A while back a buddy and I had been talking about welding (he welds a lot in his job) and he encouraged me to start learning how to weld. Right after that I was over at his place and he fired up his welder and showed me how to lay a bead. Since then I have been practising with a welder I had picked up at a yard sale.
I had to repair the trigger and also the wire feed but it works and I have done a few things with it. One thing was I made a handle for my welding cart and some extra brackets. Well he brought some equipment over the other day for me to repair and asked me how was coming along and so I showed him the welding cart and some other things I had done. He mentioned to me he had a Lincoln 100 sitting on a shelf in his shop he not longer used. His wife cuts my hair so I went over to get a hair cut and he had the welder sitting out for me. It is in a lot better shape then my old one and it also give me better control over the arc. I do need to find a washer for the spoil so the nut doesn't try to tighten when the wire spoil turns.
It really made me feel good that he would go out of his way to do this. It's not a gas rig but at this point and time it will work quite well for what I'm doing and as you can tell in the pic's it is a step up. I'm quite excited about it.