I am biased, but my guys in St. Louis are some of the best IMO. Their website is below.
So I have decided to do like members have suggested and have the parts sand blasted and powder coated. Just need to find someone in my area who does it. Do you guys have any recommendations as to...
I second that vote.
Here are my thoughts: the machine looks to be in VERY good condition from the pics you posted. If you are really planning on restoring it, then you'll want to use methods...
Compression, spark, and fuel is what you need to run. No spark. Stuck float. Or junk it, sounds like a plan