Plato Clock

szl

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Hello-My latest acquisition is a rectangular Plato Clock-likely Ansonia. The movement does run. However, the leaves do not change. Anyone out there-expert in the repair of these clocks? Guidance to get this clock to keep time will be much appreciated.
-steve, chapt. 31
 

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I'm not following what you mean, Steve. Could you explain "the leaves do not change" for us?
 

szl

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Hello-The time does not change. The number do not move. The movement is running--it is ticking. Thanks. -steve
 

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If the celluloid number flags are correctly flipping from one side to the other when turning the set knob in the correct direction, releasing from one keeper and staying behind the other, yet they do not move when the clock is running, then it can only mean that there is no power getting to the arbor that carries all the flags. That can only happen in a couple of ways... Something is slipping, like a clutch tension spring or a gear is loose, or a part is missing... Maybe a pin that should be connecting the movement to the flag arbor, or a set screw.

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szl

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Jon...Appreciate the insight. However, you are communicating with a less seasoned clock hand than yourself. That said, can you guide me to pinpoint the cause? How do I separate movement from the flag arbor to troubleshoot the reason for no power?
Thanks again....steve
 

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Ahhh! Now I get it :) There are good pictures of the movement in that PDF file, and the connection point between the movement and the upper part is shown pretty clearly. That is were you'll have to look for the solution to your problem. The upper part should be handled pretty carefully so the leaves don't come unhooked, or you will have fun getting it back together. You might want to let a pro look at it for you.
 

szl

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Thanks gentlemen. I will proceed with great caution. Wish there was a little more explanation to go along with the photographs in that pdf file; although quite helpful. All the pros I know are not interested in working on this clock.
--steve
 

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Thanks gentlemen. I will proceed with great caution. Wish there was a little more explanation to go along with the photographs in that pdf file; although quite helpful. All the pros I know are not interested in working on this clock.
--steve
I actually have one sitting on my bench waiting for me to get to it. It's mine, so I'm not in a hurry :)
 

szl

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Shutterbug--When you finally get to it...perhaps then you can share some specifics which will help me revive the one on my bench. Thanx. --steve
 

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