For all the trouble you're going thru to refit a bunch of used parts, you could get brand new equipment and save yourself a lot of time and effort. I've got top welders and generators reviewed at my site, including a new review due out this weekend on a great little stick welder by Hobart that's tough to beat. At under $500, it won't eat up your pocketbook either. You might want to take a look.
As I say that particular review isn't viewable onsite yet, but it should be up by this weekend, or just as soon as it's ready. It's being polished up now. It's among the first of the new article/reviews I've got flowing into the site, which has only been up since December.
In the meantime, come on over and have a look around. I've got other great reviews onsite now for you to read. My reviews are written by top industry pros, and the new content is going to grow fast and furious over the next few months, so send over all your welding buddies too.
It's at: www.welders360.com
Just click on any of the links to get to the articles and you'll see what I mean. Or read about me on the "About the Editor" page, then check out some reviews. It's a new site as I say, but it will be a top site on the web soon enough. We're working hard on it.
Rest assured of this: customer satisfaction is always my number one priority. And always will be. See you there.
The very best of luck to you in all things welding, or otherwise!!