Great looking rifle and a fun project! Congrats! Be patient and you'll find what you need to put this back together again!
My father-in-law was in the 34th Division during the war - N. Africa, Italy, Germany - had a pretty rough time. He wouldn't talk much about it but he did tell me that he brought one of these home with him. He evidently sold it to a co-worker in the DNR who "sporterized" it and hunted with it for many years, taking quite a few whitetails with it. He sold it years before my wife and I started going together. I wish I had that rifle now - sporterized or not - just for the sentimental value of it.
Good luck with your project and I hope you'll show some photos of it once you get it back to original shape. Thanks for sharing!
If a pair of '51 Navies were good enough for Billy Hickok, then a single Navy on my right hip is good enough for me . . . besides . . . I'm probably only half as good as he was anyways. Hiram's Rangers Badge #63