Please keep this simple. I'm new and I'm fully aware that an experienced welder should perform the task that I'm about to ask. I'm well aware of the possible "dangers" etc..... It's nice being an adult that gets to make his own decisions in life, so please I don't need the comments about "danger" etc...
Here's the question. An old '83 Ford Ranger with broken shock absorber mounts off the frame. Vehicle is used 100% on gravel road in a Forrest on private land. It hasn't been registered in about 16 years, nor will it ever be. It's strickly a "motorized wheel barrow" now.
In the hands of a skilled welder, to fix the suspension, would 7018 rod be the choice??? I'm thinking the low hydrogen rod would help eliminate cracking. If not 7018, is there a more suited rod for something like this? I figure 6011 would not hold out as well as 7018.
Also, the welding would be almost all vertical due to the position of the mounting hardware for the shocks. All surfaces will be hit with a grinder for that high super clean weld surface. Also, additional metal will be joined for added mounting hardware support.
Is the rod selection here good or bad? Would a 60xx or even an 80xx electrode be better?? Thank you.