Last Call: Friday Weld Edition

Walking the Cup is a method of welding that gives – to the highly skilled welder at least – an even overlapping bead that’s both functional and a work of art. If you’re interested in a lesson on how this is kind of work is done, check out this video by a self described TIG-certified socially awkward 20-year old.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 
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    1. Shame this is so far away. I had a ’92 900S hatchback back in collage and absolutely loved that car. Though I doubt it’s a six cylinder…

        1. Yes, but this generation of 900 only offered four cylinder engines. Even when the 900 received a V6 in the next generation, it wasn’t available on the S model. This should have a 2.1L non turbo four.

    2. Wow. I bet you could talk him down to $1200 with a story about how your son would drive it to the prom. I had $1200 in my pocket today. Sh-t!!

  1. That weld is so pretty that I have to provide a little reminder that astethic standards defining beauty can vary:
    I thus present you with dis’, spotted today in my fair city

      1. Admittedly I live in a city with a visibly high level of mental illness, and yes, a middle aged dude was driving

        1. My son and his peers often make “Bieber Bets”, where the loser is required to loudly and publicly express adoration for the singer, and then sing a Bieber song.
          Many of them half-ass the performance, but the ones who do an outstanding job score innumerable “cool points” from their friends.
          The pink background and the dual hearts on this license plate lead me to believe that the middle-aged male friver of this Cobalt probably chose the wrong team on Super Bowl Sunday.
          Or hockey.

  2. Okay, I need some Hooniversal help. My family recently (past month or so) bought a low mileage 2010 Mazda CX-9. Other than some traction control issues that were remedied by the dealership, there have been no problems. That is, until today…

    My mother was driving the car, alone, on a secondary highway, accelerated slightly, and then let off the throttle. However, the car continued accelerating, with no foot on the pedal. My mom hit the brakes, which slowed it down, but did not stop it. Finally she got it slowed down enough to put it in park.

    Now, to me this sounds like the standard “unintended acceleration” bit that’s been going on since the 80s (

    I’ve researched a bit, and we’re going to do some training soon (using the manual shift option, shifting to neutral, etc.). Having done the best with the human side of things, on to the mechanical side. Apparently this model has had similar problems, (, but no recall has happened.

    Now what? We just got it, but should we replace it? And with what? A different year? A different make/model? Or is this just a once in a lifetime, lightning strike event?

    1. Bring it up to the highest level. Mazda won’t play with his crap, they can’t afford it like Toyota could. But I agree some training will help out some concern if it happens again.

      1. That what I thought. All cars have some flaws, so I think it’s best to learn to react to them, instead of just hoping they don’t happen again. Also, yeah, we’ll try to take this as far as reasonably possible.

    2. Odds are it’s the pedal that is the problem, but I would absolutely call Irvine about it. Or at least your regional office. If you’re on the East coast let me know I ride my bike past their East region office twice weekly, I’ll be happy to start a conversation for you, haha.

    3. Definitely worth bringing this to the attention of Mazda Canada, if your dealer won’t help you.
      That said, have you talked to a Mazda dealer, or the dealer you bought it from? On Mazda’s behalf, a 5 year old vehicle is borderline if they could be considered responsible or not, but the dealer you bought it from should definitely be involved.
      For what it’s worth, my new 2 was delivered with a faulty fuel pump, and reaching out to Mazda Canada helped with getting the dealer to provide the courtesy car I needed while the repair was done.

      1. Thanks for the advice. We’re talking with two dealers tomorrow, the Chevy dealer we bought it from, and also our local Mazda dealer. Also, we are planning to bring this to Mazda’s attention, even if just to make them aware that an incident happened.

  3. Left work early today to get my $20 Autozone money that expired tomorrow… 6 quarts of Mobile (and a free Motorcraft filter), tens fluid for he power steering and cheap brake fluid for the truck.
    I get 100 yards away from the shop and nail it.
    Then something starts dragging the street. I pull down a sideroad and discover my exhaust came loose from the xpipe and dragging. If it wasn’t point to the direction of travel, I’d continued.
    Park the Mustang, check Waze… 2 miles. Grab the umbrella and walk. Walk, walk, walk. Load the truck with tools and ramps. Fix the Mustang, drive home. Drag out the bike that hasn’t been ridden in 3 years. 2 flat tires and rusty chain. Fix the bike and ride back to collect the truck.
    As I write this Van Morrison’s “Days Like This” came up on Pandora. No f’n joke.

  4. I finally got the turbo off of my 9-5 to rebuild it, but it gave me a nice opportunity to demonstrate just worn the hell out the poor thing is. What an expensive lump of aluminum and iron:

    1. That’s a painful failure on the center section there. I totally believe that it was still making boost, though that would decrease as the compressor wheel enjoys its newfound freedom by way of the bearing failure and machines itself down against the housing.

      1. All the compressor wheel did is lightly score the housing before I caught the damage. The highest ridges barely catch my fingernail. What complicates this is my wastegate actuator rod is a pile of rust, and the wastegate bushing is almost as floppy as the compressor wheel. Oh, and the ID plate is missing.
        At this point I’m not sure if should go get another good used turbo with better housings and put a new center section in that.

    …now I’m reminded of a recent factory tour by my local SAE section, of a place that makes modular medical-equipment systems for turning helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft into air ambulances, or providing a medical bay in executive-transport business jets or the occasional head-of-state aircraft. In the weld bay there was a bracket hanging from the ceiling, containing a pair of Mountain Dew cans that were welded together with the can bottoms butted up against each other, with no obvious burn-throughs.

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