Finally after a very fun weekend (couple of hauls made) the sun showed up! Managed to prime the parts and as expected there were several imperfections on the finish.
Also worked on the lift mechanism, have drilled a hole through the post and the lift arm and a shaft will be placed to hold the lift arm. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the shaft placed inside the post, sorry about that. :D
Patched pup the imperfections and I am now waiting for the putty to cure. Once dry I will be sanding them, then another coat of primer. If all goes well, I'll be sending it off for casting!