This is a good thread, I enjoyed the pics and narrative and have learned a couple of things from it. I had an old Rockwell jointer about the same size. Wish I still had it. I have a couple of Craftsman tools from the same era (small table saw, belt/disc sander), and I want to restore them one of these days.
What do you think of the question of "restoring" vs "making useful again"? I mean, for example, do people put any stock in using the same paint (or at least color)? My own view is, I tend to care more about just continuing the useful life of the tool.