If something is robust enough to handle a hard hit to a big pot hole, it's probably too heavy to be the best on better pavement.
Know any airplanes with gear strong enough to withstand a hit to that same pothole at anything above stall speed? Of course not. Runways are expected to be maintained, and the extra weight would reduce performance in the air.
As an A&P you're familiar with proper design and implementation of repair methods. Things like rivet spacing, knowing exactly the right type of rivet necessary as opposed to just filling the hole with a pop rivet, using exactly the right size drill and ream for the rivet hole, countersinking to exactly the right depth, deburring properly, driving the rivet to achieve the right shop head, etc.
You know that a test sample of two sheets of metal put together by picking a drill bit that looks close enough and popping a rivet through the hole will fail at a much lower load than a similar test sample prepared the right way.
My stand in this thread is that somebody who understands that sort of thing, takes the time to educate himself in the required areas and then painstakingly applies the knowledge to the repair of his car can quite possibly turn out a repair that would exhibit all the properties (excepting a small weight increase) of the original undamaged car. Could any Joe Blow with a cutting torch and a drill press do it right? No. But there are people that could, and the person who started this thread might just be one of them.
2006 McLareghini Bugatterrari, Storm Titanium... installed: air horn, Scroth 4-point ASM harnesses, Sector111 halon extinguisher and mounting bracket, Von Hep exhaust and rear panel delete, Pagid brake pads, red Volks CE28n wheels, Toyo RA-1 tires, Nitron SA coilovers, Sector111 (WorksBell) quick-disconnect steering wheel kit. awaiting installation: Scroth "pull-up" lap belts, Sector111 RTD Brace, Tony's heater bypass mod, and dropped steering rack mounting plates.