Finding a welder we could use to get this finished took the better part of the next day. He had a small miller 140 that couldn't weld a paper clip. Our other problem we ran in to was the fact that he didn't have a way to power a bigger welder in the garage.
After some searching we were able to get our hands on a miller 250 that was still in pretty good shape, lucky for him he took the small one in a trade so he got a pretty good deal on this one in the end.
The next problem was finding a way to power the thing. Running wire down to the garage or having a cord made was gonna cost quite a bit and if he ends up running wire down there, who wants to trench in the snow? So... We snagged a generator from a local rental shop and got to welding