Merry Christmas everyone.
Body work is lower on my list of things I like to work on, but it needs to be done before I move on. I did just get a wire feed so I am itching to use it. Higher on the list is performance so if I stick with this project, more power will be added and welding would add strength as well as seal the seams up.
My auto body buddy says any place I weld a seam to spray it with a lot of weld thru primer so it soaks all the way in. Weld it up and then clean off any exposed primer, as it is better at protecting the hidden area, than as a primer under paint.
jrtrebor, that looks great. I saw the post on your Honda re-power. Iím dreaming of a v-twin, Honda or Vanguard, but first things first.
I never thought about flushing out the salty snow, but I will be doing that from now on. My new house is on a cul-de-sac so I get an extra large pile at the EOD.
This rust appears to be from sitting in a pool of the salt water. I have an Ariens ST504 that I redid the bucket on 7 years ago. More often than not I fog it with some oil that I have laying around after I dry it out with a heater. It has very little rust on it.
I do like the solid feel and looks of the handle on the Simplicity enough to pay more than it probably was worth. I was looking for a Gilson as it would match my tiller and looks even more solid, however it appeared that the parts are harder to find.
I like the idea of welding on a piece of metal to the shoes. I was just going to flip the shoes to the unused side but I will probably weld a piece on the wore down side.
Currently I'm thinking I will weld up some areas I think will add strength. Iím not sure about sealing the seams. Ill have to have a couple of beers in the garage and think about it.
Thanks for all the advice.