Robert W Martel
I thought about boxing them too, and putting them out in the garage, but I'm afraid the moisture in the winter & heat in the summer would get to them ! I would forget!! I take pictures of each one as I buy them, I print the ebay page and keep it or the receipt in each box! I have a little database on my PC to keep track of each and every one !! LOL I gotta start building them faster!!
Funny I knew a guy when I was younger (20s) that was going to teach me clock repair,,, seemed simple enough,, don't remember why I never did! I tried lots of different things in those days, but nothing ever seemed to really grab me. I liked working on cars!
The clock I bought cheap,,, I forget $15 or 20$ on ebay. It was filthy! It actually worked but would only run for a few seconds. The main gear bushing was just worn out! So I just replaced the whole thing with a battery clock that I just happened to find one that was just the right size (sheer luck). The rest I just polished up and put on a coat of Pledge (aka Future),,, the same stuff we use on the models. It looks like brand new (well almost) !!
Funny you mention pocket watches. My grandma gave me one when I was pretty young,,, maybe 7,,, it was just a cheapie and I probably wound it too tight. Anyway I remember it being the first thing I ever had the notion to take apart. I did get it apart and was quite fascinated as to it's inards !,, but never did get it to work again. Thus began my career as a tinkerer. I was never afraid to take something apart to see how it worked. That's how I got to working on cars. I couldn't afford to have someone else fix them, so I learned to do it myself!
It never ceases to amaze me the quality that used to go into the making of things, and the lack of it today. That clock is as old as I am and would still work if I could get the little part!
Like a good old pocket watch or old car, if you took care of it, it would last a lifetime!
23. February 2017, 07:50