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    Quote Originally Posted by dgapilot View Post
    I tried some of the low temp aluminum braze/solder rod that I got at a flea market years ago. Could never get it to flow, maybe never got the base metal clean enough. As long as it is a weldable alloy, I find it just as easy to set the TIG welder up and be done with it. To that end, does that stuff work on the non weldable alloys?


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    Was your rod flux core? I get my aluminum rod from a welding shop and it's not cheap. I do wire brush and/or sand the base metal first. I preheat the base metal but, not to melting temperature. Then add the rod. I usually get a good flow. It happens fast. I've been gas welding for 60 years and probably not change. In my few attempts at tig I did not get the hang of the foot pedal. Besides I'm too cheap to buy another welding setup. My gas welding equipment is pretty good. I do some wire feed stuff but, it is a real pain to change it over for aluminum.

    I did take a gas welding class for aluminum at Oshkosh and learned it was tricky but doable. But, buying a new tank plus getting it refilled was expensive. It would not work for me living on an island. Doing aluminum brazing has been fun and easy. I just made a new air inlet for my carb and cabin heater that mounts on the nose bowl. I wanted it to have a wider opening and taper to the 2 inch ducting. Brazing the .032 aluminum went well.

    I have not tried it on anything but 6000 series aluminum. I'm sure it will work on 2000 and 5000 stuff.
    Last edited by Stephen; 11-05-2022 at 02:09 PM.
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    Pictures or it didn’t happen.��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilbert Pierce View Post
    Pictures or it didn’t happen.��
    It's installed but not painted. Besides my last picture post went in sideways.
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    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    You are such a perfectionist.

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    Air inlet for alternator cooling?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoyle View Post
    Air inlet for alternator cooling?


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    This is my carburetor and cabin heat intake. I changed it from a 2 inch inlet to a 2 1/2 inch inlet, hoping to get increased airflow and get more heat in the cabin. Making a tapered inlet was fun. My winter projects are becoming a bit on the anal side......but, I'm having fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    You are such a perfectionist.
    You are a good friend, thanks. Gilbert is a perfectionist. I just plod.
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    This weeks project. Straighting out the flaps trailing edge.IMG_20221111_101734886.jpgIMG_20221111_130924622.jpg
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