tktoo, thank you for the input. Definitely considering the black finish, especially with those rusted through nails.
The most strange thing, to me, is the shape of the hardware itself. Clearly the screws have been tampered with.
As you can see here the paint(?) is peeling off like crazy. The shocks are very cracked as well.
Sorry about that, I had selected some to upload but apparently they were not successful!