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Old 03-13-2019, 05:53 AM   #51
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Thanks gents! I'll probably just post up on this thread about the boat's mods, and it's journey(s) once in a while.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:13 AM   #52
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That is slick Mike!!! You need to drag that to Montana and we'll chase walleye and ducks!!
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What, no cup holders?

That thing is sharp! Very nicely done!
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You Got Skills!! Looks Great!
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:08 PM   #55
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Got all the parts cut for the sponsons. Just gotta glue-em together. Then glue them on (with my welder).
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You have some skills man. Thatís a well thought out rig.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:43 PM   #57
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Unless you really need the sponsons, I wouldn't put 'em on!! Mine has 'em along with a pretty big tunnel... maneuverability in reverse is next to zero!!
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I like the boxes and trolling motor bracket. I may be looking at tin boat in the next day or so. I think its gonna need a bracket like that
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:44 AM   #59
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Solid work my friend.


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Old 08-21-2019, 08:02 AM   #60
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Goodness, that's some talent right there.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:30 AM   #61
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Unless you really need the sponsons, I wouldn't put 'em on!! Mine has 'em along with a pretty big tunnel... maneuverability in reverse is next to zero!!
Good point! Mine has that problem for same reason...Lots of interesting Ideas in those photos...Thx for Share.Great job on photos too
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:35 AM   #63
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Unless you really need the sponsons, I wouldn't put 'em on!! Mine has 'em along with a pretty big tunnel... maneuverability in reverse is next to zero!!
The boat needs em Charlie. Sits pretty low in the back. I've already determined what the water displacement will be. And how much lift it will give me. It will almost displace the motor weight. I'm afraid without them, someone will back wash over my transom while at anchor. Otherwise I wouldn't put them on. 2 batteries, gas tank, and a 189lb motor on a short transom boat don't leave much room for waves.

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Old 08-22-2019, 09:39 PM   #64
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Looks great! You did a great job!
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Old 09-28-2019, 02:48 PM   #65
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I see some duck hunting in our future. Awesome Job, Mike!
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Old 09-29-2019, 06:36 PM   #66
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Thanks fellers! Gotta new shotty that's gonna get broke in good this fall.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:57 AM   #67
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Looks great!. You may want to think about making some panels that you can lay on the top rails of your blind. We usually take palms and zip tie the stalks together with the fronds on opposite ends. We lay these over the blind top rails to keep from having a really bad silhouette of the blind. Picture the ducks flying over your blind when you brush it in. The sides need to be brushed in well for when they are on approach but if you get pintail circling or any birds coming in high/overhead having the top brushed will help you out a lot. It also gives you a lot more room for error moving and keeping an eye on them when they are working.

Another thing that is handy is to weld some tabs on the top rail that can be used to rest the barrel of you gun in to keep it from sliding or getting in the way. Wrap the area with electrical tape or something similar to keep it from scratching your guns.
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Old 10-01-2019, 11:24 AM   #68
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Thanks for the input. But it works pretty doggone good as it is. And I wouldn't be able to fold the panels. Grass is zip tired to die-cut material that is woven onto the blind railing, with a weighted bottom, and zip tied in place. Folding it is a breeze. And less than a minute to set up or take off for fishing or storage. Outa the 35+ years of duck-n, I've built a few blinds in my day. But thank you for the advice.

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Old 10-01-2019, 11:51 AM   #69
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Love the addition of the ladder. Awesome work on the restoration.
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Old 10-03-2019, 10:02 AM   #70
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Thanks for the input. But it works pretty doggone good as it is. And I wouldn't be able to fold the panels. Grass is zip tired to die-cut material that is woven onto the blind railing, with a weighted bottom, and zip tied in place. Folding it is a breeze. And less than a minute to set up or take off for fishing or storage. Outa the 35+ years of duck-n, I've built a few blinds in my day. But thank you for the advice.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
No worries, when they flare off of you hopefully they come our way haha!

Just to be clear though, when I said "panels" I meant two fronds zip tied together that are rigid enough to lay on the top rails. When we drop the blind we just toss the fonds into the fold of the blind and then lay the blind all the way down. They ride there well, very easy.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:28 AM   #71
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Thanks for the input fellers.


Hopefully I'll be able to start welding the pods up soon. And get them welded on before the season starts here in North Texas.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Old 10-27-2019, 04:27 PM   #72
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Well, had a little time this afternoon. So I thought I'd start putting my next mod together. Was hoping to get them both all tacked up. But to my disappointment, I ran out of Argon . Oh well, I'll get some next Friday. Who knows, maybe I'll get them not only tacked, but welded out, and maybe welded on.
And yall never mind my custom tig welding table. Took a lot to put that together.




Here's where I got to for today. 5 of 7 sides tacked on the first pod.






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Old 10-29-2019, 03:12 PM   #73
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:40 PM   #74
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Mike,

Are you using a wire welder or a Tig for that aluminum? I have a wire welder and have read some info about running aluminum through the sleeve. I need to build some aluminum boxes for my trailer / kayak hauler and I wanted to use aluminum. I've never worked with that metal at all but I think steel would be way too heavy.

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Old 10-29-2019, 03:42 PM   #75
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I looked at your last post where you said Tig welding table so I assume your using Tig.

Ha. That is one fancy welding table. Looks like some of mine.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:49 PM   #76
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Thanks for the comments. I'll try to get some more pics up this coming weekend, (when I get some more argon gas hopefully Friday).



, yah, 3/4" plywood on top of a 45 gallon poly trashcan that has a slanted top.


Yes, I'm using a tig machine on this. I do on most of my aluminum projects. Been welding aluminum since I was 18. 1st metal I ever learned to weld. And was using a spool-arc with helium. You talking about hot! You had to be moving when ya hit the trigger to keep from blowing up the material. It was 1"x1"x 1/16". Old feller that taught me said if I could weld that, I could weld anything . It was known as "spray arc".


I've got a Miller 252 also (mig for steel, stainless, and aluminum). But haven't found a spool gun I wanna spend the money on yet. So i just use it with regular mig lead for steel. And gas for everything!
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:16 PM   #77
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Dang nice!
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:37 AM   #78
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Thanks for the comments. I'll try to get some more pics up this coming weekend, (when I get some more argon gas hopefully Friday).



, yah, 3/4" plywood on top of a 45 gallon poly trashcan that has a slanted top.


Yes, I'm using a tig machine on this. I do on most of my aluminum projects. Been welding aluminum since I was 18. 1st metal I ever learned to weld. And was using a spool-arc with helium. You talking about hot! You had to be moving when ya hit the trigger to keep from blowing up the material. It was 1"x1"x 1/16". Old feller that taught me said if I could weld that, I could weld anything . It was known as "spray arc".


I've got a Miller 252 also (mig for steel, stainless, and aluminum). But haven't found a spool gun I wanna spend the money on yet. So i just use it with regular mig lead for steel. And gas for everything!
Cool. I have seen the spray arc technique.

I've got argon/co mix but it is about empty.
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:36 PM   #79
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Picked up the gas and a new hood yesterday. I hate cheap headgear. It will make or break a hood. Especially if replacement gear is not available, or don't fit the hood properly. I'll be saying "goodbye" to the old one. It's made me lots of $$$ over the years, even though it came from a pawnshop for $15 . I just can't find some good headgear that the pivot bolts don't strip.

Got one pod mostly tacked together yesterday evening. And started the other. Been doing house chores and arronds between.

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kilt. Gotta go!
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Outstanding work!
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:21 AM   #81
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Thanks brother.


Got one of the float pods welded out this morning. Puting a drain pipe/plug hole in it now. The other is pretty much tacked together still. Been working on the house putting up new back door trim and paint this weekend as well. And don't forget house chores, be-n I'm a single person, and a GOF . So got several projects going on every weekend at one time.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:41 PM   #82
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And almost a month later, I get some real progress done on the pods!

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Oh No! What did I just do?


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It's OK. I've got a plan.


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Mark it.


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Set depth.

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Weld in place.


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Weld out.



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Now, they just need an orbital sanding to rough up the surface for self etching primer. But will get the primer after they get welded to the boat. Stay tuned. More to come...

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Old 11-24-2019, 08:44 PM   #83
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By the way, there is 195 inches of tig welding per pod. Yes, over 16 feet of welding per pod. That dose not include the installation.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:50 PM   #84
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That’s some great work.
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Yep. I like it.
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Man, those are purty!




I wanna learn to weld like Mike when I grow up!
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Slick Senor!

Not to derail - but I’m asking Santa for a tig rig. I’ve never tig welded before - would you recommend a pedal or a thumb wheel setup for a newbie/amateur?
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Slick Senor!

Not to derail - but I’m asking Santa for a tig rig. I’ve never tig welded before - would you recommend a pedal or a thumb wheel setup for a newbie/amateur?

It really depends on how heavy the metal is your trying to weld. Both can be learned.



Pedals are good if your gonna sit and weld a lot. And/or good if your gonna go with really light weight/thin materials or micro weld too. I've got some Cross pendents I do for church members and others sometimes. It involves some pretty tight micro welds.



Thumb wheels are good if you need mobility. And better for heavier applications. They take the awkardness out of trying to reach over or under something, or lay on your back and weld over head while using a pedal. Laying on your back or on both knees and trying to weld with a foot pedal is really hard. Especially when ya get to be a GOF.



A/C for aluminum, D/C for most everything else including Titanium, inconel, stainless, borium, ect. A/C usually takes more amperes from your source than D/C dose. The more fine and detailed the work, the lower and more control you need with amps and the machine.



Grades of aluminum can make a difference too. Some need preheating prior to welding. My machine is under powered. I've got 60 amps going to it. It requires 100 amp service for 100% duty cycle. So if I turn the amps up to much, it trips the breakers. To save on the welding process, and help reduce breaker trippage, I preheat the zone before welding with a propane tourch. That takes some of the load off the machine. And I can weld longer before tripping breaker. Once the work gets to a certain temp, welding starts are easier.



What I need is to have an electrician come out and swap my 60 amp box out for a 100 amp box with the wiring to go with it.

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Had the past 2 weeks off. So been trying to get some things done around the house. Got a little work done on the boat this week. Still got to finish welding them on. But getting close. They are tacked in place. I gotta get them finished cause the sandbass will be running up the river very soon! Name:  20200101_142705.jpg
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Added the rectangular tube on the top of port side pod for a transom mount trolling motor, should I decided I want to use one for that day. The bracket on the starboard side pod is for various accessories. There might be a little rooster-tailing going on from that side when underway.
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Man you are like a mad scientist! Awesome work.
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Have you figured how much more lift they will add? I about to be in the process of raising my transom and adding sponsons.


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Yes. They will add aproximintly 220 lbs of lift. It's about water displacement.

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That’s really nice work, glad you bumped the thread and I’m able to read it, awesome!
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Thanks fellers. Stay tuned. More to come. It's a sloooow process.

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Great Job and Info...THx for sharing TG
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Welded and painted. Just gotta wire it all back up. Then off to the lake for a test run. Name:  20200209_121849.jpg
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Got a few more things done to the "Wild Thing". Built a lil cover box to cover two more bussbars for more power up front. And to cover an ethernet hub. Also added another Helix 10 to the front. Got the troller and both Helix networked into a US2 transducer, a Sideimaging transducer, and a high speed 2D transducer in the back. I also added some E-locks to the sonar heads to help keep people honest.

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