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Fly Repair

Tony Ambruso

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I'm working on an antique tall case clock. The fly on it is very loose on its arbor. A previous repair had been to put some rubbery type of adheasive over part of the fly and its arbor. I cleaned it off. It is very loose and useless in this condition. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to tighten the fly? I have tried pressing the metal closer to the arbor to create some friction, but it isn't enough. I was wondering if there was a trick to this.
 

Ralph

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Some times you can put a tiny wire under the pring, near the rivet, then try to tension it. remove the wire afterwards. It will allow you to deform it little more doing it this way.

You might have to make a new spring and rivets, if that fails. Is the spring worn? ....they often are, should be replaced.

There a lot of hokey alternative methods.


Ralph
 

Smudgy

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If you remove the fly from the arbor before pressing the hole smaller you should be able to get it.
 

Tony Ambruso

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I removed it and flatened the whole deal, and this helped. I didn't really want to replace it because of its age, if I didn't have to. I was afraid the "spring section" would break during the flatening process. I took the chance, and it worked out OK. Better than pouring rubber cement all over it. Thanks guys.
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David Robertson

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Tony,

Did you take the fly off of the arbor before you pressed the two sides closer together? You must do this, otherwise, as you have found, it will not get tight enough.
 

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