Well, today I started by thoroughly cleaning the donor framehead, just to see what I had on my hands. 7 hours later, I had cleaned, prepped, and disassembled it! I even got to work cutting out part of the old pan where the donor pieces will go.
I was going to wait to hear back from some friends and family about the technique to get the good metal out without damaging it. I decided just to do it on my own, take it slow, and stop if I encountered a road block. In the end, I did end up talking to Shawn who basically confirmed what I had already done.
|area marked, you can also see the rot/thin metal|
|inside was as expected.|
|the bottom plate of the "new" hat. also just minor surface rust. great condition.|
|what the "ear" looks like separated.|
|and a better look inside.|
Remember how terrible the aftermarket parts were...I think getting the right parts will be worth it after all. Even after the drive to California and back. :)