Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A look at how bad the 1968 Dodge Charger k frames were welded by the factory


  1. It don't even look like welding... Holy Omnissiah! It's more like mortar instead of a weld and even that poorly done.

    How the hell that car just don't fall apart after getting some bumps is beyond me.

    1. I was wondering how it survived assembly. Most of this looks like you could pry it apart with your bare hands.

  2. Wow, wow, wow! It looks like they used a caulking gun

  3. Not just the chicken shit welds, the fitment of the joints is terrible. The point of welding is to fuse two pieces of metal together, and you can't do that when you have a 1/4" gap (or more) between the two pieces. Not to mention the gaposis as we used to call it prevents you from forming a decent weld puddle. If this has any usefulness at all, it would be to train assembly workers on how not to weld. Every possible thing you could do wrong is clearly visible. Too much amperage, not enough amps, joint fitment, too much arc, not enough penetration, too little penetration, too fast, too slow, splatter not cleaned up, every textbook error. Perhaps that's what happened, i.e., someone was being trained on this and it ended up on the assembly line instead of being scrapped.

  4. and this is why restorations take a long time.