That was exactly my idea. Cleaned it up *just* enough so that it wouldn't catch on anything softConsidering your vision for the bike, I think I would keep the "It's not pretty, but the crack is finally gone." weld as is. Just work your rust solution into what's there. The 1940's speed shop guys probably didn't worry as much about show as they did go!
Not trying to Deebo your thread, but I absolutely love that, and I have a bike that has almost all of those elements in real life lol!I'm just realizing that I'm a month into this build and I haven't even mentioned the direction I want to take it in. I have a vision in my head that this bike belonged to the son of a speed shop owner in the very early 40's. They used the bike as both a parts runner and a promotional tool, so just any plane Jane bike wouldn't do. They wanted a Shelby Airflow, but couldn't afford one, so they set out to make their own. Ultimately, tragedy would strike and the son would be drafted and the dad turned the shop around to help the war effort, so the bike was left to be forgotten, Lost in Time, until I found it