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    Took the SIII for a quote on welding up the bulkhead. The top windscreen corners and door posts. Was quoted 100 - 150 per side. Does this seem about right?


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    The actual welding would probably only take about 20-30 miniutes,it all depends how much prep they have to do like cleaning off paint and rust also the bits would have to be positioned quite well I should think.

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    I have similar problems with my bulkhead so I'd be interested to see how you get on and the costs....

    I hadn't realised you could get replacement panels like that!

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    Have you considered buying your own setup and learning(night class etc)?

    if its gonna cost you 300 for a garage to repair, wouldn't cost a lot more to do it yourself...depending on if you have welding experience or how mechanically minded you are

    I worked for several yrs as a welder at a local garage, and believe me its not brain surgery.........you can of course do it wrong, but if you take your time, practice on scrap parts first for several hours etc, You'll probably do a better job than most garages, I bought mine a few yrs ago and its suprising how much it gets used now. Don't know how I managed without it tbh, and theres the bonus that you can make a few quid on the side...

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    I've been looking at a Clarke 110EN 'no gas' MIG welder which can be converted to gas, would this be suitable for this kind of work?

    I was looking to buy from machine mart.

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    haven't really had any experience of no gas mig, but would recommend getting the best you can afford, at least a 150amp and ideally 185 or 195amp, from experience you get what you pay for up to a point, I have a sealey turbo(fan cooled) 195 and its excellent, think it was 300+vat inc large bottle adaptor, solar powered face mask was 75+vat bottle of gas from boc was 50 deposit and 40 for the gas and a yrs bottle rental, just a rough estimate cos I have a terrible memory

    so it can get a little expensive, but then I'd rather buy it all once and have no probs and enjoy doing it, It is a lot easier to weld with a better quality higher powered mig mainly because theres a lot more control with a more expensive setup

    all that said, its down to preference are you going to use it more than once etc etc, I've covered what I paid out 10 times over, In fact I have inner and outer sills, rear x member etc to fit next week, amongst other things, wouldn't like to know how much that would be at the local garage

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    oh and depends on whether what you're welding is steel or not

    theres a lot of ally on a landrover

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    I cheat when it comes to welding I get my dad to do it
    mind you it does mean a 600 mile round trip

    saying that I've just been given a cheapo welder so I'm off to find some bits of scrap steel so I can practice welding
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    The costs do sound about right. If you're not doing it yourself, make sure th agarge are competent and sympathetic, especially when carrying repiars like bulkheads, etc. See some of their other work and ask others who may have used them. I used a superb bloke last year on Verity's chassis and he performed a minor miracle for the money, but I met him by chance and he came reccomended, mainly by his own work which I saw BEFORE comissioning him.
    The light at the end of the tunnel is only the torch of some idiot bringing me more work......

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    on the gas for mig welders you can use pub beer gas the CO2 one it only costs 16 a bottle and is ace

    welder B&Q do a good little 150 amp mig for some were around 200 and they are very good
    "DI it" i would rather cut of my left nut

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    keep an eye on ebay. There are lots of welders on there. I bet there are thousands lying around used once and confined to the back of the garage

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