How-to: Braze Repair of Damaged Axle Shaft Threads

Tapered axle shaft threads are often ruined by improper use of force to remove a wheel hub and brake drum during brake and axle service work.  Hub pullers are used to remove tapered rear axle hub/drum assemblies.  Used improperly, a hub puller can crush the end of a tapered axle shaft and mushroom the cotter pin […]

Testing a Durston Magnetic Plug Weld Tool

The Durston/VIM MPWT Magnetic Plug Weld Tool is a unique way to get quality results when plug welding. If you have sheet gauge metal projects that require seam welds or hole filling, check out the Durston MPWT and other products! We needed to fill holes in a vintage brake backing plate and searched for the […]

Moses Ludel Lecture and Slideshow: Cast Iron TIG Repair

Moses Ludel’s Guest Lecture and Slideshow at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion: TIG Repair of a Large Cast Iron Axle Housing!      Damaged, rare axle castings can be repaired. In this presentation at the 2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion, Moses Ludel discusses the right filler rod and TIG welding technique for best outcomes when restoring […]

How-to: Iron Engine Block Casting TIG Weld Repair

Professional Iron Block Casting Repair with Weld Mold 700/750 TIG Filler Rod! See this Caterpillar engine block repair, using TIG (GTAW) welding process and Weld Mold Company 700 and 750 filler rod. The bare block fix, performed on the shop floor at Brad Falin’s Fernley, Nevada heavy equipment repair facility, took two hours and saved thousands of dollars. […]

How-to: Gas Welding Vertical & Overhead Beads

‘How-to’ Welding Class: Gas Weld Vertical and Overhead Beads! This HD video covers vertical and overhead welding in the gas oxygen-acetylene welding process. See the welding process with comments in real time! (If you have enough bandwidth, the video is viewable in 1080P and full-screen mode.)   All-position welding is an essential skill for weldors. Overhead […]

Variety of Information Available at 4WD Mechanix Magazine!

Find hundreds of tech articles and High Definition videos right here!…Discover the 4WD Mechanix ‘Tech and Travel’ Forums—No login for forum guests! Performing work on a 4×4 truck, Jeep®, SUV, ATV or dirt/dual sport motorcycle? Need reliable answers to your technical questions or advice on upgrade equipment that works? Mark Greene interviews Moses Ludel as […]

4WD Mechanix Tech How-to Channel

4WD Mechanix Tech ‘How-to’ Channel Playlist! Free Technical Video Viewing Available at This Website: This Moses Ludel ‘Live Tech’ Q&A vlog series shares insights into motor oils, oil filters and maintenance. Want your Jeep 4WD or any other 4×4 truck/SUV engine to last over 200,000 miles? See the four vlog topics (below). Click to access […]

Articles: Welding & Brazing How-to

Articles: Welding & Brazing How-to

Improve Your Welding & Brazing Skills—Right Here!        Automotive and motorcycle  work can involve swapping engines, installing lift kits, building roll cages and tire carriers, restoring vintage Willys frames or repairing the broken and fatigued chassis of a Jeep CJ or Wrangler. To do this properly requires a knowledge of metals, especially their tensile […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HTP America Invertig 221 Stick & TIG Welder

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HTP America Invertig 221 Stick & TIG Welder

Our Shop Installs the HTP America Invertig 221 AC/DC Welder! The HTP America Invertig 221 delivers state-of-the-art inverter technology. Sometimes, big things come in smaller packages—this compact machine runs circles around older transformer equipment! Invertig 221 performance also outstrips the competitors’ inverter machines. 4WD Mechanix Magazine enjoyed the many features of HTP America’s Invertig 201 […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HTP America Invertig 201 Welder

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – HTP America Invertig 201 Welder

HTP America Invertig© 201 TIG/GTAW Steel and Aluminum Welder! HTP America’s Invertig© 201 is a highly versatile, cost-effective TIG welding machine. The Invertig 201 works well for Jeep 4WD hobbyists, mechanics and the 4WD shop that specializes in metal fabrication, 4130 chromoly roll cages, engine swaps, axle upgrades and chassis work! Worldwide demand for inert […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Site Map and Content Directory

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Site Map and Content Directory

Contents at 4WD Mechanix Magazine and HD Video Network:  Quickly Find the Articles, Videos and PDF Downloads Available at the 4WD Mechanix© Magazine Website! Next >> 4WD Mechanix Magazine Home Page 4×4 truck, SUV and Jeep how-to articles, Q&A and multi-channel, HD 1080P video web television at the 4WD Mechanix Video Network. Featuring aftermarket product and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 4WD Mechanix Video Network

4WD Mechanix© Video Network Channels! Whether you enjoy family four-wheeling, dual-sport motorcycling, adventure destinations, off-road racing or hardcore rock crawling, 4WD Mechanix© Magazine’s ‘4WD Video Network’ delivers high-definition programming. Open to full-screen, 1080P quality for maximum viewing enjoyment—or for detailed close-up tutorials! In this HD video, Moses Ludel takes viewers on a quick tour of the multi-channel […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – TIG Welding Technique

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – TIG Welding Technique

Mastering TIG (GTAW) Welding TIG is my welding method of choice for all casting repairs. Here, a cracked, obsolete gray iron casting requires restoration. Cracks have been burr ground to their roots; the casting has been bead blasted; and final cleaning with denatured alcohol removed all contaminants. A hole drilled at the end of each […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Welding & Metal Fabrication Workshop

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Welding & Metal Fabrication Workshop

Welding & Fabrication Workshop: Improve Your Welding & Brazing Skills For many 4×4 shops and Jeep 4WD owners, welding plays an important role. If you repair, modify or upgrade Jeep 4WD vehicles or four-wheel drive components, welding is a vital skill. Want to do your own welding repairs and metal fabrication work? See the ‘how-to’ […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Top Products from HTP America

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Top Products from HTP America

HTP America: Top Picks for Quality Welding Equipment and Supplies HTP offers an extensive line of welders, plasma cutters, accessories and welding supplies. High quality, affordable HTP equipment can be seen working at the welding section of 4WD Mechanix Magazine. In these economic times, cost and value are very important to Jeep 4WD hobbyists and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Gas Welding Final Sessions

‘How-to’ Welding Class:  Improve and Test Your Gas Welding Skills!   This HD video introduces the five practice exercises that you will find on the click links (below). If you have sufficient bandwidth, each of these HD videos can be view in 1080P quality and ‘full-screen’ size! See the five additional HD video links listed […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Welding Class

Video Introduction to the ‘How-to: Welding Class’ In this video, Moses Ludel welcomes viewers and students to the ‘How-to: Welding Class’ at 4WD Mechanix Magazine. Hear what you can gain from these free tutorials! Tip: Open these video frames to “Full-screen” mode for maximum impact—this is HD video and full-screen ready!  In addition to the […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Metal Cutting

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Metal Cutting

  Metal Cutting Methods Using a plasma cutter takes some practice. The results are clean cuts with minimal slag. A plasma cutter is cost-effective for cutting and shaping metal—while minimizing metal warpage and distortion!   If your projects involve fabrication work, cutting metal is a regular chore. There are a variety of ways to cut and shape metals. Each method […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – MIG Welding

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – MIG Welding

      MIG (GMAW) Wire Welding I fabricated these frame mounts to support a Jeep 4.0L engine in a 1987 Jeep YJ Wrangler chassis. The Jeep came with the 2.5L four. 1987-up Jeep Wrangler frames differ between four- and six-cylinder engine applications. (This is unusual from a production standpoint.) I cut off the original frame brackets […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Arc Welding Introduction

‘How-to’ Welding Class: Stick Arc Welding—Introduction & Equipment   Welcome to the ‘How-to: Welding Class’ sessions on stick/SMAW welding! View this introduction HD video, follow the subsequent sessions, and improve your stick welding skills. See the series of HD video welding sessions here at 4WD Mechanix Magazine!        In this section of the ‘How-to: Welding […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Welding & Cutting Methods

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Welding & Cutting Methods

Welding Methods for Fabricating, Restoring and Repairing Metals Cutting is a fundamental of metal fabrication work. There are a variety of modern methods for cutting metal. Some processes are costly for the home garage or small shop. Since welding depends upon metal cutting and heat, learning to weld often begins with oxygen-acetylene (gas) cutting and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Oxygen-Acetylene Welding & Brazing

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – Oxygen-Acetylene Welding & Brazing

      Oxygen-Acetylene Welding, Brazing and High-Temperature Silver Brazing      This ancient spring clip has been glass beaded but still retains oxidative etching. Gas welding with ER70-S series filler rod floats out impurities and provides the tensile needed. Gas welding is an excellent alternative in this case, as TIG or even MIG requires cleaner metal. Broad heat diffusion and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Setting Up the Arc Welder

‘How-to’ Welding Class: Setting Up an A.C./D.C. Stick Arc Welder In this HD video, we set up the stick arc welder in both A.C. and D.C. modes. Learn various settings available and when they apply. Subsequent sessions will help improve your stick welding skills. See the series of HD video welding sessions and demonstrations—at 4WD Mechanix Magazine and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: TIG Electrodes and HTP America Tungsten Sharpener

How-to: Safer TIG Electrodes and the HTP America Tungsten Sharpener   In this HD video how-to, Moses Ludel discusses TIG tungsten electrode types and safer choices. He demonstrates the use of the HTP America Tungsten Sharpener and how to shape optimal tungsten tips for inverter TIG welding of aluminum, carbon steel, alloys, and stainless steel. (Open to […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – 2011 Midwest Willys Reunion

  2011 Spring Midwest Willys Reunion Held at Mason, Ohio! Michael Myers’ two early CJ-2A civilian Willys models in the restoration process. Vintage Willys civilian models make up the majority of Midwest Willys Reunion members. (Photo courtesy of Michael Myers)   Over a three-day weekend in May, Willys-Jeep 4WD enthusiasts gathered at Mason, Ohio. The historians, mechanics, farmers and […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Choosing a Stick Welder

‘How-to’ Welding Tutorial: Choosing an A.C./D.C. Stick Arc Welder In this 1080P HD video, Moses Ludel discusses A.C. versus D.C. arc welding, niche welding requirements and when to use these two welding modes. See the series of HD video welding sessions and demonstrations—at 4WD Mechanix Magazine’s 4WD Mechanix Video Network! (If you have sufficient bandwidth, this HD video can be opened as 1080P […]

Moses Ludel’s 4WD Mechanix Magazine – How-to: Oxygen-Acetylene Gas Brazing

How-to HD Videos: Oxygen-Acetylene Gas Brazing!   “Part 1” of this HD video session covers gas brazing in a hands-on and detailed way. If you have sufficient band width, use ‘full screen’ and 1080P quality settings for maximum viewing.       Brazing is often misunderstood and under estimated! Many confuse brazing with soldering, and there […]