Well I have a $400 Lincoln Electric Flux core 110v now. It's actually pretty dang good for what it is. But even if I bought a better and proper welder for the job, I would not want to practice my first job doing frame repair haha. I think my best bet at this point is to find a friend or even hire someone to come out to the car once I'm ready for a few welds. The car needs somewhere around $10,000 in frame repair easily. Bad as that sounds it's all in the time taking it all apart. so I think if I can do that myself I should be able to get this done for less than $2,000.
I think the car will need a quarter out back too because someone globed body filler all over to the point where the seam from rocker to quarter is non existent. So unfortunately I'll be destroying my paint job cutting that out, but maybe I can get someone to blend it best they can, or maybe put a retro 60's vinyl graphic over the primer until I can afford a repaint. Cheesy I know, but we do what we have to. What's a shame is the paint on the car is actually pretty nice. A cheaper repaint I did 10+ years ago, but it looks good. One of those it looks nice but I'm also not afraid to drive the car type deals. All my body panels have some sort of rust on them so a door ding although I would be upset, would not be the end of the world.