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arutha
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Ed,
I am going to throw in my two cents, it sounds like you have the same problem as me, its called being a magpie! You see a clock, its cheap, you buy it. The problem with this is you can end up with so many clocks it becomes a little overwhelming. I have had to stop looking at clocks on e-bay because each time I do I seem to end up with a new one. Not because I need it, but because it is cheap. I probably have somewhere in the region of 60-70 clocks. It is absurd if you stop to think about it, firstly where in the hell am I going to find time to repair and restore 60 clocks? Then there is the cost of the bits and pieces these clocks need. Do yourself a big favour and say ok, enough is enough, for every two clocks I get out the door I will just buy one new clock. That way you start cutting down on what you have knocking around, if you are strict about this it will also help give you the incentive to get the ones you already have done.
You mention also buying a staking set for bushing, you dont need a staking set for bushing, you need bushes, cutting broaches, smoothing broaches, a hammer and some anvils, small rat-tail needle files (for evening out the wear in the pivot hole so when the broach goes in it is cutting in the correct place) and something to cut the oil sink(Steel ball burrs work well for this and they are quite cheap). Anvils can be any bits of steel with flat faces, give them a polish so they dont mark the brass(I have also polished the face of my hammer so it doesn’t mark the brass plates). Work on an old movement and bush it, just keep doing it until you are happy that you are comfortable doing it, you can hardly see where the bush is and you dont move the centre of the hole. be brave and if you run into any problems we are here to help, just ask :)
Sometimes the daunting tasks turn out to be the easiest and you look back and wonder what all the fuss was about?
Paul.

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