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  1. nibleyroad

    nibleyroad New Member

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    Stripped down seth thomas 3 5/8 movement for the first time, and reassembled. Only took 2 days but it works. My question is I have a few movements to practice on and try to repair Seth Thomas #89c &#4 1/2 they look the same .Are there parts interchangeable ? Next question what do you lay the bottom plate on to start the assembly? I used a duct tape roll but was not good.I would like to cut the assembly time down from 2 day,At my age have no time to waste
     
  2. David S

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    Some people use a roll of toilet paper. I use a 3 or 4" margarine container and sometimes a length of 3" or 4" plastic pipe.

    David
     
  3. harold bain

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    I use assembly posts such as Timesavers part # 13408. Get 4 of them. They keep the movement about 2 1/2 inches off your table.
    www.timesavers.com
     
  4. Tinker Dwight

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    Different pendulum lengths would have some differences.
    Things like the number of escapement teeth of wheels/pinions
    on the train. 3 5/8 and 4 1/2 are pendulum lengths ( I believe )
    and not movement model numbers.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  5. shutterbug

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    Personally, I prefer front side down for assembly on most movements. The only exception that comes to mind is the ST 124.
     
  6. harold bain

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    Yeah, some movements do dictate how to take them apart. I'm working on a Junghans two train with the nuts on the front plate. Seemed logical to take the nuts off with the movement up, but to get the mainspring barrels out, there is a wheel on the bottom held on by a pin that has to come off to get the barrels out. So, putting it back together the back needs to be up to simplify things (and should have been to take it apart). :whistle:
     
  7. Bogey

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    I use these with just about every movement I clean. I like the fact that I can also hang the movement on the wall to test it if it doesn't fit the standard test stand.
     
  8. Jay Fortner

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    X2, with notches cut in them
     
  9. Hudson

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    One option for holding clock movements is to use Cleco clamps. They require special pliers as pictured. The photo shows them clamped on the movement mounts, but they also work well on the brass plates. They have aluminum jaws so are less likely to mar the plates than some screw type movement holders. These are not expensive and available from many sources.

    Credits: This tip I picked up from the curator of the clock museum in Lockhart, Texas.
     

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  10. bangster

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    What Harold said.
     
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    It's nice to have two sets of these clamps, in case you need to put a movement aside and start on another one, also infrequently you may need three clamps on a movement.
     
  12. Kirk_Wallace

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    Dooh. Thank you Hudson. My Dad used Clecos for airframe repair and they have been sitting in a box for a couple of decades. Now I can put them to work.
     

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