Spent the early hours of the day driving between DC and nearly Pittsburgh to drop off the replacement bulkhead and a rear x-member at Mec Chemicals in Nanty Glo, PA to be dip cleaned. This will take everything off of them, and then another procedure for any rust. After the bulkhead is repaired, they will be galvanized and powder coated.
I need to clean up all the grounds mentioned above and put them into a bus bar (thanks to @lordhelemt for the tip) and that should clear up my brake light issues. I may be able to squeeze in a VA safety inspection on Friday. VA DMV is currently scheduling appointments out to Feb - but I've heard some more immediate spots open up around midnight. I'll give that a try tonight and see what happens. I can't imagine waiting until Feb for a title / plates.