Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Central Kentucky
Being far from an expert, here are a few things I have found.
Pay close attention to the angle on your tip. If making a continuous bead I like to angle it along the path of the weld, either in a drag or push. BUT for welding in patches in body panels, I like to angle it ACROSS the joint. This lets the arc start on one side and as the wire feeds, it bridges the gap, lessening the chance of burn through. I find I can run a little hotter that way when I need too.
As has been pointed out, do a little grinding along the way. I like to skip all around, then grind the tops off, then make another round, filling in the gaps.
Check the alignment along the way, If you are getting one side of the other starting to pull high or low, it is MUCH easier to do a little mallet or planish hammering before you have it all connected.
Coyote build in 65 GT Fastback on the rotisserie
F150 SCREW Ecoboost as my daily
66 Emberglow Coupe first car,71 Torino GT, 82 Fastback slooooow 6 banger, 71 Boss 351, 85 GT all long gone