Took my windshield bracket to a professional welder today, because the metal should be MIG or TIG welded with a high duty cycle welder, and My MIG welder is but a 110 volt, 88 amp, 20% duty cycle.
I also have a 220 volt AC stick welder, but that type of welding is for thick heavy steels, such as snow plows, farm equipment, etc.
This weld shop owner actually insisted on cutting the old welds, shortening the bars and re-welding, thus restoring the bracket to factory style design.
First welding company that I stopped at was much higher on pricing, and they were not keen about cutting previous welds.
They wanted to cross-cut and butt weld the frame bars, which imo, would likely shear off at some inopportune moment in time.
Hopefully, the bracket should be a bolt-on affair when complete, sans a couple holes to drill.
I'll take a photo of it and post the image after the weld shop is finished shrinking the bracket to my specs.
*Hey Special Ed & Mr E: The guy doing the weld job rides a BMW 1200!