View Full Version : Pictures of my welds on my Glad with DIY welder

07-28-2009, 05:01 PM
some of you have expressed amaze/amusement at my home built welder.
a simple set of jumper cables and a slightly modded automotive alternator are giving me the results pictured here. realize that I am a complete ***** and have no skill in stick welding at all. This is with 1/8" (ie: pretty standard) rod.

I am doing the whole bike with this welder.


09-07-2010, 10:28 AM
Do you have pictures of you DIY welder?

09-08-2010, 01:52 AM
I Do actually, they are just not current ( no pun intended) I will try to remember to take some better ones in the morning and get the posted.
I had made rumblings about doing a photo essay or even a write up of building a new using an old electric motor to turn the alternator and mounting it all on the compressor cart. Summer house projects and etc, etc, anyway I never did it but I still might someday.


09-08-2010, 09:26 AM
realize that I am a complete *****...
Consider yourself lucky!
I'm NOT a complete *****... I'm missing a few parts. :rolleyes4:

(Geezer & Bent Enthusiast At Large)

09-08-2010, 07:40 PM
OK as requested:

This link takes you to my Flickr album of my welder

there should be some text descriptions to help you out there

and this is a picture of what is there

hope this helps

09-08-2010, 08:02 PM
Thanks Greywuuf. I've got a spare lawnmower motor and I should be able to dig up an old alternator. I'd like to make a Tig rig.

09-08-2010, 08:07 PM
While it IS possible and it DOES work, it is not a very good solution, as Tig rally needs a fine and fast acting heat control, and unless you set up a solenoid valve on your gas, just turning it on and off with the handle mounted knob is realy wasteful (expensive) if you had an idea of how to make a foot pedal or finger tip control for the output it might work fine for you.

this unit was just throw together as a test of the idea before I mounted it under the hood of my off road truck, but it has worked so well and been so Handy I have never gotten around to building the brackets to put it in my truck.


09-08-2010, 08:10 PM
Here is the thread where I showed the TIG gun that I used with this


Cheezy Rider
09-08-2010, 08:32 PM
I think it is a neat idea, that you came up with that. A true Zombie at work.

09-08-2010, 08:53 PM
Thank you,
But I did not come up with the idea, I just put it together. google weldernator and there are some better tutorials, guys been doing this for years. I am just to cheap to buy a ready made one ;-)