My welding rig

by Cory

I started hearing things about a natural gas boom from the Marcellus Shale in Northern Pa and Southern NY.

I then decided to build my own welding rig. I started eBay things like a Lincoln 200D pipeliner, victor torches etc.

I also was looking around for a 6x6 truck. This took a year but, I came across a 1996 Chevy Dually 3500 with a new 454 in it.

The gas prices where around $4.50 a gallon. His asking price was $5800.00. I got him down to $3000.00.
I took the old bed off and sold it on Craigslist.
I then started buying tube steel and 12 gauge sheet metal. The truck frame has been blasted and painted from the cab back. The bed rails are 2x3 tube steel which match the frame rails on the truck.
All in all not a hard project for a
welder/fabricator/ironworker that is collecting UC benefits.

I am signed up for API 1104 Down-Hand Welding Level I and II courses at a local college come January 2010.

Thanks for looking.


Thanks for the post Cory,

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May 16, 2013
your truck bed blocks NEW
by: Anonymous

you might look into a fire stone load leveler system to help you level your load on your truck my neighbor has one on his f-350 with his welding rig on it and it works there are other brands out there too

Feb 17, 2011
Welder Helper???
by: metalburner

I am looking for a welder helper position in williamsport, signed up for the API 1104 class at Penn College to be starting on 3/19/11. I am hoping that this class offers the cert test, if so Im very confident that I will pass it. I would like to get on with someone as a helper so I can learn the ropes on the pipeline. I am able and willing to grind, pull leads, and work in all weather conditions. If anyone knows of a welder or a company that I could try please let me know.

Dec 18, 2010
by: Anonymous

Jim....sorry for the late return message. I was working as a welders helper for a company in Williamsport Pa. I am now redoing my bed, putting 4 built in boxes and hozzer pole inlets. It's no Bob King bed, but I built it.
Get at me on facebook.

This is a welding forum....Look for my name!

Jun 23, 2010
by: jim

just was wondering how the downhand weld school was going. i could use some pointers

Nov 30, 2009
Clinton Co
by: Anonymous

Clinton Co here and the college is Penn College.....I dropped the L 200D (1400-1600 lbs) yesterday onto the truck. I'm gonna need 2" suspesion blocks at the very least. I did a search on ebay 70-90.00 but not sure about everything I will need. Input is more than welcome?!?!?!?!?!

The bed protector is made from 1/8 Aluminum diamond plate and 2 1/8 OD handrail. The diamond plate was a task in it’s self. I started to tack weld it into place. Not a good idea, this looked very bad. Warping aluminum looks very bad in the daylight. To eliminate this problem I welded bolting tabs to the hail rail and bent the diamond plate 1 ¼ inch at the bottom edge to add strength. Using a cut off wheel on a 4"grinder, I cut half way threw the diamond plate to allow a straight bend.
To do my TIG, I bought a Longevity 160 from Craigslist for $800.00. It came with all the consumables I needed minus the argon. Being on a budget Id rather have an American made product but, this did the trick. A “stick welder” with a TIG machine, I did struggle a lot (gas flow, tungsten stick out, tungsten size, filler rod size, nozzle size) but it looks good going 65 mph down the highway. (yes, I read the section about TIG for NOOBs).

Nov 29, 2009
Sweet looking bed
by: Rob

Nice job on your bed. Where in Pa are you located? what college are you attending? I'm located in McKean County.

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