I bought this 28K because it came with a hand crank, totally rusted but usable. She was totally frozen, I must say that she was outside under the remains of her bentwood case since years. The price was low (5€, 5.5$), and after some discussions I could bring this piece of rust for 3€. According to Ismacs she is from 1909.
I own another 28K in good condition, so I ask you an advice about doing something of this machine. I oiled and clean the mechanism and now all move freely. The only missing parts are the tension assembly and the front plate, but I have some modern in my toolbox, and find a vintage one is not too expensive.
So, there is some options :
- keep it as is with varnish on rust.
- sand it and repaint, in blue, or in green with pink dots.
- use it as a door stopper or anchor.
- trash it.
I am open to all advices.