The finished piece looks nice, almost to nice? I assume the brass will darken up and then be fine. Did you have any loose linkage on yours?
Darrell, don't take this as a negative response, or a criticism, but I feel the need to represent an alternative view ...
Is there such a thing? Especially if someone is trying to restore their car to the best of their ability..??..
Linkage looks great. Makes me want to redo mine before I install the cowl panel..
Well, Yes, there IS such a thing as 'too nice'.. IF .. the goal is to restore to factory original condition (which is what the word 'restore' means to most of us (ie. restore to a condition it was in at a previous point in time.. typically when it rolled off the production floor, or into the dealer showroom).
When it looks "TOO NICE", the appropriate description is 'OVER-RESTORED', which is FINE if you want your car to look as good as possible, but it's not 'restored' to factory condition in that situation. Most shop 'restored cars' are over restored in today's environment, and probably it's driven by the customers, and judges at shows who believe 'prettier must be better'...
There are some auto organizations which take off points for 'overrestored'.. as that approach drives owners and restorers back towards where they should be, and strives to preserve the closest possible representation of the manufacture for that period of time.
Gary it was a joke.. Put the caffeine enriched coffee down..
Back on topic:
Have you tried to form the socket with a hammer and punch (or socket (as in ratchet and socket socket) may work better) to tighten it around the ball? Just a thought.