I've considered it, especially with the labor expense of replacing panels. Also mine is a hardtop. They tell me a hardtop shell is coming, but 12 g's for a ragtop shell is a lot. Also I have been informed there are legal issues with welding in my old firewall to use the vin and such. (basically I've been told by law enforcement here in NJ that if I do that, its illegal, and they can confiscate the car)
Check your state regulations first. Since mine is a basic plain jane, not some ultra rare 6 figure model, I just bought a mig welder, and will be off to the wrecking yard or body shop for a trashed body panel to learn on. Then if all goes well, I will do my best at replacing the panels with aftermarket.