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    fixing a holey air cleaner housing?

    Howdy,
    I have a buddy who is restoring a 48 Dodge Power Wagon. He purchased a used OE oil-bath air cleaner housing for the truck, and found it has holes. He contacted the seller, and the next one they sent also has holes. He would like to try and plug the holes in the housing. I asked about welding (he has stick and MIG), but he figures that if he tried that, he would blow thru the thin metal. He thought maybe using JB Weld? I wondered about glassing the inside bottom portion of the housing? Any thoughts/recommendations?
    Thanks, Doug

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    Are the holes rust or drilled, if metal is not too bad I have had some success using a flattened piece of copper for a backer.

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    Hi Mark,
    The metal isn't drilled out, just has rusted out holes. So the copper backer can help from blowing out the metal when welding?
    Thanks, Doug

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    Yes the copper absorbs heat and does not stick to weld. HF sells a tool for this, but you can smash a pice of soft copper tube and build your own.

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    It's a difficult question to answer without a picture.

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    Hi Mark, thanks for the suggestion.
    RD, I requested a pic from my buddy. For now, imagine little holes, that will just weep, or at most have a very slow, small drip.
    Thanks, Doug

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    If the metal surface in question is flat, or a simple fairly flat curve, replacing the whole surface with new metal is a choice that may be of advantage.

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    Truly a situation where a picture is worth a thousand words.

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    ^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55 Rescue Dog View Post
    ^^^
    Believe me, I got the message.
    I did request a pic, but I can't control getting one. He has a ranch in WY, running cattle & does handyman stuff on the side. Rick, thanks for that thought!
    Regards, Doug

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