I had a small pile of grimy OFRs accumulated, decided to clean them up and take the best parts to make 4 good ones, as I need 2 and have been asked to sell 2 more. As I'm getting ready to reassemble and configure as needed with mostly old-style arms. Five questions have arisen, hoping some of you with knowledge and expertise can help me out. Much appreciated! Differences of opinions welcomed also, as always.
1. See photo. I don't have a shop press, so what's the best way to get this bastard out of there? (I've only messed with old-style arms before). Just turn it upside down and beat on it, or what?
2. On the back of the plates, some have a grid pattern visible in microdot indentations, while others do not. What is the story with this? Does it designate a different manufacturer or technique?
3. All of these bases are 3.5mm thick, except one of them is only 2.5mm thick (the one on the left). What is the story with the thin one? Is this a legit Floyd Rose or is there a problem?
4. I know there were comments about this recently on another thread few are to link me to it, but at the fulcrum points, all of these appear to have at least a tiny bit of rust or crust, if not metal wear. I know some folks commented before that it is hardened steel, so don't worry about it, but what is the best way at least to clean it up to optimize performance and make it look better for the 2 that I'm going to sell?
5. See Pic. On the saddles, most of them have the little (brass?) foil pieces sealing the bottom of the holes where the saddle blocks drop in, but a bunch have them missing. Does this just mean that they fell out or got punched out at some point? Does it matter? If so, why?
Thanks so much for all input!!