Thanks for the input I will keep you updated on my attempt at body work; may take a while though with winter and my quick car project, needed for something else to drive while i do this. As for arc welding i've heard all about it from my dad, he yells at me anytime I plan to do something out of the ordinary; meaning pretty much he doesn't agree with gas welding either, lol. He was saying winter would weaken the welds, as to why I don't know but his advice has never failed me before, so I assume he is correct. Not only that but kerosene heat I'm sure doesn't add to the safety level of the project. But I really don't have much of a choice when I can't afford much. At one time or another I was thinking of using a 2 part epoxy on the backside of the metal lol.
As for my get around car that I purchased for this project, it is very similar to the one i'm working on. Its a Ford Escort Exp; I purchased it really cheap for that fact that it had a blown head gasket and torn ring gear on the flywheel. Although I didn't know this at the time I decided to purchase it anyway for a little mechanical knowledge. I found the head gasket to be really easy especially when you have all the replacement parts in your room (cheap spares for my other escort, heh). As for the ring gear my father helped me "ghetto" it together by grinding it down to make the teeth ridged again, I couldn't afford replacement parts nor do I have the knowledge to mess with transmissions. Regardless though it should hold up for a while and it was very fun to learn some new stuff as well.
But I'm mainly looking forward to starting some body work and welding my misguided hand to the panel, lol. Oh a cool thing about the Exp is that it has a manual transmission and a multi-port injection head; maybe in time I can find a way to swap these between cars, after I learn a little more about electrical and modification of course.
Sorry for the long post, but thanks for the interest and input and I will keep yah updated.