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    Default has't struck in living memory

    I have a long case - Mitchell & Russell, Glasgow - which has never struck whilst it's been in my family - 80 or more years I guess. If you turn the barrel by hand it strikes endlessly.

    I am not an expert - where would you start? Pic attached.



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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    Well the rack is in a dropped position. Something is stuck or binding somewhere.
    Your clock appears to be way past due for a take apart service. The strike problem could probably be repaired along with the service job and you would be good to go for along run.
    A good straight on close-up photo of the front of your movement might allow for a furthur diagnosis of the sticking point.
    Willie X

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    If it strikes endlessly when powered, it sounds like something called the Gathering Pallet isn't doing what it is supposed to. That's just a guess. As Willie said, we would need to see more to really have a better idea of what the problem is. A straight on, close up photo of the front of the movement (or video of the movement in action) would be ideal. The hands and dial would have to be carefully removed.


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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: Time After Time)

    Does it have smooth barrels for the gut lines? That's very unusual on a British clock.

    British museum say the partnership lasted from 1803-1841
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    80 years is a long long time. Was this intentional as some clocks are left alone after the passing of a family member.

    As to what you should do to start, give us an idea of where you stand mechanically and in most probability we can suggest the appropriate repair book or if you are not inclined then a referral to clock repairman.

    Much can be done with basic hand tools.

    RJ

    Quote Originally Posted by jayartibee View Post
    I have a long case - Mitchell & Russell, Glasgow - which has never struck whilst it's been in my family - 80 or more years I guess. If you turn the barrel by hand it strikes endlessly.

    I am not an expert - where would you start? Pic attached.



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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: RJSoftware)

    There doesn't appear to be anything wound on the drum.
    How many weights are hanging from the clock?
    Picture please.
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: Tinker Dwight)

    Doesn't seam to be clear on what your power source is. No power no activation.
    R&A it is what it is

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    R&A, Tink
    I think it has been depowered to keep it from striking continuously.
    Willie

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    Besides the striking issue. . . It's hard to tell from the picture, but it appears that the cable on the time side is frayed; I would expect the weight to snap that cable at some point. Bad news.

    Anyway, I would start by doing a total overhaul of this movement. There's lot of books and resources to do this. If you feel that it's too much of a project, I would have a professional do the work for you.

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: ddhix)

    Wow - what an amazing forum! I'm used to drongoes on the car forums who can be a little less than helpful sometimes...

    Anyway I like to think I'm mechanically competent but this is a new area for me. I will think about removing the front to take some better pics.

    There is no weight on the strike site and there has never been, certainly in my parents' lifetime. The drums are plain, no grooves. I can see the time side gut needs replacing, yes.

    It is a lovely clock - there is a picture of a carpenter in his workshop on the front and as the clock ticks, he endlessly planes a piece of wood in his vice.

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: ddhix)

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

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    That would suggest early in the partnership
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: ddhix)

    Quote Originally Posted by ddhix View Post
    Anyway, I would start by doing a total overhaul of this movement. There's lot of books and resources to do this.
    Is this one any good? https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Mai...ongcase+clocks

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: jayartibee)

    Quote Originally Posted by jayartibee View Post


    you could get books, but there's a ton of helpful information on this website.

    the search function here is somewhat lame, but you can use google by adding 'site:mb.nawcc.org' to your search params, as in:

    weight cables site:mb.nawcc.org
    i collect antique clocks because i get all that extra time...

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    Default Re: has't struck in living memory (By: bruce linde)

    -- to be honest, I think the snail is completely missing - which is fairly bad news...

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