Yes sir. Good observation and reminder for those reading this or unaware. This is TIG welded and always clean any material 1/4-1” (depending on thickness & heat needed) from the welded point. Also a good reminder to always weld in a well ventilated area as well for any off gassing of impurities or unknown/unexpected potential toxins.Just a quick observation with the steel making up the box sections that form the front of the chassis. They look zinc coated. ?
It may just be the lighting but if it is zinc coated please note that the fumes from the zinc when you weld are very harmful. Every effort should be made to remove the zinc from anywhere near the weld points.
It is OK to clean parts with Brake Cleaner before welding. What is important is to allow enough time for the solvent to evaporate COMPLETELY.