Hello forum... I came across a Ridgeway grandfather clock over the weekend and couldn't pass buying it for the tag price of $35. At first the seller didn't know if it work, had all the parts etc. She just wanted to get rid of it at her thrift store. My instincts were, even if it's totally broken I'll just clean it and display it at my house. Luckily for me the clock works, I picked up a new hook for one of the weights that was missing and is up and running at my house. It looks like the clock was submerged in water at one point as there's some mold damage and there's a water mark all around the case, some of the wood split at the base. It could be flooding damage or moisture as the weather here in New Orleans is pretty humid. Should I remove the movement as I'm working on the wood case, I'm planning on sanding down the wood , probably stain it then a clear coat of varnish. I'm don't know much about clocks... first rookie mistake was lying down the clock for transportation in my SUV luckily no damage was caused by driving 10 miles to my home. I want to do this as a project instead of taking it to a repair shop.