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What Kind Of Welder

Im going to begin some work on my mustang which will consist of a new radiator support and front apron as well as shaving the door handles of my mustang and im planning on renting a welder for a weekend to complete this job. i was wondering what kind of welder should i rent for this kind of job.

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Me and my dad are currently building a 69 camaro and we have a lincoln mig welder that works great. How much work are you planning on doing to the car?
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Might be worth getting a gas MIG welder.
How are the Mustangs floor pan and cowl? If they need repair also (most do) then by the time you rent you will be about equal to just getting one.
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Thanks Restomod, after seeing your post i checked the prices of a gas mig welder and its about the same price as if i rented a welder for 30 days so im better off just buying the mig welder and keeping it for future projects.
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Might be worth getting a gas MIG welder.

To prevent a little confusion here when you go looking for that welder remember ALL MIG welders use gas! There is no such thing as a gas-less MIG welder M(metal) I(inert) G(gas). A flux core welder is not a MIG and should NEVER be referred to as MIG so when you go looking for one your choices will be a MIG welder (best choice) or a Flux core welder, also sometimes called "Innershield" or "self Shielding". The advantage of the MIG, and it is a big advantage, is that it will be much easier to weld thin material like body parts without burning through and warping plus the weld will be a LOT cleaner with less spatter to clean up. The advantages of Flux core are no gas to mess with and the ability to weld outdoors or other drafty areas that would contaminate the gas on a MIG weld and cause major problems, I would recommend the flux core only if MIG is not practical for this reason. You also will have a choice of gas to use if you go with a MIG welder, straight CO2 or 75/25 Argon CO2 mix with the 75/25 (also called C25) being by far the best choice and well worth the extra money. While welding body parts with straight CO2 is certainly better than using a flux core welder it tends to burn through more so than 75/25 and leaves more spatter to clean up. When shopping for that welder you will have some choices to make and what you choose will make a huge difference in how easy or difficult this project will be.
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Don't know what your budget is but sometimes you can puck up a used Miller Matic 210 for under $900. Runs on 220V. They go new for about $1500.

I started out with a Lincoln Powermig 200 (200 amp top end) and really liked it. Had it about 5 years then wanted a spoolgun and the Lincoln required a expensive circuit board on top of the spoolgun price (about $500 for my Miller 210A welder).

I picked up a alnost new Miller 210, bought the spoolgun (plugs right in) and now have the best of both worlds. The spoolgun is probably advertised for aluminum more than anything but I use it to run .025 steel wire (for thin sheetmetal/body panels) while the main spool has .035 in it.

In any case I'd recommend 220V if you have the power and minimum 180-200-210 amp capability.

Hobart, Miller, Lincoln are all good brands. I'd stay away from no-name brands, harbor freight, and like already mentioned, flux core only rigs.

Be aware that this is a slippery slope you are on. Next is a plasma cutter and then a tig machine. Been there, done that.
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