Spoiler: They’re done.
In the past few days I’ve made the two smaller patches for the driver’s side (in hindsight I probably could have saved some effort on the passenger’s and done it this way too, but the weird bends from a long-ago fall-off-the-jack complicated things).
With some weld-through primer on the backs of all the pieces (better than nothing) and the area-to-be-mounted-to prepped, today after work in they went.
After that I looked at the clock and said “hey I have time to keep working” so I seam sealer’ed over the welds (and unused holes intended for plug welds, some of which I ended up skipping for various reasons) and hit it with primer to match the rest.
Next up: I’ve got a broken bolt I’ve been meaning to remove (can be seen above, far left) but keep forgetting about, I left the welder in the way so I remember to get to it tomorrow. After that, the suspension/steering will come off so I can clean up the frame.
Other news: shoulder still hurts some but I think it’s getting better. I’ve been avoiding working in positions which hurt and overall taking it easy on that arm when possible.