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A 26 tambour Ansonia mantle clock

tlw1344

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I rebuild an Ansonia A 26 tampour mantle movement. It has a rack and gathering pallet. On the half hour, the warning wheel is activated, the gathering pallet is turned. When the warning is released, only one hammer hits and the other is left half way up when it stops. I turn the hand to the top of the hour, the warning is activated, the warning is released and only one hammer hits. The Gathering pallet is turned about 1/4 turn and is caught on the teeth of the rack. I move the hands again, the gathering pallet turns 1/4 turn. I move the hands again, warning is activated, then released and the rack falls as it should. Then its back to square one again. I have moved the warning wheel a number of times but it still does the same thing. WHAT AM I MISSING? :mad: Any suggestions?
 

Steven Sandberg

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I am not sure what configuration A26 has but I am guessing the gathering pallet is not positioned correctly.

I would get the train set up with the warning wheel positioned properly and then put he gathering pallet in place so it allows the rack to drop freely after the warning run.

Steven Sandberg
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shutterbug

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Or stop the train when the second hammer falls, hold it there and adjust the GP to that position.
 

Randy Beckett

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Seems it would likely be a timing issue between the warn wheel and the strike wheel. When the hammer drops, the warn pin should be about 180 degrees from the warn stop lever. Then you can adjust the gathering pallet to stop the train just as the hammer drops. Not sure about your movement, but on many the warn wheel can be removed without complete disassembly of the movement.
 

Tinker Dwight

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On many clocks, one can remove the gathering pallet and find
a spot that the warning wheel stops that matches with the
strikes.
One would then put the gathering pallet back on.
Sometimes the mesh of the wheels is such that no sweet spot
can be found.
This then requires, moving the star/pin wheel on its shaft
or splitting the plates to move a tooth or two at the warning wheel.
Once the stop position is found that looks good, reset the gathering
pallet to clear the rack on warning.
Tinker Dwight
 

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