Clock Movement that needs some help

justinabshire

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I recently bought this clock from a thrift store and lets just say it looked like the previous owners used an entire can of WD40. I recently cleaned it twice with dawn and hot water and I can’t seem to get it to tick any tips or things to try would be greatly appreciated Or something else to clean it with.

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JTD

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Did you take it apart or just put it complete in the wash?

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Look for worn pivot holes. Shake the main wheels back and forth look for slop in the pivots. It stopped for some reason hence the WD40. Without taking it apart and doing a proper cleaning and repair you're doomed to failure especially with an old count wheel cuckoo. Lots of information here and lots of people willing to help if you wish to do so.
 

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You have one of the better cuckoo movements there, and it's pretty old. Probably 1950's or 1960's era. I don't see any evidence that it was ever serviced. It's going to need some bushing work, and it's not an easy movement to work on. I'm afraid you're going to be forced with a decision. Either learn how to service clocks, send it to a repairman, or get rid of it. You could probably re-sell it as a non-working clock if you wanted. If you decide to have it serviced by a pro, expect a bill between $200.00 and $300.00. New cuckoo's don't have the quality movements like yours, so if you like the case it will be worth the cost to get it running.
 

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You have one of the better cuckoo movements there, and it's pretty old. Probably 1950's or 1960's era. I don't see any evidence that it was ever serviced. It's going to need some bushing work, and it's not an easy movement to work on. I'm afraid you're going to be forced with a decision. Either learn how to service clocks, send it to a repairman, or get rid of it. You could probably re-sell it as a non-working clock if you wanted. If you decide to have it serviced by a pro, expect a bill between $200.00 and $300.00. New cuckoo's don't have the quality movements like yours, so if you like the case it will be worth the cost to get it running.
Well as for me working on it I am not 100% sure. If I were to replace what is the name of the movement?
 

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That movement is not made any more. You might be able to mount a different movement in it, but they are not easy to get right.
You might be able to find a rebuilt movement on Ebay, but you never really know what you're getting.
 

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That movement is not made any more. You might be able to mount a different movement in it, but they are not easy to get right.
You might be able to find a rebuilt movement on Ebay, but you never really know what you're getting.
What is the name that I should search for on eBay
 

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Enter "count wheel cuckoo movement" and try to match the shape with what you have. Any markings on the movement would help. Be sure it has been rebuilt, and ask what was done. If the movement was not disassembled, don't buy it ;)
 

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