I've been working diligently on my stove for about 2 weeks now. So far I've disassembled most of the stove and thoroughly cleaned the inner body. I've also nearly finished with rust removal. Here are a few before and almost after shots. I still have a lot of work to do, but this is a sneak peek!
You may notice that the area areound the oven dorr is still rusty, as is the very bottom of the frame. I do plan on cleaning those parts as well, but the cleaned parts of the frame needed to be painted ASAP. Since the stove is out in the garage, and it's been somewhat damp the past few days, the frame was rusting again within an hour of being cleaned. I didn't want to spray it with a protectant, since then I would just have to wash it with soap and water before painting, and that would possibly invite more rust. If I ding up the paint a little during the rest of the cleaning, it's no big deal, since I can always touch it up. This way I'll save it from rusting over again.
I have quite a few pieces ready to be sent out to the reporcelain company, and as soon as I remove 5 broken screws from the chrome top, it'll be ready to be rechromed. I still need to clean the oven and broiler, but that's no big deal. This is nowhere near as difficult as I thought it would be. I'll be nervous when it comes time to turn on the gas, but that's when I'm going to have a pro come out and check everything for me.