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Are there any formites, on the Upper North Shore Sydney, that repair the above clocks or know anyone that does ?
This one is over 100 years old, was on a wall working beautifully approx 35 years ago, went into “storage” and is now in a sorry state.
We have all the “bits” but I have no photos at this point in time.
Friesian is a breed of cow is it not? so you have cow clocks
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Enough of your bull?,%t
Its been Friesian so long its now frozen
The person who never made a mistake never made anything
Seeing I got no genuine responses, this is now being moved to the Restoration section of the forum
This thread started here then went to the Restoration forum for the case.
However, the mechanism had to be repaired and in case someone comes here looking for help on clock mechanisms (rather than the Restoration Forum), I thought I would do a final post here and recommend Darren from Tinonee Clock Repairs who took care of an extensive renovation of my clock's mechanism.
Here's the end result.
I also followed in the restoration forum.
Brilliant job, love the ornamentation!
The clock had been up and running for nearly four months with an occasional slip of the chain which has a 3.5 kg weight hanging off it.
Slippage got worse and after a free fall of the weight we took it “off line” until we got a chance to take it back up the coast. Of course Covid19 got in the way so it sat around.
Numerous phone calls all came back to a local clock maker only a couple of km’s away so I got him around to have a look.
The problem was wear and gear due to age - sprocket teeth worn, the chain links distorted and a loose rivet pin in the click spring which had been moved out further and further during previous service and repairs to make up for wear on the main chime wheel. The wear was so bad, it had almost worn right through the spokes
Heres some pictures.
Chime wheel with badly worn sprocket and click spring sprocket assembly on the back.
Chain sprocket and click spring sprocket with loose click spring rivet
Distorted chain links
A guy in Holland I was communicating with when I was restoring the clock case, put me onto a guy whose family has been making parts for these clocks since 1750. I was able to buy all the parts I needed from the company that originally made them - can’t get better than that
42 day wait for the parts to arrive, then the clock put in the capable hands of the local clock maker. He did a total strip down and a re clean to remove some rust that hadn’t been removed in the previous repair, rebuilt the damaged chime wheel and replaced the sprocket, sprocket and click spring assembly (required some fettling as many parts were made to suit) and new chain fitted. Apparently it’s very rare to find two clocks the same due to individual makers “tweaking” bits and pieces and making clocks to order.
Rebuilt chime wheel with sprocket and click spring assembly.
Purrs like a kitten with no sign of slippage.
Lovely to have ‘the lady’ back and running - heart beat of the house.
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