yerf dog is a good brand and if u can find them cheap on craigslist.
sure but it will probably take longer than if you use a wire feed. you might have to cut the rod in half to get to tight places. and a stick welder might be to hot and burn through the pipe you use for roll bar
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Turnbuckles, pulleys and cable, routed from the shaft of the steering, down through a pulley on each side, to each side of the front axle. The turnbuckles at the axle end, take the slack out of the cable.
You probably blew the motor up. They won't last long without a functioning governor.