Worst Punch Repair Ever?

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  1. hookster

    hookster Registered User
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    Just got this one in for repair. Think I'll have to make a preacher, then ream out, fill with a solid brass insert, and re-hole from scratch. punchedhole.jpg
     
  2. Willie X

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    Hooks,

    I would just re-bush with a Bergeon bushing. You will be surprised that nearly all the badness will be covered.

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  3. hookster

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    Or, if needs be, a bushing inside a bushing. I have done that before. Still, pretty shoddy punch work, eh?
     
  4. gvasale

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    That is NOT the worst I've seen. I always bush. No hole closing tools that work with a hammer in my tool box. A little JB weld and some bronze powder for a quick cover up.
     
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    That's not even close to the worse I have seen. Just watch your reamers though, some of those Smiths have gold painted steel plates.
     
  6. Willie X

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    Yep pretty bad. Would get a solid 7+ on my screwed up bush-o-meter.
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  7. Bill Stuntz

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    #7 Bill Stuntz, Oct 31, 2014
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    This one might be worse: Punched.jpg New Bushing2.jpg Front.jpg
    Still looks ugly, but turned out better than I thought it would.
    Interesting name coincidence: This movement is from a 1909 Ingraham Pallet, the thread right next to this one in inquiring about Gilbert Pallet Lock & Drop.
    I just thought that the different uses/context of the same word were amusing.
     
  8. moe1942

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    To criticize a repair made possibly ten decades ago doesn't take into account the repairers ability to purchase tools, or his families level on Maslow's "hierarchy of needs". Tough times then so maybe a bit of slack is in order... Did it work...yes. Was it pretty..."F" no...Carry on..
     
  9. bangster

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    Agreed, Moe. I've tried to make the same point myself. No sense criticizing past clocksmiths for not having the advantages we have today.

    On the other hand, it's undeniable that some-punch-ups are more skilful that others. The two in Bill's examples are particularly onerous (in my view).

    The first one shows a shotgun approach: keep punching a bunch of times until something happens. The second one looks like it used a screwdriver rather than a prick-punch. I rate both of those as ham-handed clockwork. :Party:
     

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