Stuck out on the road for a couple weeks, I miss my garage. I just want to build things. At least the food is good, but stuck driving around a Corolla.

Spent a bunch of time lining up and welding the final hotside of the turbo plumbing, I feel like i'm getting better with the 1/16" rod and welding in general, has almost no melt throughs this time and kept the beads lower and overall made better welds.
The fit up is good and it actually works! I'm excited. Now to finish up the brackets for mounting the radiator and condenser and get them in position to make the cold side.

Got the layout pretty much planned out, the pie cuts are done, everything is laid out so time to weld!
Doing tacks and then one final fit up check before the full weld.

Got it welded up today, along with a bit of a prototype radiator support I'm building. It's taking some practice but I'm slowly getting better.

Working on learning pie cuts this weekend and figuring out how I'm going to route this plumbing for the intake. Making mistakes, learning, getting discouraged, depressed, and then taking a break and jumping back into the fray has all happened today. There's a couple great videos on youtube that explain it, this is the first of a few:
Back at it tomorrow, more cutting and starting to weld things up.

Sooo much more Argon! Lots of welding to do now, need to practice welding pie cuts and such, and then actually build my exhaust with stainless (needs lots of back purge)

Got the weld table in and spent awhile doing about 50 TIG tacks, which has improved my skills somewhat. Now I need to weld up the top of the table and hope it pulls back into a mostly-level plane.. right now it's still a fair bit crowned.

Needed to build a good spot to keep all this TIG rod now that I have the new welder coming in. Decided to build some PVC ones cause I like building things. They turned out to be about $8 cheaper each to build than to buy.

Made a replica of the low pressure input for the power steering pump on the CNC and sized it so that I can weld on a -8AN bung for the return line from the reservoir.
Also may have bought an AC/DC TIG because ugh i want to TIG weld aluminum so bad >.>

Finally got the adapter completed in steel. Hit my targets really well (within .01mm) for the o-ring surfaces within but the Y axis gib still needs some tightening. Tested out with the fitting and it seems to be working! Will install new o-rings and then hopefully it won't leak!

Spent a LOT of time getting the car cleaned up. I'm exhausted. Took four days of work to get the paint buffed and cleaned back to some semblance of the color it was supposed to be. Plus some before & after shots.

Got the turbo area notched out in the right shape, now I have to work towards some of the fab stuff. Need to build some radiator and condenser mounting brackets, an adapter to convert from the high pressure power steering outlet into a -6AN fitting, and possibly build a power steering reservoir.

Hacked up enough metal to get the intercooler to mostly fit, there's a bit more cutting and welding to clean up the area. Ordered a new CK TIG torch since the one that comes with this welder is heavy as sin and I never weld over 100A. Got a superflex version so hopefully will have an easier time welding.

Snapped a couple pics of the Starlink rocket that went up last night!

Getting the turbo prepped and ready for install. There's going to be some changes in the bay here to accommodate it, so planning out hose routing and locations for some new components and what I'll need to fabricate to make them work.

This steel cuts like buttah! Works great with this carbide tooling. .375" DOC, .375" endmill and about 4000 RPM.

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