Originally Posted by Handyandy
Yes, you definitely have a post-war 999. A very crusty post-war 999. Might be good for parts. the trucks look pretty bad.
Plenty of life left in that puppy, I'd think...
The shell looks solid, the drive wheels look solid ... I'd hope the motor could be cleaned / lubed to get running nicely again.
While the trucks/wheels/axles look pretty rusty, I've cleaned up worse. Here's what I'd suggest: A careful derust with a Dremel stainless steel brush (#530, I think) ... If you're patient, that will get down to shiny bare metal. Then, you can "gun blue" the wheels and axles, and either gun blue or paint the truck itself. The gun blue will give a very pleasing black finish, though it won't protect from future rust like paint would
Some discussion on "gun blue" here:
The Dremel stainless brush will derust the drive rods, too ... after getting down to bare metal, you can clear-coat those with some airplane dope.
More Dremel action on the pickup plate ... nice shiny copper buried underneath all that tarnish.
Plenty of life ... plenty of life ...