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Ya know... could make the cow catcher up front a qwik connect so you could run a plow in the winter ....
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I got a little time to work on it outside (no rain today...Yaaay)

I mounted the headlight



I'm going to shorten the stack a little but I'm not entirely sure where to place it.

I like it way up front:



But thought about more to the middle:



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Ya know... could make the cow catcher up front a qwik connect so you could run a plow in the winter ....
Have a plan for that. Gonna weld 3/4 conduit to the sides and make the cow catcher out of 1/2 conduit. The 1/2 will slide into the 3/4 down the sides of the frame and I'll put pins in the back.

We had the exact same idea...only different!
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Stack to the front! Just looks wrong in the middle.

Like the cow catcher qwik release idea. Conduit is perfect for that. Cheap, easy to work with and very light weight.
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Yup! Up in front looks the best.
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Any tips on welding ^#%@*( conduit with a buzz box arc welder??? 1/64 rod??

I welded one part and then the other side just won't hold so I'm gonna have to grind all the crap back off and try again tomorrow.
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Use the thinnest 7018 rod you can find. Keep turning the voltage down until the rod sticks every time you strike an arc. Then keep trying and trying until you learn how to keep the arc going.......this could take awhile. I usually end up at about 32V. 40 on a really bad day, and the welds show it.
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This is one of those 50 amp welders and It sticks once or twice and then arcs well. Should I weld is fast or slow? I think I did the one side pretty quick and then maybe built up too much slag on the other side. I'd get it done and it'd look good. Let it cool off and then it wiggles and cracks then comes apart at the exact same place.

So I walked away for the night.
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Is there any way that you can grind the ends of the conduit, in order to get a better fit before you weld? If it's sitting flush, or almost flush, it'll probably be easier to weld

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