Early Hogshead without the reinforcement ribs around bolt holes. Nice shape except for a small crack on front right corner, may be a easy fix. See pictures. Give me your best offer plus shipping.
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That "aged" aluminum seems to be really tough to weld - I've several of those in the scrap pile.
Having welded my share of early aluminum castings, Iíve found the base material welds OK. Like this one, they are usually completely saturated with oil, which makes the job a bit tricky. Clean! Clean! Clean! And when you finally think itís clean... Clean it again! Best way Iíve found, is to use lots of detergent... then lots of heat! Heat the casting till it sweats oil and gasses off, then stainless wire brush and more detergent. Repeat as needed.
The worst is when there is heavy corrosion. Then the only answer is to grind beyond the corrosion, and build up and shape as required.
No signs of corrosion in the above pics, just oil and dirt. Very repairable. It will take patience... but can be done without major expense or time investment. If you buy this hogshead, Iíd be happy to talk you thru the repair.