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Subaru - TIG Torch Watercooler?


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#1 Andyjo

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:49 PM

Think i could make a watercooler for my tig welder out of a subaru radiator? :brow:
all i think i need to do is run the water line through a pump, and have it cycle back through the radiator, into a resivior, and then get pumped back through.. perhaps have a fan blowing on the radiator....ideas?

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:46 PM

the size of an oil cooler might be better.or an intercooler.just a thought.why would you need a reservoir?continous flow seems like it would be a more efficient way to handle that. you could probably get some copper coolant tubing that you could utilize .ya'know,like the coolant system on the back of a fridge.??i dunno,just babbling

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 01:01 AM

Summit racing sells small aluminium radiators....

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 10:46 PM

check out the home shop machinist bbs... and www.metalillness.com ... there are a few others I'll remember in a bit, but there are various people that have built various coolers for their tig torches

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:27 AM

what about a heater core???

and ahhh... what is the purpose of it? specifically? (obviously it cools... but ya...)



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Posted 08 July 2006 - 08:23 PM

By keeping the inverter transformers cooled, you can dramatically increase the duty cycle of the welder (the amount of time you can weld before the machine will automatically shut down to protect the electronics from overheat).

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 03:01 AM

The 89-93 JDM legacies used the water-intercooler. From these you get:
1. small (approx 12" x 18" ) radiator with 5/8" inlet / outlet, both on the same side.
2. compact 12v water pump to suit 5/8" pipes, has 2 speed operation as well. Designed to run all day.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 01:38 AM

If you already have an extra car radiator, I'd go with it and sandwich it between two box fans. Or four :lol:

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 05:55 PM

lol, i like the boxfan sandwich idea ;)

For a tig torch, the water flows inside the electric line, keeping it cool, the welder itself in this case has no water affiliation. They sell crazy adapters which get the water on the inside of the electric line (it just a tube w/ water in it, with a coax-type electric around it), there are also some small veins in the torch which the water goes through, cools it, etc...
I'm not sure exactly what kind of temperatures the coolant will be operating at... but.. whatever :rolleyes:
I'll see if i can find an intercooler from the junkyard, this could be fun :D
my dad said i could try using an old mini-fridge, and just run a ton of pipeing inside of it... and just keep the fridge running..but i don't think that's as good as a radiator idea... it'd use a crapload more electricity too!

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 05:20 AM

I'd say examine real watercooling setups and plan yours from there. though a subaru radiator would for sure be big enough. nothing succeeds like overkill right?
plus, what would be cooler(lol) than having subaru parts on your welder?:headbang:

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 07:17 PM

are you still working on this?

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 10:00 PM

1) yes
2) sorta'

I have an aircooled torch in the mail right now, because my stailess pipes cracked again.... hmm... so i'm going to fix them with that. Once i get that all fixed, i'm going to get some aluminum heat sinks (lots of scrappd' ones at work) and weld them together to make a resvoir (a very cooling resivoir), I'll punch a hole in the bottom of the base, and thread in a coolant fixture, and run that to a pump, pump to torch, toch back to resivoir etc... with a intercooler, or radiator in there somewhere.
i don't really NEED to have a resivoir... but it'd be damn cool to have one made of heat sinks :brow:

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 03:08 AM

1) yes
2) sorta'

I have an aircooled torch in the mail right now, because my stailess pipes cracked again.... hmm... so i'm going to fix them with that. Once i get that all fixed, i'm going to get some aluminum heat sinks (lots of scrappd' ones at work) and weld them together to make a resvoir (a very cooling resivoir), I'll punch a hole in the bottom of the base, and thread in a coolant fixture, and run that to a pump, pump to torch, toch back to resivoir etc... with a intercooler, or radiator in there somewhere.
i don't really NEED to have a resivoir... but it'd be damn cool to have one made of heat sinks :brow:


hmmm... why not just do the same thing one would do with some beer on a hot day... run it through a cooler full of ice :-D

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 09:07 PM

hmmm... why not just do the same thing one would do with some beer on a hot day... run it through a cooler full of ice :-D


because that would make my beer warm ;)

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 10:07 AM

heh, my landlord and i discussed using a radiator and a radiator fan, and public cold water supply, to make an air cooler of sorts for the front window during the three weeks of interminable heat and no electricity (except 12VDC from the buick) after hurricane frances....

but that sounds like a great idea, its no different from liquid cooled PCs. ten years ago in high school we joked enviously about how ridiculous they were, now the high end gaming systems are so overtaxed they need them... BTW, if you decide not to use the soob rad, second generation RX-7s came with a stock oil cooler mounted under the bumper, in the extreme front. GREAT little unit, and usually like 15-20 bux at the boneyard.. good way to save some $$ when you want to install an oil cooler, too.




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