Hey There, Thank you very much for your input. The only parts that are really deeply rusty (I am a merchant mariner, my rust scale might be different as rust is a way of life here) is the sheet metal. With regards to that, I was entertaining have a local body shop blast those parts (hood, fenders, gauge console)
The rest of the cast parts I'm pretty sure I can get good enough for my goal.
To be honest, that cast parts are probably more chipped paint and grease than anything. The sheet metal looks awful.
thank you so much for your help though... any thoughts on a good paint manufacturer? We use PPG on the ship, not sure where I can get that at home though.