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New blog post new car
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:27:26 AM »
I went to your site, but only seen a picture of the car for some reason.

Looks nice.

I owned two of these early cars, both with bad experiences with the quality of

the build.   These cars had the panels primed with a red type of primer before

the panels were welded.  It seemed to be applied too thick and didn't allow

for good spot welds.  I removed the floor pan from a yellow one and of the 18

or so spot welds between the floor pan and fire wall only three were holding,

the rest simply did not weld but, they looked good. Other areas of the floor

pan did not have such a high failure rate of spot welds.   A green one I had,

bumped a curb parking and the spot welds on the frame rails were not welded

well and the frame rails simply separated from the fender wells.  No damage to

the K member, but, most of the spot welds again were not holding.  This car

also had that red primer and the welds looked good also.  These cars were

Arizona desert cars, not rusted junk.   On both of these cars I noticed

cracking around the good spot welds and no cracking around the bad spot welds.

I guess the stress placed on the good welds causes the metal to crack.  I've

found the Canely cars to be better welded and they use a black primer that was

applied much thinner and after the welding.  I know people say on the early

cars the panels were not primed before welding, but, that is not my experience

with the red primer cars.

My whole point being........ I'd check the inside floor pan of the car to see

if it has the thick red primer.  If so, I'd be watching for any signs of spot

weld failure on your car, or cracking of the metal panels around the welds.

I know 2 out of 20,000 cars is not much of a sample, but, it was 100% of the

Speke cars I've owned.  400 horsepower would really stress these spot welds if

they are bad.  Just a word of caution and my experience here.  Good luck with

your project.



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Re: New blog post new car
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2016, 10:44:41 AM »
Thank you. Been thinking of seam welding. Obviously not complete seam weld.