I'd like to get the group's thoughts on a slightly off-topic question.
I'm in the process of rebuilding my small tractor. I have installed a new engine that came with a very nice muffler. The muffler needs to rotate around a bit, to clear the front loader gear.
I have cut off the muffler to cylinder head flange, with the idea of rotating it and having it welded at the muffler shop.
The original flange is the simple two bolt "oval" style common on small engines and it is made out of cast iron. I think that making a new flange that is thicker, hence sturdier, and nicer looking would be just the ticket.
Question: Can I use mild steel for the new flange? Will it rust out quickly or cause other problems?
Thanks for your time,
Steven Harris Everson, WA