If you want it pretty when done, vee it, weld it, grind flat. If looks don't matter weld it up as is. I would drill a small hole at the end of the crack before welding either way.
Sorry, no bigger pic at the moment but it's on the top front lip in the center of the bucket.Can we see a bigger picture of where the crack is.
My first thought, just weld it. I assume it's pretty thin steel.
No need to vee metal that thin. Drilling a hole at the end may help but I'm not sure about it. There is a greater chance of blowing a hole in it if you do either. I would try to find some metal about the same thickness to practice on first to get my heat and feed right.
I would just straighten with a hammer and dolly (or two hammers) and weld it up. If you can get to both sides I would run a bead on both sides then grind it smooth..
Ah, it came that way so I really don't know for sure but I can imagine how it happened.So the big question is how’d you crack your bucket?
Can we see a bigger picture of where the crack is.
That was my point.No need to vee metal that thin. Drilling a hole at the end may help but I'm not sure about it.