Dating bedrock planes
I'm going to guess 1950 or so, it's far from scrap, requires a grind if you have a surface grinder but a good big belt sander will fix it, the blade can be resharpened, parts are available.
Mine wasn't much better when I bought it at a boot sale, it will take a shaving like a net curtain now, good exercise too!
Our high carbon steel blades can be honed more easily and will get sharper.
And our Cryogenically treated A2 blades will hold that edge longer.
Lack of fillets at the cross rib indicates type 3 or later, as does what I can see of the adjuster knob.The lateral adjuster has two dates stamped in, along with 'Stanley'. The brass adjusting nut is just under 1" and is left hand threaded. Type 6 due to left hand thread and no words on the adjuster? Couple more pieces of information: Overall length is 23 11/16" Lateral adjuster is two piece version The sides have flat tops, which would imply a Bedrock version, but there is no adjuster screw to move the frog forward. Or did very early Bedrock planes not have the adjustment screw for moving the frog forward? And I will say, that I was expecting at least a 'you bought a rusty piece of crap that at one time long ago a valuable tool, but is now a door stop', or perhaps 'it's a shame that it got left outside'.Could it be that a previous owner 'improved' a Bailey version to be a Bedrock version by cutting down the curved sides? Granted, this is a woodworking tool, but considering some of the past plane discussions, I would have thought this would have gotten at least some response.I've read that some Stanley planes are a mix of types, as changes were made and old parts were used on newer planes. I think that, as you suspect, someone cut the sides down. I've worn out new plane irons in a number of planes, though not yet quite a full blade in a #8.It's not going to affect the usability of the plane at all, though. I have used up 1, and almost through the second, in a number 6 bought new by me in the late 70's.