During a recent two day stint at Carroll's Rod & Racecraft in Spotswood, New Jersey (performing some secret undercover operations coming to a future Super Chevy Magazine issue near you) my inner beast had opened an eye, wanting to run home and fire up my MIG welder. While many of us own a welder, pipe bender and a chop saw - we sometimes need to leave the dirty work to a professional.
Many of us "Hands on types", can definately handle a multitude of jobs on our own hot rods, however many choose to outsource the work to a professional, and rightfully so. I know I can MIG weld my own rollcage into my ride, however I'd rather have it TIG welded by a pro for several reasons. One, this is my life and I don't want to trust my novice hands to a potential life ending accident at the drag strip. Two, professional chassis guys do this for a living, besides possibly saving my life (or somebody elses) the apperance of a professional job will be more pleasing than mine. Three, TIG welding is a more full-proof method of welding rather then with a wire-fed MIG, leaving the door open for potential cold passes and a structurally unsafe component.
I'm not trying to deter anybody from fabricating their own dream, only suggesting that you think with your head and not over it, as I have many times before. Weld on people! And enjoy every minute of it - just be safe.