I recently acquired a Criterion Dynascope Deluxe mount and I just started the disassembly process so I can clean and restore it. The mount looks like it has been customized over the years. A slow mo hand knob was added on the RA housing and a fine tune adjuster was added to the base. My plan is to completely disassemble, clean up the 1.5" shafts, have the parts powder coated back to an original black wrinkled finish, and have the legs replaced (they are 60 years old and a few cracks are present).
I started disassembly a few hours ago and all was going well until a noticed some paint flaking on the RA shaft housing. The paint easily fell of an revealed a sizable crack on the top side of the RA shaft housing. As I continued to disassemble I noticed a smaller crack on the lower lower side as well. Both are directly over top off the needle bearings. Is this an issue that I could have fixed by having someone weld it or is it too much of a problem to repair?