Spot welding with Chicago Electric MIG Welder


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Old 09-20-22, 07:15 AM
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Spot welding with Chicago Electric MIG Welder

Hello,
Apologize if this is not the right forum. I have a MIG welder and want to remove some dents and change the radiator support and was wondering if there is a attachment for spot welding for MIG available anywhere?
I can spend money on spot welder but i hardly use it and don't intend to use it frequently.
Any suggestions will be of great help. I will put my pics of dent which i want to pull.



 
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Yes, there are spot welding guns/kits for mig welders. I normally just use the mig though. With some practice it's relatively easy. For thin gauge metal like body work I usually use TIG so I'm not sure how much help your mig will be for this project unless you'll be hiding the welds under body filler.
 
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eastwood company has a stud weld kit that would fit over your mig nozzle to help you spot weld studs you could probably make something similar fairly easy that will hold the stud as you spot weld, really do not see those dents coming out very well though typically dents with creases are not going to pull out very well but you may at least be able to use less filler material.
 
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If your thinking about welding studs to that panel that would then use a slide hammer to pull them out it's going to be extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish.

That process works best on large panels with soft dents, small panels, like a rocker, with deep sharp bends are very stiff . Rockers when damaged to that extent are usually replaced, or filled with a gallon of bondo which I do not recomemend!
 
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Thanks @PilotDane , @alan73 and marq101
@Pilot Dane - You are right for light metal work it will good to use TIG rather then just MIG welder.
@alan73 - You are absolutely right and i got the idea watching their youtube. But they said they are not sure when the stock will be available.
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Thats what my friend said that its going to be nearly impossible and imperfect which i am fine with as there is no rockler panel i can find nearby or ebay especially left side.
Question i have is how do i remove the rockler panel in toyota camry 2003 LE 3.0L body.
 
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Question i have is how do i remove the rockler panel in toyota camry 2003 LE 3.0L body.
Hmmm, there was something familiar!

There is typ a pinch flange under the threshold trim and under the doors which you can see in your picture. They are spot welded in place, have to drill out the spot welds.

I just noticed the 2003, not sure I'd put a lot of money into something that old!
 
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Yes between covid and other things with family never worked on that part of the car. Everything else replaced slowly. Suspension to exhaust to radiator and axle.
As i find cheaper parts i am replacing so not to spend too much and keep the car going.

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You are absolutely right. This is more emotional attachment to the car then really the value.
I am hoping not to spend lot of money at the same time make sure it looks good.
That's why i was hoping to see if somehow i can pull out the crushed section of rocker panel.
 
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or filled with a gallon of bondo which I do not recommend!
​​​​​​​Maybe this is the exception!
 
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I am going to try this by weekend. Don't know if its risky.
1. remove front wheel and fender.
2. In my new attached pic - All the left the vertical small welding and already small gap. i will remove the welding
3. It will be enough gap to put something to push the metal out and pus it little down which will create more gap.
4. This will allow to straighten but not perfect and then do the welding again and then bondo.

I believe that might be cheapest and satisfying option.


 
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Old 09-24-22, 04:44 AM
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Just came across this picture of what a similar repair looks like.


 
 

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