph TR3B "Tupperware TR3"
1969 Triumph Spitfire MkIII
1972 Triumph TR6
https://www.millerwelds.com/resources/article-library/buying-your-first-welder-a-practical-informative-guide-for-doityourselfers

See the link above for varying capabilites. You would be better with a 240V



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tapkaJohnD John Davies
Lancaster, Lancashire, UK   GBR
John,
It's more difficult to ensure penetration of a weld with MiG than with gas or TiG welding, so for a job like this I'd recommend those.

John

JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
I'll check out the videos in that link.



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