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    Hamilton Mantle Clock

    Yeah, maybe. It's the first movement I've seen with plastic parts. The rack was stuck up and I thought I got it freed up enough, but not so much. I get 2 strikes on the hour now, but that's all. I guess I'll take the rack off and give it a good cleaning. It seems like it doesn't drop fast...
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    Hamilton Mantle Clock

    I recently bought a Hamilton Mantle Clock (carriage?). The stampings on the movement are 72, 340-020, 2 jewel, unadjusted, West Germany. It's running great and chimes Westminster every 1/4 hour properly. The problem is it only strikes once on the hour, regardless of the hour. Is this correct, or...
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    Sessions time only calendar

    Capt, There is a small clutch on the handshaft just inside the front plate; it allows the handshaft to be rotated. It's not much you can do to the clutch unless the clock is disassembled. But, you could try a drop of penetrating oil on the area where the shoulder on the smaller handshaft gear...
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    Sessions time only calendar

    I recently bought a Sessions "schoolhouse" calendar clock for very cheap. It had a broken spring, so I took it apart, replaced the spring, and managed to get it back together. (I'm still very new to this) It's running and seems to be keeping good time, (it's only been a day) but I can't advance...
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    Make and age?

    Boy was that easy, THANK YOU!! I had read other threads about loosening the drive gear and advancing the barrel by hand and I wasn't real comfortable with doing that since there wasn't a set screw readily accessible. I contemplated, for a hot second, of removing the shaft that drives the barrel...
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    Make and age?

    Well, here's the latest in the ongoing saga of my Grand Rapids clock. I got it back from try shop in July, after them having it for 9 months. (thanks Corona) It ran great for about 1 1/2 months, then the center winder jammed. Back to the shop it went for repair again. I have it back and it's up...
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    Make and age?

    No, not definite on the maker of the movement, but I'm confident the clock is from the Grand Rapids Clock and Mantle company. It was chiming Whittington, and I agree, it doesn't sound good. I have it set to Westminster now and it's better, but I still want to fool with the hammer adjustment some...
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    Make and age?

    For all of those anxiously awaiting, I finally got the movement back and IT'S RUNNING!!! For whatever reason, I can't seem to attach the video, but if you search on YouTube for "Big Barnabas is running", you can see it run and chime 11:00. I still need to adjust the chime hammers as I would like...
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    Seth Thomas ship's clock

    UGH, this thing is giving me fits. The levers that control the 2nd strike are free and not binding. There is no consistency with this thing, other than it always stops on minute 27 before the first bell of the new watch. (8:27, 12:27, 4:27). I can definitely feel a bind when I advance the minute...
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    Seth Thomas ship's clock

    It's definitely got something to do with the chime. It stops. before the first bell of he new watch, 8:27,12:27 or 4:27. Going to take it out of the case and see what happens when it approaches those hours. Thanks for replying.
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    Seth Thomas ship's clock

    I recently received a Seth Thomas ship's clock for my office on my ship. It has a 115A movement. I oiled it and started it and it ran for 10 days, then stopped. I advanced the minute hand a few minutes and it started running again, only to stop again later. It has done this several times and...
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    Chelsea running too fast

    I agree, I really need to stop with the trial and error, especially with a quality movement like Chelsea. As time allows, I will start looking into classes. The shop that has my grandfather movement has already told me they would hire me in a minute as an apprentice. They have hardly anyone...
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    Chelsea running too fast

    Oh, I've had the bug for a very long time. I forgot to mention, I have the grandfather clock I built as my senior high school wood shop project too. It's currently at my parent's house, where it's been since it came home in 1980. This is the second thread I've got going on this web site, and...
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    Chelsea running too fast

    So I can gain knowledge and experience,so far it's working. I've gotten much knowledge from this site, and am gaining experience all the time. The clock was a gift I received many years ago. It's 1 of 2 Chelsea's I own, the other being a 6" ship's bell clock. But, you're right, I do have very...
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    Chelsea running too fast

    I did subject it to the ultrasonic cleaner. I didn't take the movement apart, other than removing the main spring, and put the whole thing in the machine. Now what??

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