I picked up this Sorterized Arisaka m99 for $35 (it also included a new box of Hornandy 7.7mm ammo).
The gun was probably sporterized in the 50's or 60's, it has a nice walnut monte carlo style stock with an ebony fore tip. They shortened and recrowned the barrel and added a custom front sight and a Lyman rear peep sight. The bolt was modified using what looks like the back half of a M1903 Springfield bolt, and a custom safety was added.
I decided to turn this into my next project, here is a list of the things I want to fix:
The recoil pad is very lacking, the LOP is a bit short at 12.5", so a new "grind to fit" recoil pad will be added
Trigger guard is too wide, I will slim it down to give it a more graceful look before polishing it like chrome and hot bluing it
The Cheek weld is a bit big, I will shorten it both in height and length.
I will also thin the comb and add some flutes to the front of it, I will cut two lines for the border of the flutes, one will follow the lines of the pistol grip, the other will follow a straight line towards the toe
I will refinish the stock with B-C Tru-oil and reblue the barrel and action using the rust blue technique. I am in the process of mixing my own nitre bluing salts and if it works I will nitre blue the extractor and the screws/bolts.
The bolt will be polished and engine turned. I think I might make some custom pillars and glass bed the stock (I have to take it apart to see what the innards look like before I decide)
Finally I would like to try my hand at checking.
I figure I only have $35 in the gun and the value in terms of collect-ability is already lost, so I have nothing to lose.