In the end, to make me happy with my pruchase, I needed a new mower. Rust on my new mower just doesn't cut it, sorry. It's interesting to see that there are people willing to spend thousands of dollars and recieve equipment that already shows wear. Well, to each their own, I guess.
Here is the replacement mower. Maybe they labeled me as a PITA, but they got paid, and I got what I wanted, so everyone should be happy.
Pics in the thread above.