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Refinish or leave original?

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I am debating on restoring/cleaning up the LB 3056 I acquired. Its 39 years old so it has some character. Right now it is all original with some paint missing on the deck, a little bit of surface rust on the shroud and rust on the chrome push handle. There is a piece missing from the deck in the front. My wife mowed the lawn with it last night and seemed to like it. She said she had are old neighbor stop and ask her if the mower was from the last century. I would like to make it look like new again so people will just think that it is a weird looking new mower. I am no collector, so I would prefer to refinish it. But if I were to be doing it an injustice by redoing an original that an actual LB collector would like to have, well then I would probably just leave it alone.

My plans would be as follows..

Deck and shroud - Refinish in grabber green
Push handle - rusty chrome now, refinish in silver metallic or a light creme color.
Wheels - nothing- they are original green wobbly wheels.

What do you guys think?
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Seems every one of these decks I see has the same piece missing in the front. I have two decks like this, one is missing the same bit. I have another which is pretty much toast that is NOT missinf this piece. I'm thinking a little cut and paste (JB Weld, etc.) is in order for mine.

What I would do if it's original paint, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Spray Nine and then rub down with Fluid Film.
There's a nat rust removal product that you allow to flow over (whatever it is) by means of a resevoir of some type, a pump and a hose, and it desolves the rust and leaves behingd whatever paint is there. I'd like to try it out on a couple bricktop shrouds (any that still have paint left).

With something as small as a shroud, you could probably submerse it
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