Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
I'll be welding mine... or having someone weld it. Probably will have a good buddy who actually welds full time take care of it.
I love welding. I weld when it's the right way to connect the metal. However welding sheet metal is not the right way to make the connection.
Although this is completely different topic, why would you weld something together that was riveted together from the factory?
The bus makers used a rivet construction for a reason. Everywhere there was a weld on both of my buses, the weld broke. The welds can not hold what the rivet can in the stress that it's exposed to.
Welding on galvanized material is extremely difficult to get a good weld.
Welding galvanized metal is poison to the person welding it.
Welding ruins the galvanized coating, giving rust a home to start again.
Welding light 12 and 14 ga metal without melting through is much harder than thick metal.
Welding the 12 and 14 ga metal causes distortion of the steel. This is a big pain in the a$$.
To get a good weld, you need a welder that cost minimum $1500.
Rivet gun is $100 and bolting with 1/4 inch bolts cost nothing if you have a drill and a wrench.
The list go's on and on.