I know zippo about welding so I brought this to a buddy to tig tack for me. First thing he commented on was the cast pump being so porous and not the best for welding, especially with a steel pickup tube (two different metals). But after cleaning off the oil with some laquer thinner and a small bit of grinding to smooth things up, he got it together. Was on there about 7 seconds and it didn't get too hot on the spring side. Looks good to me but I have no idea if he did a good job or not. Doesn't move, that's for sure. Wondering if I should grind away some of that "tail" section or at least smooth it down. May not be necessary. Would like some opinions before I button up this motor. Also going to bring this to my machinist for his review as well. thanks guys!