^Not so fast, you haven't posted progress photos of your 424 in awhile...
^Clutch guard is fine. What you may not be seeing is the the dirt background is melding with the dirt on the guard giving the appearance of uneven lines. A grand is not to start, that was my all-in budget. As I stated, doing nothing is an option. The potential candidates, other than this one, are in far worse shape and would require substantial cash infusions.