I actually learned to skate and started hockey as an adult, about 25. All of my bad injuries were from middle school/HS/college football. Things that are never going to be the same like my back and knees.
I play goal in an adult rec league, and I was in the butterfly and stretched out to make a pad save off a rebound. That was just enough twisting/straining on my lower back to jack things up. And stupid me, I didn't pull myself - kept thinking it was just tight muscles.
My car had that same valve! Haha it was for air shocks
I think for the moment I'm holding off on the taillight harness. Doesn't make sense to me to replace just the rear now, and the rest later, so I'll just be careful with it while I'm doing the trunk area.
One other question, it looks like ford used seam sealer and undercoating in the trunk. I've used Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator undercoat on the underside and it was more like textured paint. Any suggestions on what to use?
Thanks for the details. It's helpful, I really only need it for car stuff.So the welder is a Lincoln K2185 Handy Mig. Just a simple 120v unit, but it tackled the 1/8" with good penetration, and I was running it pretty regularly. It only really has 4 voltage settings, which is a bummer, but for my purposes is just fine. I did learn the hard way that my 15 A circuit can't take more than a few seconds on high. I tripped the breaker leaving me in pitch black in the middle of my garage with welding gear on : ) But that was me testing it out, at the highest it would burn right through sheet metal. If I ever want to do anything heavier than 1/8" I'd consider seeing if a 20 A breaker is safe.
For the gas, I did a little shopping around and all out the door I was a little over 200, but I did get some wire, so I'm not sure how it all broke down. If I felt like driving there was a slightly cheaper place, but I settled for convenience. I had to purchase the bottle, and fill ups are $55 I think. The next size down was half as big and fill ups were $50, and the next size up didn't make sense since I won't be doing that much welding.
I went with 75% argon/25% CO2 ( often called just C-25). I read that it's very common and good for all around mig work. I probably could have saved some cash if I found a craigslist bottle, but I was impatient. If you go that route, you have to look at the date stamp, I've heard places won't fill or exchange the bottle if it's expired (10 yrs I think) or damaged. View attachment 169328