A long time ago I bourgt an old seat T-bar very cheep for my Flathead. For some reason it has previously been extended in the middel and shorted up in the front.
To my surprice the joints was brassed, witch make my think that the extension might be a very old modification..
I chopped it apart and welded it back together in the original dimentions and sand blasted it to get a similar surface all over. Now it looks just like an original never touched $99.00 eBay part : )