Well, here we are all disassembled and ready to go. This is the plan of attack:
- Put the plane body and frog in a bath of white spirit to de-grease and loosen all the crud that has accumulated over the years.
- Remove any rust and loose paint and mask up for a respray. Two or three coats of rust preventing paint and we should be good to go.
- De rust and de-grease all of the steel components – screws, washers, iron, cap-iron etc.
- Polish up the brass components – depth adjusting nut, handle nuts – as well as the lever-cap.
- Strip the handles of the old paint, scrape and sand to bare wood if possible, and refinish.
- Lap the mating edge of the cap iron, and sharpen and hone the iron.
- Lubricate and reassemble.
It looks as though there is not a lot of rust to contend with. I think the problem areas are going to be the handles and the iron. The paint on the handles will take a lot of stripping and the iron is in pretty poor shape. We’ll see…