oh my gawd ! this is the best thread in Fabrication !!!
i think the guy was trying to weld 1/16" steel with a 1/4" rod , or he dropped this kit in an erupting volcano or something.
To me it looks like the dude did some hilbilly tig welding on the first one.
Step one: Insert electrode into stinger
Step two: Take additional electrode and break all of the flux off
Step three: Crank up the welder
Step four: Strike arc and subsiquently start dipping the second rod into arc as you do so with tig and make a molten blob of crap.
Step five: Let cool over night then install in your car........
looks like someone used the long-arc, or SPRAY ARC method to weld it tho..