Welll..... I build and fix and restore things for a living, so scopes are just more of the same..... but my Swift 831 - photo over in the 'say nice things' thread - took a bunch of time, two hardest parts were that the focuser shaft had bent and broken, I straightened the parts and had a machinist end-drill both shaft halves to take a thin spring-pin splice......and the objective never did put up good images, and it was not till I turned the collective wisdom of this forum onto the problem that we figured out that there was an internal edge-fracture in the crown, and I was then able to find (here) a replacement.
Fortunately, there's Robert Clamchip, I gave the defective objective to him for his collection.....so it wasn't wasted......
However, I gave up on the concept of taking my Polaris apart to clean and re-lube it...... a little penetrating oil worked in seemed to help, and it's not really a problem except in winter when it gets stiff, so I just don't use it if it's stupid cold....
I have an incomplete RV-6 in the shop, pretty battered, still not sure if it'd be smarter to part it or rebuild it.....but leaning toward parting it.
Also, I don't restore cases. They'd be the easiest, as I'm a cabinetmaker in real life, but I store my tripods all set up, and I store my scopes and mounts all set up also, so I build them new cases that are built to hold the mount with counterweights in place, and the scope with the finder and diagonal and all on and aligned and ready to go.
Edited by roscoe, 16 April 2018 - 06:10 AM.