it was very hard to weld the 1/16 plate to the 0.035 tubing without holes appearing.
I think the welds are fine but my mentor thinks the holes that I had to fill are a problem. I will probably redo station one and try harder not to burn holes.
I welded up station 1 and when I was welding the gussets for the motor mounts, it was very hard to weld the 1/16 plate to the 0.035 tubing without holes appearing. I am wondering if I should have used 0.049 tubing instead. Any thoughts?comments by Scott W.Looks like you have got past the welding of this stage John, but I would like to add a answer to your question with a couple thoughts not mentioned by others.it is always better to learn to weld the recommended part or thickness sizes rather than substitute thicker stronger materials as this causes two things, higher over all weight and stronger areas where not intended by the designer.Very likely you may have another tip size for your torch that may work better on controlling the amount of heat you would like for this welding. Worth a try on some sample parts.
Charles- I too have the same question. After cutting a piece of 1/4 in plywood to fit inside my station 1, I made a template for the bolt positions directly from the engine that I hope to use. Close clearance for me too. Is this expected? Because I expected much more room between the 1 1/8" mount tube to the edge. Rich.Rich, I got a reply from Pooman2 who also felt there wasn't enough clearance. He made his mounts 3" tall by 3 1/2" long which would weigh the same and allow an extra 1/4" at the edge. I haven't laid this out yet but that is the way I am leaning. The 7/16" difference between the top and bottom bolt holes shows up big time on the bottom engine mount gussets.
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