"restore my 65 Falcon with all new weatherstrip and glass. I have recently inherited a 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup"
With these 2 cars you will definately need a Mig welder. Go with namebrand. Miller, Lincoln-Electric or Hobart. I have the LE $309 special from Home Depot converted to gas. The cart and all the requierd tools for welding.
Do yourself a favor when starting. BUY A AUTO DIMMING HELMET. My welds improved 300% when I got mine. Harbor Freight sells them cheap.
I was going to buy the $650 LE welder but when I talked to the sales rep for LE he talked me down to the model at Home Depot. And he was right. The 9 welds that we had to do on the 65 Mustang were done easily with the unit I bought.
1970 220D, owned 1980-1990
1980 240D, owned 1990-1992
1982 300TD, owned 1992-1993
1986 300SDL, owned 1993-2004
1999 E300, owned 1999-2003
1982 300TD, 213,880mi, owned since Nov 18, 1991- Aug 4, 2010 SOLD
1988 560SL, 100,000mi, owned since 1995
1965 Mustang Fastback Mileage Unknown(My sons)
1983 240D, 176,000mi (My daughers) owned since 2004
2007 Honda Accord EX-L I4 auto, the new daily driver
1985 300D 264,000mi Son's new daily driver.(sold)
2008 Hyundai Tiberon. Daughters new car