Blasting and Welding - Timing/Project Scoping
Hey everyone, I've got a 65 coupe that has rust in all the usual places (cowling included). The car was half-stripped down when I got it from my uncle, so I decided to go the rest of the way with the teardown now, fix all the structural and rust issues and then start putting it back together. New to welding, but always wanted to learn. So... to save some money and learn a little, I plan on doing most of the body repairs myself and saving the difficult jobs, like the cowling, for a local restoration guy who's done a few. Hoping for some collective wisdom from the group for a couple of questions I have.
1. Affordable welder for a beginner? Been seeing good reviews for the Hobart 500554 190 and 500559 140, along with the Lincoln Electric K2697-1 140. Those are definitely at the max of my price range, but was wondering if anyone had any other affordable recommendations?
2. Blasting...I'll have the car fully-stripped this summer and I also have a friend with a media blasting business (very lucky!). I know he will give me a deal, and the thought of having someone go ahead and blast the whole car seems like it would save me a ton of time. What media do folks recommend? I've been seeing posts about dustless blasting and I'm thinking that would be the least abrasive but still get me where I need to be. Also, I'm concerned with getting to bare metal and not being able to make all the body repairs in a timely manner before things start to oxidize again! Is a treatment like Ospho, Picklex 20 or something else enough to prevent future oxidation while I continue to make repairs? Is POR-15 worth it for the chassis and other nonexternal parts?
I don't have a set timetable yet, as I want to be comfortable with welding before I dive in, but am working on a budget and activities list to keep track of things and stay organized.