I decided to start working on a Schatz ships clock and can't see how to get the movement out of the case. I removed two screws from the back, removed the face and was wondering about the screws on the front. Are they holding the plates together or can a couple of them be safely removed?
Got it out, thanks. I had taken out the two directly opposite on the back, but left the three that looked like they held the gong. There were actually only two holding the gong, so got the last one holding the back and out it came. I did get courageous and take out those on top, but they seem to only hold that circular cover plate which doesn't seem to actually interact with anything. This clock may not have been used much. The pivots do have a little more than "new" movement, but no clock stoppers. The curious one is the winding arbor on the strike train. Looks like someone tried to close up the wear slot with epoxy. That'll get a bushing if I can figure how to get the hole in the right place. Looks like I need to add a preacher to the toolbox.
I decided it would just be easier to make a new plate than hunt around for a donor clock. Since I wasn't trying to cut every penny for saving production costs, I added a little more material on that bottom edge and put a bushing in. The plates are only 1mm and there was a bit more arbor to support so so the added bearing surface should improve the wearability of the part. The clock also needed a bushing in the time train. Those little L59 bushings are a challenge to hang on to.