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I am restoring this engine and am curious why the clamp brackets are welded together. It looks like it was done at the factory prior to painting. Any ideas? I plan to cut it apart. Thanks!

Re: WD4S

At least some 1940 model year Mercury and Wizards had clamp assembly
that were not welded. All 1941 and later model year motors have welded
clamps. From a manufacturing time and cost basis as well as a parts
inventory basis, a single welded assembly would be more efficient and less costly. Keeping track of a one piece assembly is easier than making sure you had both a right and left.