The only problem with that is that the weld could never be finished smooth enough even with some serious metalfininshing technicques so that it is not seen. I dont mind spending some dollars for appearance. The cover broke in half completely. I worked as a metal finisher for years and there is only so much i could do as well. I have a nice techique for pollishing and refinishing aluminum, but this would stretch it and i dont think it would look well. Ther are chrome ones i could get but next to aluminum it would still be noticable.
So if anyone out there has one.....as long as the aluminum isnt cracked our gouged too deeply, Im interested.