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Hi, Folks:

I'm afraid its been a little while but its nice to be back. I am taking on a kind of Fun project just to see where it goes.


Most of you are familiar with the WESTCLOX Pocket Ben series beginning in 1917. These are commonly relegated to the "dollar store" category and as we see the construction degrade to ever-simpler manufacturing techniques over the years its not as though the label has not been earned.


My challenge is to disassemble and service a 9-67 Pocket Ben since it seems to be pretty close to the cut-off where rivets secured the plates rather than screws. Maybe sometime down the road I might even try drilling out the rivets and reconstructing by tapping the stubs for screws. Who knows. Right now my thought is that common lubing techniques for the gears are not going to work as many of the gears themselves are peened to the plate. Commonly accepted lubing guides are not going to apply here.  If anyone has suggestions for how I might tweak accepted standards and practices to account for this situation I would certainly appreciate it.  Please remember...I'm taking this on just as a challenge for myself and to stimulate discussion, so I acknowledge that these have never been huge candidates for servicing and rehab, 'kay?

Best Wishes,


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Thanks so much for the suggestions. 

I have watched "BUNNSPECIAL" before but have some strong reservations about his approach and techniques. I have a kind of rig to photograph my disassembly and did use the second link to load a book reviewing WESTCLOX that I had not seen before. Again..many thanks. 

Best Wishes, 


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