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Re: Another One

New postby Glyn Meredith » Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:31 pm

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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:00 pm

Thanks Glyn.

I've done as much as I can do with the pendulum.
Now the tarnish and dirt has been removed, inscribed on the base is the numeral 2 in a circle, identical to the other hand written ones found elsewhere on the clock. Also inscribed on the base is 'M1209'.
I guess it's to do with keeping the movement parts together as a group when the clock was assembled in the factory. Presumably some hand finishing was part of the manufacturing operation?

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Re: Another One

New postby Neilywatch » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:34 pm

Irwin -

The M1209 is a service mark - the clock has been fixed at least once before! :D
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Re: Another One

New postby brownsrplm » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:40 pm

Irwin,
A thought occurred to me that since the "C" clamp is made out of brass and fairly generic looking, maybe have one made? At least it would be whole and the appropriate type of suspension mount...
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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:21 pm

Searching eBay, I found someone in Australia selling 'new production' gimbals. I guess he must be making them.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121406896236? ... EBIDX%3AIT

At $38+postage a throw, seems a bit expensive to me. It's nearly, well a half to a third, of what I would expect to pay for a complete clock.

I've got the next clock (with this C suspension) on the way, so I'll want to try the suspension on the current clock before I decide which way to go.
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Re: Another One

New postby brownsrplm » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:42 pm

Seems a bit much to me also, however it does look like it wouldn't take much to make especially for some of the talented folks on here!
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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:45 am

It's not something I could do - that's for sure.
My best strategy is to wait for either the part itself, or an old movement being sold for parts with the gimbal attached, comes up for sale.
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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:04 pm

The next one has arrived, this time together with the C suspension gimbal.
While I check this one out and clean it, I'll transfer the suspension and try it on the original clock.

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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:58 pm

Now it's in place and the clock is tripping and it looks like its on the way to completion.

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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:37 pm

I still haven't found a lone C-suspension, but I did find another complete clock with a C-suspension.
Again it's a clock badly in need of a helping hand, which is how I like them, and the price I paid was only very slightly more than the selling price of a 'new production' C-suspension.

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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:38 pm

I've done some work on it and it's now looking a bit better.
I found that the base had been painted sometime in the past. I had thought it was just tarnished. I have yet to strip off the paint. I googled and the advice is to boil it in baking soda and water. Hopefully it'll strip off the paint.
Meanwhile, I've put the movement on another base for this photo op.

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Re: Another One

New postby brownsrplm » Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:41 pm

Looks great Irwin!!!
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Re: Another One

New postby Irwin » Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:54 pm

It's tough on the finger joints with so many small pieces to grip while cleaning them up.
And the weather is so foul that working on these clocks indoors isn't a bad option.
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