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Old December 22nd, 2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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I am making a carrier side adjuster tool for my chrysler 9.25

1) I am using a black iron (schedule 40) gas pipe from lowes can this be mig welded or does it need to be stick welded?

2) The adjuster has the size and shape a 36mm axle nut. Axle nuts are zinc coated and i don't know all the rules of safe welding because i am still a rookie but i know your not supposed to weld zinc, cadmium, or galv. So is there some where i can buy nuts and bolts that are not coated? If not I am just gonna make the adjuster side out of two 1/4 plates cut in the shape and weld them together.

3) For the opposite end i want to make it so my 1/2 drive torque wrench and ratchet fits in. Ive seen people online post using old 1/2 drive sockets or extensions but I am assuming there probably is some kind of health concern with that? Is there anything you guys can think of i can use that will fit a 1/2 square drive into, and can be welded to that end. Ive also seen people weld a bolt on that end and just use a ratchet with a socket it on it, id rather not do it this way but if i have to i will, but this brings me again to being able to find bolts with out a coating on them.
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I am making a carrier side adjuster tool for my chrysler 9.25

1) I am using a black iron (schedule 40) gas pipe from lowes can this be mig welded or does it need to be stick welded?

2) The adjuster has the size and shape a 36mm axle nut. Axle nuts are zinc coated and i don't know all the rules of safe welding because i am still a rookie but i know your not supposed to weld zinc, cadmium, or galv. So is there some where i can buy nuts and bolts that are not coated? If not I am just gonna make the adjuster side out of two 1/4 plates cut in the shape and weld them together.

3) For the opposite end i want to make it so my 1/2 drive torque wrench and ratchet fits in. Ive seen people online post using old 1/2 drive sockets or extensions but I am assuming there probably is some kind of health concern with that? Is there anything you guys can think of i can use that will fit a 1/2 square drive into, and can be welded to that end. Ive also seen people weld a bolt on that end and just use a ratchet with a socket it on it, id rather not do it this way but if i have to i will, but this brings me again to being able to find bolts with out a coating on them.
Use whatever just don't breathe the fumes.

You just need something for the end that you can put a socket on like welding a bolt into the end of the pipe, or use 5/8" hex stock.

You may want to make 2 of them. That way you don't have to keep pulling it out to go to the other side.
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For the most part, small amounts like that aren't going to make you sick. The zinc coating is just a surface plating. If you are careful, you can sand it off mostly. You'd want to sand all that black coating off the pipe, its just mild steel underneath, and welds fine.
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