Hey Pat, regardless of the split foot boards not being split, you can only do so much. It's not like you have a brass part molder, a diecast shop, or anything else that would make things simpler for you. Just the fact that you did what you did just shows how much you want something that should have been offered by manufacturers as real as can be.
I know you, Rick and some others showed me the Hudson topic and went in to detail of where most of those offered fell way off. Rick's recent purchase being the Holy Grail of what was the most ideal Hudson ever produced. What can any of us say other than you did a great job in showing that you can make a diamond from something that was a piece of coal that just couldn't get there.