Last night I purchased this plane at one of the local antique store ( the same place I bought my #7).
The asking price was $55.00, I offered $30.00, I got it for $38.00.
The plane is in almost perfect shape, it has only one chip on the Japanese, the blade looks like new and the sole was quite flat.
The only serious issue was that the sides were way out of square with the sole.
It took the plane all way apart to clean it and to tune it.
While doing that I broke the short screw holding the handle. I was able to drill it out and to re-tape it.
I squared the side on my Ridgid oscillating sander with the belt one, I worked perfectly!
Then I sharpen and polished the blade and then after installing the blade back in I flattened the sole.
I then refinished the wooden parts and cleaned and smoothed all the other parts , the casting and the frog mounting surfaces.
I used car polished on the Japanese which now looks like new.
This plane now works like a charm but I have a question: which kind of plane is it?
The casting says Bailey made in USA -#5. The blade says Stanley.
No other marking.