With your knowledge and intended usage, MIG is your only possible solution.
Try to stay away from a "gasless" welder, would recommend only C25 shielding
Also, you will find advantages in buying a unit from a "Full-line Welder
Company" since parts availability is far better than one of the low-end
Mark V.S. in Austin, TX (former owner of a weld/fab shop, former welding
foreman in a metal fab co, and former instructor at a welding technical
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> On to my next new adventure. I am going to have a go at learning how to
> weld. I plan on doing most of this learning on a trial and error basis
> I intend to read a lot and maybe view videos as a learning
> tool. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a local school that
> teaches this other than as a full blown class of which I don't want to go
> nine months every day to school. Although it probably wouldn't hurt me.
> My intent is to use this primarily (at least in the beginning) for truck
> and car panel repair, patching, etc. I do have a couple of old donor cars
> that are ready for the scrap heap and I thought I would practice on them
> Now for the question. What type of welding should I start with - mig,
> arc, ???.
> After that is determined, I will work on equipment.
> Thanks again for all your help.
> Jim V.