View Full Version : Welding Near Coil Springs
10-21-2008, 08:04 PM
I just watches an episode of American Hotrod and was surprised to see a supposedly experienced worker MIG welding next to a coil sping.
Are they just as amateurish as the American Chopper space wasters?
Bunch Of Knobsocks,
10-21-2008, 08:31 PM
If the weld heat is not going to reach the coil spring or just warm it up a little what would it matter? Come to think of it on occasion I have welded coil spring back together using a very good rod.
10-22-2008, 04:08 AM
You would have to get those springs pretty darned hot to anneal them...
10-22-2008, 12:51 PM
When I worked in a GM bodyshop springs were always protected from spatter, if it can stick to the spring it can create a stress raiser & cause eventual failure, I guess it's not common knowlege anymore:confused:
10-22-2008, 05:21 PM
If you are flinging 1/8 thick Globs of molten Metal, then a Shield should be used.
If it is the pretty harmless Slag that barely burns your unprotected skin, landing on spring and being able to flick off with Fingernail, not much action going on there... Not much heat in a Small Piece of Carbon...
Yes, if HEAVY/HOT welding is being done near springs they Should be protected.
Seems up here In AK... Potholes, Rust, Road Debris are a far greater worry for Coil Springs... Neighbor just had a Taurus break a Spring at a Pothole and took out Front Tire, Other Neighbors Olds lost a Rear Coil.
On a Custom job like that, I would just use old ratty springs during Fab work, and then put in the worthless Chrome Plated, Bling Springs when finished.