Same here but there are MANY times when nutserts, rivets and other fasteners are the way to go for speed, appearance, lack of heat distortion, flexibility (ease of removal) etc. J-B Weld even makes sense sometimes!
Looks great man, I know saying next best is way overstating But it amazes me how many dont even trun a wrench on their rigs. Im all DIY or die.
Although not re welding, here's another Friday afternoon secret. Chrome shop owners, not that there are as many as there used to be, have their polishers do all the small hardware and bits on Friday afternoon in the hope that their employees fingers will have recovered by Monday morning.I will let you in on an old secret. Get a cold case of microbrew, show up at the welding shop at 4pm on Friday afternoon with all the pieces ready to weld and go, and you would be surprised how cheaply and fast you can get it done.
Here's an idea. Take a welding class at a local trade school or watch a ton of Youtube videos. Don't let welding intimate you. Then look at Craigslist or similar for slightly used welders. I picked up an as new Lincoln sp175 for about $200 years ago. When you learn to glue metal together yourself a whole new world opens up. Careful though because you can now be that buddy that everybody wants you to hook them up.