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  1. #621
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    Z's are like a p38 rangie... a good one is great to have, a bad one will drive you bonkers.
    Best thing I ever did to mine was replace the wiring harness. It took me 3 failed ignition modules (power transistor units), and subsequently 2 pairs of melted catalytic convertors to realise the issue it was causing...
    -Mitch
    'El Burro' 2012 Defender 90.

  2. #622
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    I wanted a LT230 transfer case adapter plate built for future removal of the T case.

    I know I needed to build a thing, but who could perform such skilled labour?!
    I made some calls, and got directed to this shady character...


    Some say, he can zap you with his plasma cutter from 50 paces...


    ...And that he can convert between metric and imperial in 5x10-5 nanoseconds.


    His welds are rumoured to be smoother than rainbow unicorn poop...

    But all we know, is he's called "THE TIG"


    I'm all about equal employment opportunities, but the TIG didn't talk much. So negotiation on a price was a little awkward. In the absence of beer, it turns out a bit of leftover pizza for lunch was all that was required.
    After assessing the job, and a bit of muffled grumbling from under the welding hood, It appeared the prep work done by the TA (me!) was not too acceptable for proper fitment. After the usual precious boilie hissie fit, the TIG eventually came to his senses and knuckled down to the job at hand.
    After a quick sniff of acetylene to get him going, the sparks began to fly.

    I suppose I'll just fill in the details below:

    The steel was cut with a little 25A plasma. Worked a treat.

    The TIG also hacked thru some 10mm plate for the wedge sections- the gas axe was inoperable that day, so it was not that pretty a cut at 25A cut, but DealWithIt.jpeg


    It was then tacked together to get them ground down somewhat the same


    Test fit:


    Complete top plate. Is tops.


    I think this is the ideal business model. I need a drill press and some big bits.


    Marked, tacked and squared up:


    Top plate tacked:


    Loving that deep penetration on the 5mm plate.
    MAG welding, Argon CO2 Oxygen blend gas. Running approx 25V on 0.8mm ER70S-6 wire, in spray on a little 180A machine. The TIG tells me this setup was almost ideal. Minimal spatter and a nice spray arc in the horizontal position.

    In a momentary lapse of judgement, the TIG got a little bit of undercut on the 10mm sections. He muttered something about poor fit-up, and something about the apprentice, but I really think he was trying not to spray his way thru the 5mm thin stuff. The 10mm plate was part of a weld coupon that just so happened to be almost the perfect size to lop in half diagonally and make work... the whole thing has got a bit of gravity for a glorified adapter plate.

    The TIG will make another cameo to complete the welding of the plate in the coming days. I had to stop him half way thru the job (after 5 minutes- he's a fast worker!) to confirm that it all fits up on the T case. As far as I can tell, it's all good to weld it out the rest of the way, and slap some paint on it.
    -Mitch
    'El Burro' 2012 Defender 90.

  3. #623
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    Is TIG taking orders? I just found some leftover pizza between the lounge cushions.
    Cheers, Billy.
    Keeping it simple is complicated.

  4. #624
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    The TIG got the sack.
    He messed with the MIG settings, and did the final weld-out in globular transfer... spatter and fume everywhere.
    So here I am knocking off bb's with a chisel, trying to cold-gal paint the thing, and rustle up enough paint to make it somewhat presentable.

    After the shoddy workmanship, he's no longer answering his phone... he's a bit of an enigma.

    Sometimes, you are better off just doing it yourself. It's hard to find good help
    -Mitch
    'El Burro' 2012 Defender 90.

  5. #625
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    Perhaps I will use more traditional methods when the time comes.
    Cheers, Billy.
    Keeping it simple is complicated.

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