by, 05-05-2017 at 05:13 PM (8719 Views)
Working on a Waterbury Rack and Snail marked "Patented Sept 13, 1898" shelf clock. Rack & Snail on back of movement, connected by arbor at the very bottom of the movement that connects to the front. On the front, the arbor has a small gear and a washer that holds on the hour pipe. The back side of the arbor has a large gear that prevents removal of the springs. The front side gear is very tight and I can't seem to remove it. Steven Conover Book 7 on page 107 shows a similar gear for a Waterbury "Canton" with "star" rack & snail movement, and show using a shim to remove the small gear. I've tried repeatedly to drive the steel arbor out of the gear as he describes, but I can't get the gear to budge. I don't want to damage the plates or the arbor/gear. Any suggestions?