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Old September 19th, 2012   #1
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welding on axle housings

I'm shaving my 14bff, whats the best process and electrode/filler to weld the steel plate to the cast housing.. Any one have suggestions?
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Old September 19th, 2012   #2
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I'm shaving my 14bff, whats the best process and electrode/filler to weld the steel plate to the cast housing.. Any one have suggestions?
Ni99 nickel rod or 312 stainless electrode from cast to steel works best. If its cast Iron that is. If its cast steel you can use regular wire.
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Old September 19th, 2012   #3
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Im with Joe on the Rod he suggested...also....pre heat the housing before welding...if you are gonna use a TIG welder it is critical........ I have never used an arc welder on cast but Im pretty sure you are gonna want to pre heat the cast with that welding process too!!!
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Im with Joe on the Rod he suggested...also....pre heat the housing before welding...if you are gonna use a TIG welder it is critical........ I have never used an arc welder on cast but Im pretty sure you are gonna want to pre heat the cast with that welding process too!!!
I forgot to mention peaning or stress relieving the weld after welding and post heat is important too. The weld will wanna pull and crack during cooling so using a ball peen hammer to smush the weld back out during cool down relaxes the weld to keep from cracking on cast iron.

Is a 14 bolt housing cast iron or cast steel?
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Cast steel. Regular MIG is fine.
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I 2nd that,Pre heat a little with e-70s mig wire is just fine,Welded up 4- 14 bolt shaves so far with no problem,multi pass on ouside all ground smooth.
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I forgot to mention peaning or stress relieving the weld after welding and post heat is important too. The weld will wanna pull and crack during cooling so using a ball peen hammer to smush the weld back out during cool down relaxes the weld to keep from cracking on cast iron.

Is a 14 bolt housing cast iron or cast steel?
!4 bolt housing is cast steel like any other center section.
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