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Don W

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 11:42 AM

the only thing I have to add is what I believe is the most important part. What’s the beginning condition? Add that to the rarity of the plane and you can formulate an answer. the older and rarer the more you want to leave it alone.

For instance, a type 1 pre lateral sargent bemch is pretty rare. If it could be cleaned up to look decent, then that’s as far as you should go. If its rusted beyond recognition, japanning peeling and almost gone, then a restore may be in order.

The restored piece will never be worth what an original is worth, but it will be worth more than the rusted piece of crap.

Again, we’re talking about the pre lateral sargent. Dig up a forged hand plane from the 1st century, leave it nice and rusty.

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