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Restore, Repair and a new lease of life! 695

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Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:05:04 PM »
I had wanted to start this thread quite some time ago. Lets give some hope to the "hopeless". I know there is a TLC thread but I think that is more on the maintenance methods. Hopefully, this serves more as a inspirational spark to never give up on neglected tools.   

Do share what you have done to give a tool, knife, MT a new lease of life!  :cheers:

Got a really beat up PST on Ebay a few weeks back. The listed picture of the tool in the listing was a quite a bit on the horrid, neglected side. Most people will probably not take a second look. But on closer observation, I realize it a very early model. Base on the the PST chronology, It should belong to the early 80s to mid 80s batch. Meaning its at least 34yrs old now. At a buy-now price of $20 shipped, I think I would not be able to sleep at night if I were let this passed. A large part of fun and enjoyment of buying an old tool is cleaning them up which I believe most collectors will agree. So, here you go. The below are original picture from the listing. I lost the photos that I took myself.. :facepalm:

PS. I do not have the rights to these photos obviously so if the original seller sees this and want me to remove them, pls pm me or let a mod know, I will take them down immediately.











After many hours of love, sore finger and elbow grease. I have retained all the tools, only replaced the large flat head as it was broken. Peened the pliers pivot as they are hopelessly loose and aligned the pliers tip. I didn't want to do too much polishing or buffing so as to retain the nostalgic look and feel, so only sand paper were used to sand out most of the nasty scratches.










 :cheers:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 05:22:58 PM »
 :like:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2019, 05:25:46 PM »
Well done.

Addicted to sharp pointy things.
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 05:29:16 PM »
Wow !    great job Sam and what a steal at $20    :cheers: :tu:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2019, 05:31:06 PM »
That's great job! :cheers:

Two quick questions--did you soak the tool in vinegar to help with the cleaning?  And how do you clean out joint if not taken apart? :pok:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2019, 05:36:35 PM »
My PST Rehab
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2019, 06:05:02 PM »
Well done.
:like:
:salute:

That's great job! :cheers:

Two quick questions--did you soak the tool in vinegar to help with the cleaning?  And how do you clean out joint if not taken apart? :pok:
I didnt want to go the chemical way yet.. and I kind of cannot stand the lingering vinegar smell on the tool and my hands... I had the wire brush with my trusty dremel.  :cheers: I did unscrew the pivots with the magical Loki's wrench. One strange thing that I found out was that "JAPAN" was stamped on the file...

My PST Rehab
You know Steve, your post was what stirred me up to clean up this PST. Was almost going to just leave it as it is..

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2019, 07:52:58 PM »
What did you do with the file?  It looks really good.
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2019, 02:54:11 AM »
Sam and Steve, awesome  job on your PST restorations.

JonesE
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2019, 03:44:17 AM »
Awesome job on that PST, Sam :dd: :drool: :like:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2019, 06:25:10 AM »
What did you do with the file?  It looks really good.

Running wire wheel over it at low speed. Some oil, wire brush and dish detergent and brush to remove the dirt ay the end. Turn out pretty alright. Lucky there no deep rusting.
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2019, 07:01:39 AM »
Very nice both of you. :like:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2019, 11:14:08 AM »
Well done Sam :tu:

Begs the question though: why is there no Master Restorer badge? :think:

Cheers!
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2019, 05:07:59 PM »
That looks like a superb resto job!! :hatsoff:
Sam, if you don't mind, how did you peened the pliers without marring the pivot (that I can notice!)? I have a PSTII with the "hopelessly loose" pivot  and also in need to align the pliers tip ( although it is just about 1mm, so no rush on this).

Thanks in advance.

Edited to include picture of the subject!
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« Last Edit: July 20, 2019, 06:30:15 PM by Juan el Boricua »
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2019, 05:36:59 PM »
That looks like a superb resto job!! :hatsoff:
Sam, if you don't mind, how did you peened the pliers without marring the pivot (that I can notice!)? I have a PSTII with the "hopelessly loose" pivot  and also in need to align the pliers tip ( although it is just about 1mm, so no rush on this).

Thanks in advance.

I would love to see a video of someone doing that.
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2019, 07:12:49 PM »
That looks like a superb resto job!! :hatsoff:
Sam, if you don't mind, how did you peened the pliers without marring the pivot (that I can notice!)? I have a PSTII with the "hopelessly loose" pivot  and also in need to align the pliers tip ( although it is just about 1mm, so no rush on this).

Thanks in advance.

Edited to include picture of the subject!

You will have to see if the pliers are worth the time to do it. Some pliers are misaligned due to loose pivot. Some are really just bent. Trying to fix or align the 2nd type is a little pointless other then making it aesthetically appealing. But I am an OCD when it comes to pliers tip.. I can't stand the sight of them when they are off so I will attempt to align all of them at some point of time. Why there are no marks? I cheated of course, I use a large sanding disc with a dremel ( about 50cm diameter ) after I am happy with the result. The material to remove is much lesser than you would think. Note that peening does not always solve the issue though. I will this say again, I break more things than I fix... But everytime I break something, I learnt something new.  ;)

« Last Edit: July 20, 2019, 07:18:01 PM by Sam Lim »
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2019, 01:02:38 AM »
Thanks, Sam! I don't care much for the misalignment since it is a user but, the play/ looseness at the pivot ... :facepalm:

Will let you know how it goes; would like to participate in the PST/PSTII Challenge with it! :multi:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2019, 01:07:56 PM »
Another project. Bought off ebay at $24. Nothing broken, just pretty messed up with some gums/rust and such. blades and frame full of scratches.. More blunt than a butter knife. Gotta find time.







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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2019, 03:09:12 PM »
Can't wait to see the end result  :salute:

 :popcorn:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 03:45:05 PM »
 :popcorn: Good luck with this one. 

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2019, 05:10:15 PM »
Can't wait to see the end result  :salute:

 :popcorn:

+1

 :cheers:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2019, 05:10:41 PM »
:popcorn: Good luck with this one.

Yup, looks like he'll need it...

 :o :tu:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2019, 05:42:52 PM »
Oh I'm loving this!
Great restauration work Sam  :like:

May I ask what you use for pushing and buffing metal?

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2019, 06:22:05 PM »
Oh I'm loving this!
Great restauration work Sam  :like:

May I ask what you use for pushing and buffing metal?

My tools are pretty basic.. Most work are done with a dremel... Sanding, shaping and the small wire wheel.. I am pretty good with my dremel nowadays. But I seldom do polishing and buffing though.. Mirror finish is just too much work..  :ahhh

Probably will take some time, part by part. Gotta be fun.  :)
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2019, 06:23:43 PM »
 :hatsoff:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2019, 08:25:21 PM »
If it's not fun then it's to much like work :D

Good luck :tu:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2019, 05:38:14 PM »
Took it to my dremel to have a look. Armed with a wire wheel, he went at it. Pretty surprisingly under the mess, its in pretty good condition. Almost no signs of rust. Most of the stains are dirt, glue, carbon and some silicon. Blades are still messed up though. Hopefully there will be time this weekend to take care of the scratches. Its in much better condition than previously thought..






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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2019, 05:49:32 PM »
Niiiice  :tu:

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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2019, 04:12:12 AM »
  :like: :tu:
 :popcorn:
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Re: Restore, Repair and a new lease of life!
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2019, 05:43:08 AM »
Nice job Sam !   :like: :tu:

 

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