Doright wrote:Hows the Practicing going?
I finally got my dagger tools torch kit on Saturday. I'm actually pretty pissed with them and how long it took them to get it to me. I placed the order like 2 Tuesdays ago. I got a confirmation email right away. Then nothing. I thought I'd be practicing my welding 2 wknds ago... I followed up with Craig on Monday and he said they were waiting on torch handles from their supplier. Well, why would you have it listed for sale then without notifying the customer? I emailed him Wednesday morning stressing that if I don't get it by the wknd, I won't get to use it until 2 weeks later. He let me know that I'd get it by sat if it went out on thursday. I contemplated returning it when USPS showed they were still waiting to receive the package on Friday. The kit arrived at like 6 pm sat... About 7 hours after I left my apt to go to my garage (2 hrs north) .
I Decided to keep it because I don't feel like going through the hassle of returning it and piecing everything together on my own.
I spent $400 on it with shipping. That's a good bit of cash to have to wait around on the vendor. Slow service like this irks me.
I spent my wknd making a cutout in the side of a log and beating on metal that I strapped to it in order to form that patch that I was stuck on 2 wknds ago. I should have snapped some pics. It developed two huge wrinkles/tucks that I decided to try and planish on a dolly that I locked into my vise. I know when u get a open ended tuck in a piece of metal, your suppose to lock it in by tapping the open end of the tuck. Then planish it from the inside out. In my case, the tuck/wrinkle was in the middle of the metal. So I didn't know where to planish. So I just hammered away.
I fitted the piece onto the car. It was WAY off. So I decided I'd abandon trying to make a compound curved piece and make the patch with 2 pieces metal instead. Sunday Dinner time quickly approached so I had to call it quits. ... It was pretty fun experimenting with the sheet metal but I didn't accomplish much. All wknd spent on a couple square inch patch and it's still not done.
I'll feel better when I've got some patches welded in. Actually on the car permanently in place. I know I'm literally months from that. But I'm looking forward to learning the skill of welding. Hopefully it's not super frustrating.