Some people stereotype transgender people in tight little ‘proper lady’ and ‘proper men’ boxes. Well not so with this one that’s for certain. I have been tinkering around with an old van for some years, converted it into an idiosyncratic day van and done quite a few trips out in it over the years.
Trouble with old vans is they rust and some of them can rust it seems in no time at all. So I had to teach myself how to weld. First I got myself an arc welder and then moved on to a much easier mig welder. A few Youtube lessons and hey after some practice I figure anyone can make a fist of patching up an old van chassis lol.
Anyway here are my welding efforts.
For those vaguely interested about what I’ve done here these are the stages –
- Say OMG what a large rusty hole!
- Grind back the rust to bare metal
- Paint with Rust Treatment – I prefer Jenolite
- Spray with Welding Primer
- Tack on your patch of metal
- Grind back to smooth out the weld
- Paint preferable with Wax Oil or similar
If you do decide to have a go at welding, make sure you are well protected. To protect your eyes you must use the welding mask, I prefer an auto darkening welding helmet makes life much much easier. For your hands get some welding gloves, these aren’t as essential as the mask but seriously if you burn yourself trust me they can be bad burns. There’s an array of other bits and bobs but this should at least get you started.
If you like your cars and vans etc the investment may seem a lot at first but you can save hundreds if not thousands if you’re serious about keeping a vehicle on the road. Plus and most importantly if I can save one or two less trips to a garage, it’s worth it. The effort it takes to be taken seriously and avoid the stares and stuff is well worth the investment for me.
Suppose that’s why I prefer to diy than anything else – people phobic lol.