I'm slowly learning the old ways. I guess if I get serious beyond this point I need to look into a decent torch.
That said, I've managed well enough (for me) with what I have, but that sets serious limitations on me, as you are well aware. I'm certainly no Wray Shaelin or George Barris though, that's for sure!
: The Art of Metalwork... it is truly a
: lost art.
: I've spent a half-century doing it on
: an almost daily basis, and am far from
: an "expert", and am still
: Most of the info on the internet is
: bogus, and the generation of real
: metalmen has died off.
: There are a few old guys like me left
: that were fortunate to learn some from
: them, but nobody is interested in doing
: that kind of work today, sad...
: Torch setup is an absolute must.
: Not only for shrinking but obviously
: for most welding involving patch
: panels; gas weld is soft and workable
: vs MIG, which is hard and completely
: Most panel repair sections are
: "hammer welded", fusion
: welding vs a bunch of tack welds.
: Have fun!