Ayup again George,
expensive? Well, you have to weigh up the pro's & con's. It didn't seem like a big job to me at first, but the sliding door has to come off to weld it all up properly, & that can be a bitch of a job in it's self. I could have done it myself, but i don't have any shelter to work in, & november ain't the time of year to be lying on yer back welding & grinding etc not to mention spraying in the cold, it just didn't work for me, so i had to pay. I also don't have the technology involved in welding bodywork & not fiking up the electronics. I would have had to get the mig bottle filled, buy paint (metellic) et all, so it was more or less cheaper to pay for a first class job. I've spent hundreds of hours working on classic cars i've had in the past, where life was simple, where if you disconnected the battery, only the clock stopped!
It's a whole different thing nowadays
In those days i was young & stupid, & would dive headlong into a big welding job & not care two hoots. But now i'm older & have more responsibilities, & can't afford to firk summat up as it just costs so damn much to put it right. Looking back, i sometimes think i was better off when i hadn't got a pot to pass in, when i would gleefully repair speedo cables 'cos i just couldn't go to the garage & buy an unobtainable part even if i had the money........ee lad, nostalgia isn't what it was in the good owd days, it's all gone modern now......