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Tue May 19, 2020 2:00 am
I also think it must be iron; steel would have bent instead of breaking.
It's clearly a steering part, the original break could have been the result of an accident.
Cast iron seems a poor choice of material for a part like that but you have to work with what you have.
Good point. Cast steel will break, but not usually that neatly. We are seeing a failed weld, not the original break, though.
Would be nice to find out what the material really is.
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The original break is there right under the weld. something broke it like glass [or like cast iron] at an unknown earlier date.
I would grind, then weld with stick from the inside, then grind and weld on the outside, then stress relieve it in an oven.
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Cast steel will break like that too.
I've found front end & suspension parts to me all over the map. Some are cast iron, others are cast steel, as well as forged, most notably Pitman arms.
A quick zap on the grinder will determine if it's cast iron or steel.
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The appearance of the fracture surface in cast iron is unique. Broken cast iron pieces fit together without gaps.