I have been bursting to brag about this for a month or so. My Dad was a telephone man. When he died I inherited his desk. (He had a hobby of stealing office supplies, BTW.)
He had an old dial phone on his desk. It was heavy, made of metal with a ridge on the handset. It did not work. So I went on the internet and found a guy in Arizona who cleaned it up and installed a modern plug on it. Total cost? $39.00. I cannot recall the last time I have gotten so much fun from so little money. It rings with wonderful metal bells.
So before I left town I sent the guy an old wooden wall phone, the sort with a crank. I enclosed $100 to get him started on the repairs. My brother just got it back in the mail. Restored and working for %95! He sent me a fiver in change!
When I get home, I am going through the basement for more old phones.