To avoid disappointment in the rush to buy your next project, treat every advert with suspicion. The number of old slots 'found in grandad's shed', 'don't know much about these things', 'selling for a friend', 'just needs a part', 'easy to find on ebay', etc., etc. is amazing.
At auction, treat every locked or jammed machine as an empty cabinet, or missing vital parts, because that is what it probably is. By the time you have drilled the lock back at the den, it is too late to do anything about it.
Auction house fees are at least 20% after VAT etc. - more if online bidding, except of course, our November Coventry sale, which is a very good deal.
Buying parts from the US is very expensive: VAT over £15, Customs duty and VAT over £135, plus Royal Mail's £8 handling charge and postage fees.
Use a good set of screwdrivers and be prepared to drill out snapped screws, which will not be readily available from B&Q, I promise. You will turn into a car boot/ autojumble fiend, tracking down odd sized nuts & bolts, locks, spanners etc.
WD40 is not an oil substitute & will rapidly wear off moving parts, but is good as a rust preventer and freeing agent.
Chroming is very expensive & rarely stops onto Ali for long before the dreaded white corrosion gets under it.
Cheap spray paint gives a cheap finish & won't last, use industrial paint to give a hard finish.
Had enough now, it's raining & my freshly painted Aristo won't dry