Ben Field

The Basics of MIG Welding

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With each class in this course welding expert Ben Field will demonstrate another step on the journey becoming a capable welder. Follow Ben as he teaches you the essentials of MIG welding, from basic tips for initial preparation to expert techniques for troubleshooting a difficult weld.
Getting started with a MIG welder requires setting up the wire and the gas. Ben Field teaches you the proper technique for preparing a MIG welder for the actual welding process. In this class, you’ll learn how to: - Mount the wire - Feed the wire into the torch - Insert the shielding gas and regulator and set speed and power
Once we’ve run our wire and set and enabled the gas, it’s time to try our hand at the first weld. Ben walks you through the initial steps of a weld, teaching you in practice to do the following: - Adjust the controls - Handle the torch - Running a successful weld - Troubleshoot a bad one
Now that we’ve mastered the basics and we know what to expect with a test weld on a bench, it’s time to put theory into practice by completing a real weld on our classic car. Ben Field takes you step by step through the process, demonstrating expert techniques, including working along curves and avoiding putting too much heat into a panel.
Unlike MIG welding, its cousin TIG welding does not require a wire to operate--instead it uses tungsten and gas to create the weld. In this class, Ben teaches you the basics of TIG welding, discussing the theory behind its methods and demonstrating the essential techniques you’ll need to complete a TIG weld on your classic car.
In this class you will learn how to make sure you fully understand what to do where and decide which type of weld you should apply in a certain situation. To help you make that decision, Ben introduces a variety of scenarios and discusses the tools and joints he recommends using for each.
6 Lessons
1  hrs 3  mins

Learning to create a weld for your classic car can help you avoid a very pricy service charge and a long holdover in the auto shop. Instead of relying on someone else to do the job, we’re going to teach you how to MIG weld so you can complete a basic repair on your classic car in your own garage. It simply takes practice, patience and maybe an expert guide.

How does the course work?

With each new class in this course on how to MIG weld, Practical Classics editor Danny Hopkins and welding expert Ben Field will demonstrate another step in the process for becoming a capable welder. Follow along as Ben teaches you the essentials of MIG welding, from basic tips for initial preparation to expert techniques for troubleshooting a difficult weld.

What will you learn?

During this five-step course, Danny and Ben are going to teach you about and show you how to MIG weld, teaching how to practice a number of methods and skills necessary for your very first real-life weld. Some of the essentials you’ll learn along the way include:

  • Setting the wire and gas
  • A basic guide on how to MIG weld
  • Putting theory into practice
  • TIG welding
  • Deciding which type of weld to use where

Like with all courses from Practical Classics, we want to teach you something you didn’t already know. If there are parts of this course that you’ve mastered before you came to us, never hesitate to jump ahead in the program. However, if this is your first time setting up to complete a weld, you’re better off sitting tight and watching from the start. Either way, you get to choose what you want to learn. All you have to do is click your desired topic and get on with it!

Working through the course

If you ever feel as if we’re moving too fast, feel free to go back and watch again. Car restoration and especially welding take a lot of patience–we want to help you get it right.

Ben Field

Ben has been with the Practical Classics team for more than 15 years and has been restoring cars for over 25 years. He is a qualified City & Guilds classic car restorer and can boast a huge range of welding skills. He’s welded an aluminium ship and has produced some of the installations within the Millennium Dome in London.

Ben Field

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