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Welding Aluminum - April 3, 2016, 05:34 PM

Essentially its a small job but I need to get a fitting welded to my aluminum oil pan for an oil return line. Any suggestions near to fairfax where I could get this done. Shouldnt take much longer than 5 minutes I suppose.
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It's aluminum? That's so not a five minute job.


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Gotta find someone with a TIG welder and decent skills or they'll mess up your pan pretty good.. (i.e. don't let someone with a basic Arc welder be like "Yay, i can weld that up for you!)


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It's aluminum? That's so not a five minute job.
I know aluminum is a tougher material to work with, due to the fact it has a lower melting point. I guess I underestimated the amount of work involved.

Regardless I still need to get it done. How long would you guess and how much would I be looking at here?

In the off chance is it possible to weld brass to aluminum or is that a silly idea? I figure no but id rather find out straight from the source. Thanks

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I know aluminum is a tougher material to work with, due to the fact it has a lower melting point. I guess I underestimated the amount of work involved.

Regardless I still need to get it done. How long would you guess and how much would I be looking at here?

In the off chance is it possible to weld brass to aluminum or is that a silly idea? I figure no but id rather find out straight from the source. Thanks
My post had more to do with you allowing for more time to get this done.

The part will probably have to come off the bike. To get a good weld on aluminum all the parts have to be very, very clean and dry. No oil, dirt, film or residue of any kind on the surface to be worked. The couple of times I worked with aluminum I spent most of the job time cleaning and re-cleaning the metal compared to how long the actual welding took.

I don't work at the place where I had access to the equipment anymore and even so I only worked with aluminum a couple of times, under someone else's supervision. For mixed metals you'll need someone that has some real experience. It's not going to be quick or cheap.


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Essentially its a small job but I need to get a fitting welded to my aluminum oil pan for an oil return line. Any suggestions near to fairfax where I could get this done. Shouldnt take much longer than 5 minutes I suppose.
My favorite welder in VA is Piper Motorsports, but they are not that close anymore. I've had a couple of items welded at inline pro in Lorton VA, reasonable prices, good turn around time, good shop hours (for my schedule at least)

I reached out to Katiedid, but our schedules didn't work out. I reached out again not to long ago, and didn't hear back from her.

Was not aware that Dodge is capable of welding aluminum, would've tried him a long time ago!
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Whoops,

Sorry guys I've been a bit more distracted than I thought.

Umm to the OP, sorry I would not be able to help you with welding those two metals together but I would suggest using JB weld if you wanted to use those two together. Also look online for another oil pan that already has a fitting in it. I guess your working on a turbo car, if so you may get lucky on ebay.

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No interested in using a no-weld bung?
I wanted to get it welded while I had the engine out and pan off for a much better seal. But I think it may be more trouble than I originally thought. Im gonna go the tap and liquid sealant route.

Thanks for the recommendations folks. Im sure ill use some of them for future projects.

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