brazing exhaust with coat hanger

check out the. I've heard many time of "Old Timers" welding with O/A using bare(no flux) coat hanger wire as 'filler'. Anyone know how I can get parts to fix it? I worked at a body and fender shop when I was in high school (1968). Of course he was using ox /acetylene torch. I had one of those rods from a windshield wiper blade stuck all the way through my hand! No it will be near as strong as using the correct filler. I didn't know you could do that. The right wire is cheaper than a law suite. I'm surprised no one mentioned bailing wire. Occasionally I have not had proper welding rod on hand for plain steel welding and have used a coat hanger as a rod. I am sure many drag links too. Early 50's 1/4 mi. You are using an out of date browser. Coat hanger works. Still wouldn't trust that type of weld on a critical joint though. The problem these days is the questionable metallurgy involved. Bought a good supply of 1/8" and 3/32" rods about 1981 and still workin' on 'em.............they never go bad. To solder iron parts, I use "Bronze-flow", which is a high temperature brazing alloy. This page was generated at 09:23 PM. Steel needs to be welded, not soldered. Trademark Office. Step 1 Clean the metal you plan to braze. It was pretty cool. Hahaha, it works. The metal will be orange-hot at flow temp. Maybe that's what has people confused, Id love to buy this bike!! You can't beat hangers for aluminized exhaust parts. I've welded a many a door on a dirt stock car with coat hangers, as well as exhaust headers, and similar things. I will not say it won't work as I expect we all have done it. It comes in straight sticks about 16" long, gold colored and coated with a white flux. It could be wonderful or it could be s**t. For an exhaust pipe, yes. Click here to remove banner ads from this forum. I have looked for Youtube Videos but can not find any. !+, Kingsnova: I have a couple of those hubs.... Ill sell you a hub or parts or whatever. But I don't know about the strength, tho they say its fine... granted they don't weld bikes. I just see that Aluminum rod stuff. Friend was racing down in Mexico a few years back and tore a suspension part in half, kept going but at a slower speed. He only used a propane torch and old Coathangers. If you try to use a plain steel hanger with no coating, even the slightest amount of rust will bugger up you weld. JavaScript is disabled. Has anyone seen this done? To top it all off he used a pants hanger with the velvet type material coating to keep the pants from slipping. The wire seems to work better after being run through the bailer, wipes off some of the excess protective coating. Unless it's an emergency it's not worth it to me. I have brazed with a Coat hanger be fore.. Did it all the time.. From what I've found the main issue is the purity of brazing material. Nothing was critical though, just exhaust and maybe some bodywork. My friend did light torch welding of sheetmetal and tubes. Most coat hangers are low quality steel wire. I've used them for many different jobs with great results. I did forget to mention that this was oxyacetylene welding, but you folks figured that out. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Welding rod is so cheap that it's not even worth the effort of messing with the coat hangers and settling for a substandard weld unless its an emergency. Welcome Guest. She managed to call him down from the top floor of his mansion and although neither spoke the others language the broken part was obvious, he drug out a set of tanks and welded the part together with coat hangers. Always worked great for me. propane is very explosive i don't recommend propane xxxxx, Rat Rods, Hot Rods, VW's or any other custom, Motorcycles, Scooters and Board Track Bikes, How long do you have to practice social distancing before actually doing it? Send me a PM. So far I have used it on fairly low stress items like car exhaust pipe repair. I have used it to plug holes that need to be re-drilled in the same spot. Some Years ago. The problem is that you have no idea about the quality or strength of the steel in the hanger. For a steering linkage, no. Please Login or Register. Not that any of this will be state certified. Thirty five years ago I used a few for O/A welding, but my wife told me to buy some rods or quit welding because she needed all the hangers we had. fast getting to a point you can't even find metal coat hangers. Good deal till the rear bearings were loose and broke the axle. She finished the race that night, then totaled the car the next day. It happens all the time at bdirty's farm. I would not waste your time like Hound said this place is dead, Ha yes well it is early I stop back a little later, Ok well I got over the childish shit I know I was one of the worst, Probably not I think we piss lotta people off and you're grumpy old bastard's kind a hold a gruge, www.facebook.com/pages/Connecticut-Vintage-Road-bikes/266345633433463. If this is your first visit, be sure to Copyright © 2000-2020 by, SmokStak® Shop Equipment Tools and Techniques. From what I've found the main issue is the purity of brazing material. Thanks for that input! Brazing shouldn't be used on anything near the exhaust ports, because the exhaust gases run in the 1200-1500 degree F range right out of the exhaust ports. Well I figured this wasn't worth a new thread so I'll dump it here. And people wonder why we buy American. its very simple: Will it work? Hadn't invented mig yet. It welded good anyways. SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark in the U.S. Brazing permanently joins two metals using a torch. Stock cars on a shoe string diet, gas and hangers equaled many crash/nerf bars. Wire hangers will work fine, but the metal can be very dirty leaving pits and adhere poorly at worst. A good drill will cut either of the 2. Everybody I know uses it for exhaust, sheet metal and other light duty jobs. yes why yes it will. I wigged out when I saw what they were doing......turned out the exhaust system rusted away before the weld gave out. I've used them for years, I don't do it often enough to keep good clean rod around so the old coat hanger fills the bill.. Was this ever an common/widespread practis?Was the technique practical?What were some of the applications? You can also use high temperature silver solder, 45%, with white flux. Wire hangers will work fine, but the metal can be very dirty leaving pits and adhere poorly at worst. I assumed he meant for welding, not for brazing. 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