Quote Originally Posted by Len Middleton View Post

I seem to remember on my FS V8 (ca. 1954) there is a carbon steel bracket that the front standard bracket is mounted onto, and that has some surface rust.

As it is about 7 time zones away, I am unable to examine it and describe it more accurately...

Based on the date, yours is a front-swing model. The front swing mechanism on mine, and yours, is all stainless steel - which isn't to say SS wil not rust, it will under the right conditions. Mine is #553, which makes it the 54th made with front swings.