Yes, that's interesting indeed. That's pretty much the final proof that the previous owner was mistaken about the RV-4 engine mount. At this point, I'm sure he just didn't recall the details, and was actually referring to the lower firewall weldments. I looked at those yesterday, and they're clearly newer than everything else, with a different paint finish, so the mystery is solved.
Appreciate the replies!
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