Yes. Everything is fully purged. The (stainless) steel was not burned. It simply was not polished before welding as that's a complete waste of time. I brush all my welds after completion for ease of inspection and assure you they came out very colorful. I am a professional welder for nuclear plants, I know what I'm doing I'll take some unbrushed pictures of the other manifold when I weld it tomorrow.
I plan on jigging everything and will not be outsourcing anything. Given the extent of the modifications required, it will be offered on an as-requested basis.
The root pass. I have not ported out the runners yet.