I'm pretty sure that you're being sarcastic, but I gotta say this. I really hate this trend of calling rust and neglect "patina". It's like some all encompassing term that makes it OK to let a car continue to rot while you drive it. The real ironic part to me is that people usually spin the practice as being "more authentic" or "more true to history" or some other such hogwash. That's not honoring history, that's letting history be slowly digested by oxygen and time. If everyone "honors history" like that, there won't be cars like this in another 70 years. You can respect history while maintaining and protecting the steel from corrosion. Rust is for weathering steels and folks who are too lazy to paint their cars. To the OP - Good on ya for saving this one. In reality, almost nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. It may take a lot of time/money/skill/etc, but just about anything can be done if you're willing to do whatever it takes. I will definitely be watching to see how this one turns out.