Rathburn Clock

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  1. Curt Lefferts

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    Several months ago David Clauss of Clauss Clocks posted pictures for me of the affectionately named Rathburn Clock. Since the original post generated some interest I have decided to provide an update.

    I worked on this clock for some time now as it was in very poor condition. It is a Waterbury Leopold 8 Day calendar clock. After repair from a Jewelry shop in the Houston area, the complaint provided to me was that it would not run. The repairs performed are as follows; removed nine (9) Rathburn bushings, smooth and plug holes from Rathburn's, remove tooling marks from frames to the extent possible, install new brass plug in steel frame and depth for new bushing, install new bushings for all pivots, install new click springs, fabricate and install new J hook, Straighten both frames and all posts, install new suspensions spring, polish all parts and pivots, repair case damage, reassemble movement and chase all strike levers to proper position.

    The clock was inherited by a woman from her father and has deep sentimental value to her. Thanks to David and Richard Cox for the moral support and advice along the way.

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  2. tom427cid

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    Kudos for a difficult job well done.
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  3. Allan Wolff

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    Looks much better. Very nice work!
     
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    Rathbuns, Rathburns - whatever - but it certainly looks better without them! Kudo's!
     
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    You are a very patient man.:D
     
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  6. Kevin W.

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    Well done. Looks way better.
     
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  7. kinsler33

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    This looks like a benighted steel-plate Ingraham that keeps stopping after a similar treatment, though mine doesn't have a calendar. What did you use for winding-arbor bushings? I turned mine out of brass rod, but the steel plates don't cooperate in holding them in place. Finally had to resort to solder

    M Kinsler

    this piece of brass should serve to identify me...
     
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  8. claussclocks

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    I think he did an excellent job. He is now and will be a credit to clock repair.
     
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  9. Curt Lefferts

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    The winding arbors were in good condition and did not require bushings. However, as I seem to receive some extraordinarily repair requests I will work on that. I have several scrap frames to practice with.
     
  10. R. Croswell

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    I don't want to hijack this thread but I do find it interesting that you had problems retraining brass winding arbor bushings in steel plates like in the OP's movements. Perhaps you would like to start a new thread on the issues of bushing steel plates? I expect others have faced this same challenge.

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