Another good tip is to watch the weld puddle behind the arc, not the actual arc itself. It's tough, because the arc is just sooooo pretty! But pay attention to how your puddle is moving, how long or short it is, and that will help you lay good beads with good penetration. Also get practicing on your out-of-position welds. i.e. up and down, overhead, etc. Those are the ones you're going to need while working on your truck!
As for the lincoln vs. miller vs. hobart debate... I think it's a bunch of hoo-ha. You've got a lincoln, so there's no real reason to step up to a big expensive machine until you know you're going to need it. Get used to using your welder now, and keep an eye out for a gas regulator and try to get a gas set up. My Lincoln 140 welds everything I need it to great, and I don't need to go hunting around for a 220v outlet. If you've got your own garage and are going to be building a tube chassis or something like that, then a 220 would be best, but for now, learn to use what you've got!
2003 FX4 Level II. Twin Shifters. Black. A few mods here and there.
Originally Posted by SuperGildo@RRP
Kyle's a smart man.