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post #376 of 546

This is fucking awesome. I need to learn to weld lol.

post #377 of 546
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This is fucking awesome. I need to learn to weld lol.

 

Yes. Yes, you do. Being able to weld is a very handy skill. I've welded 911 rear flares onto my 914, and I made this tire rack for my trailer, among many other things. The rack is low enough to help reduce drag, but high enough and wide enough to work with my car and fit all 8 spares. I also welded two side mounts for my trailer spares.

 

post #378 of 546
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@sleeves. Looking fantastic! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


And yes. For repairing cars. At least learning MIG welding will go a long way.

Good work fellas. nod[1].gif
post #379 of 546
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Yes. Yes, you do. Being able to weld is a very handy skill. I've welded 911 rear flares onto my 914, and I made this tire rack for my trailer, among many other things. The rack is low enough to help reduce drag, but high enough and wide enough to work with my car and fit all 8 spares. I also welded two side mounts for my trailer spares.



All business. I see CCWs.
post #380 of 546
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All business. I see CCWs.

A man who knows his wheels. :) Yes, I've heard enough stories about 3-piece wheels so back in 2007 I started "collecting" CCWs. Reliable. Solid. Trouble-free. I now have three sets. Two for dry and one for rains. My factory wheels are painted purdy for the street. :)

post #381 of 546
I'm so happy you decided to join this forum.
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I'm so happy you decided to join this forum.

Thank you :) There are lots of great guys here. I love being around creative people and helping out where I can.

 

To that end, since you're going to learn how to weld :nodding: here's a tip: welding needs to have the metal pieces fit well prior to welding, or it can end up being a mess. OK, maybe you don't need to know this now, but considering your situation of controlling your budget on a car purchase, you may end up in a situation where you need to put in some sweat equity. What better car to practice on than a cheap one you don't really care about all that much? :D

 

When I made that tire rack, I wanted to weld a 2" diameter round pipe to vertical support posts, and I wanted it to be offset. As I said above, the fit needs to be good for a proper weld. I don't like welding giant gap fillers.

 

I made a fixture for my drill press to hold the vertical support in position while I drilled out the area to be removed.

 

 

After drilling:

 

Now for the test fit. Perfect! Welding this is a piece of cake now.

 

There are a lot of skills to learn if you want to save cash fixing up a car. I strongly encourage my friends to take on fun project cars and I help them learn skills like welding, basic bodywork, painting (I've painted a few cars), paint correction (because I've only painted a few cars!!!) lol! basic wrenching, etc. Learning new stuff is fun, and there are plenty of people out there who are happy to help others learn.
:cheers:

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I'm so happy you decided to join this forum.
+1. cheers.gif


Great to have another member to join us in here. I like to think the other thread is more for reviewing cars, and this thread is for wrenching on cars. With a bit of mix both ways.

Some real talent up in here. As you will see in time. We got a few JDM guys, a Few Euro guys, and even some usdm's. We are a small corner of styleforum. But a good one. Welcome.
post #384 of 546
@horndog and Vader

How is the mazdaspeed3?

https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/cto/5649849227.html

Too many miles?
post #385 of 546
The Mazdaspeed 3 will fully acquaint you with torque steer.
post #386 of 546
A little late to this discussion, but yeah a Mazdaspeed 3 will definitely bring you some torque steer. Fun cars, but the balance is a little odd.

Also, if I were just learning stick, I would not get anywhere near an MR2. The rear engine and weight distribution (roughly 42/58) means downshifts have to be really clean or it is easy to snap the rear around. Especially in the rain. Fun cars though.
post #387 of 546
Thread Starter 
Pass on the mazdaspeed.

I still believe the stories about MR2's are exaggerated. It's not like RTC is going to be nailing the car into an apex,downshifting over a crest before he learns to drive stick. tongue.gif
Edited by Thrift Vader - 6/27/16 at 12:43am
post #388 of 546

So this guy is still available. Price seems decent and could probably be talked down. Reasonable mileage.

 

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2789900

 

But it's an auto...

 

Oh also read that the 06's got a bump up to the 2.5L engine, so they had a bunch more torque and swapping to a slightly different turbo led to pretty insane changes without requiring much other stuff. So maybe keep looking? Oy vey.


Edited by ridethecliche - 6/27/16 at 10:43am
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After 10 years of owning a couple of BMW E30s I'm in need of cheap (under 10K) reliable transportation to get me through for a couple of years. Looked at Civic, Accord, Camry, Prius- all depressing. And then there's Lexus which is obviously a different car. It appears I can land something in that range but I'm concerned about maintenance. What's the consensus, is it like maintaining a Toyota, a BMW or something in between?
post #390 of 546

In b4 someone recommends the LS400

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