Picture of the front. Perfect enamel, no dings or scratches.
Picture of the back. Mostly just surface rust, with a bit of heavier rust in one area.
Picture of the front, doors open. You can see it's in excellent condition, with just a bit of surface rust here and there. The top itself will definitely need to be refinished.
Detail of the top. It's in great shape. Just needs some sanding and new paint.
The firebox and underside of the cook top.
Detail of the water tank. I think it should come out and get wirewheeled. Should it? Should it be painted if I do that? What about the inside?
Worst rust on the whole stove. This angled piece will need to be replaced with some new metal since it holds the backsplash on.
The bottom of the ash pan will need to be replaced as well. That's simple, though.
At a minimum, I'm planning on cleaning up the stove top by sanding/blasting it down and repainting it with high temperature stove paint. I also plan on replacing the bottom of the ash pan and welding some angle bracket to the spot in the back right corner. My skills in this area are limited, but I have friends who have offered to help and teach me, so this is also a fantastic learning opportunity.
Specific questions would be:
- Should I take the whole thing apart and clean every piece?
- Should I blast/clean the entire interior of the firebox area? If I do, how should it be finished, if at all?
- Does the underside of the cooktop also get painted? If not, does it get treated at all?
- What do I do about that water tank? both interior and exterior. I'd like to plumb it in as a backup water heater if it holds pressure.