You could have done this whole job with a MIG welder, but we ran out of wire in our machine and had to switch to our Diversion 180 TIG welder and ER70-S2 filler wire. Note the use of a heavier MIG glove on the hand holding the TIG torch. The torch gets hot, and so does the work surface. The heavy glove allowed us to hold the torch very close to the tip while bracing our hands on the hot oil pan without getting burned. After fully welding the patch panel, we filled the pan with water to check for leaks. This oil pan is now on a V8-swapped S-10 Blazer street-racer truck. You could have done this whole job with a MIG welder, but we ran out of wire in our machin So, we've reached the end of our regular series of BIDBI write-ups, and it only seems appropriate to end with a "greatest hits" of sorts. We'll show you a quick nip/tuck we did to an ill-fitting oil pan, dip into the mail bag, and fondly recall some bits of the highlight reel from the last several months. Using our Millermatic 212 MIG welder, we tacked-welded the patch panels in place. Some areas needed a few bumps with a body hammer to fit the contour of the opening. The tack welds heat the metal enough to make it really compliant, so we didn’t need to hammer it very hard to make it fit. Using our Millermatic 212 MIG welder, we tacked-welded the patch panels in place. Some are Each patch needed minor additional trimming with a pair of snips we purchased from Sears. We used Eastwood’s throatless shear to cut patches out of 18-gauge mild steel, following a pattern created from the corners we trimmed off the pan’s sump. We used Eastwood’s throatless shear to cut patches out of 18-gauge mild steel, following a Once word spreads that you can weld stuff, people come out of the woodwork with things that need to be fixed. A friend brought us this oil pan that didn’t fit the S-10 truck frame it was going into. No worries—we’ve got cut-off wheels and a Diversion 180 TIG welder. Once word spreads that you can weld stuff, people come out of the woodwork with things tha Welding. TIG welding also makes for easy repairs of rust holes. This was the bottom of a door that had some small rust bubbles. We dug them out with a screwdriver and used a file to clean up the holes until we reached clean steel, then filled the holes using our TIG welder and filler wire. TIG welding also makes for easy repairs of rust holes. This was the bottom of a door that Reader William Baer of Braidwood, Illinois, emailed to show us his homemade transmission stand. He cut sections of 11⁄4-inch square tubing in a shape that fits a Chevrolet bellhousing bolt pattern and welded them to a piece that fits the rotating head of his engine stand. Thanks, William! We always say we have the smartest readers in the business. SOURCES Miller Electric 1635 W. Spencer Street Appleton WI 54912 920-734-9821 www.millerwelds.com Eastwood 800-343-9352 www.eastwood.com By John McGann Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!