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Mr LJ

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  1. Nothing to date.... other things have got in the way. Hopefully next week maybe.
  2. Thank you very much Roger, Harry and Neven for these valuable tips that you suggest. This gives me much food for thought and lots of thinking to do. I'll report back with news of progress. Cheers!
  3. Very interesting comment and thank you for your reply! This gives me some food for thought, I do think the pin that I made is too thick and would be a bit hard to bend, even with it being copper, probably copper is not a good material to use but I do have some much thinner material that I found after the job was done. Will try what you suggest. Cheers! PS. My face wheel has only 31 teeth would that make any change to your calculation?
  4. Hello there, I had a most enjoyable day yesterday in making up a date wheel for a 1770 Long Case Grandfather clock. It works! BUT.... it moves the date two full days, so obviously there are too many teeth on the wheel for correct display. How can I work out exactly the number of teeth there should be?? or is there any other get around ways to correct this problem? The wheel I made is a bit of a bodge as it was made from a winding spring barrel, the diameter was correct 48.74mm x thickness 3.62mm x 65 teeth. Thickness a bit too much, would be better if half stated. Teeth a bit fine but interlock with other wheel okayish. Are these wheel ready made up and available? if so where can I purchase one??
  5. That's no problem! all part of the welcome which I appreciate.
  6. Thank you for your reply, I can imagine that it would be difficult and probably impossible to make anywhere near exactly right. It's very hard to decide what to do and how far to go with keeping the clocks value in mind as well. The dial had been restored a long time ago and looks poor to my eye but was probably quite acceptable to the owner of that time. I'm aware of a restorer near to me but I'd imagine the cost would be high probably more than what I paid for the clock and I was stretching myself in just buying the clock let alone cost of restoration. There is a clock label dating it as 1770 and I'm based near Peterborough.
  7. This seems to hold my patience whilst restoring my clock dial....
  8. Thanks Phil, I'm no expert by any means but I'll have a good go at things I guess a good measure of common sense applies as with most things. So are you saying that old British clocks are turning up in your part of the World? What sort of prices do they fetch?
  9. Hi, Just joined, well.... first post after joining a year ago! I wonder if anyone can recommend a touch up for a damaged Grandfather clock dial. The usual damage, the broken away enamel on face from the post attached behind to fix to movement (I dunno what these things are called) On the left of dial I tested using a permanent tyre wall pen, looks okay but it's a bit too white. The right damage was because someone had tried to solder the fixing leg to the dial and burnt the enamel.... When I got the clock a couple of weeks ago both these damages were disguised by over painting that had gone pinkish... there were decal flowers attached, it looked diabolical.... having cleaned all that off it don't look that much better. So what do I do from here? A LOT of work I know.... I even found more details by shining a UV light across the dial in the dark and much to my surprise I could see the makers name (Kellett Bredbury)
  10. Now then... blimey it's taken me a year to make my first post! apologies for that. Well, I'm back because I've bough a replacement Grandfather clock. I've always been interested in clocks much to my wife's annoyance as her late Father was a watch and clock repairer, I guess the smells of clocks, parts lying around, which one is showing the reliable time etc has put her off. I have a habit of buying on impulse, cheap and often rubbishy things that I believe will sell on and make a bit too, often I keep things for years before letting them go. My first Grandfather clock which I reluctantly let go was a pine 30 hour clock, bought for £225 mid eighties sometime I regrettably let it go to a new home but did make a nice penny or two when pine furniture was fashionable. I now have, after a couple of weeks a nice cheap £225 again, nice oak/mahogany 1770 Kellett of Bradbury longcase Grandfather clock and I'm currently giving it a 'good' clean up and some general repairs. It runs okay although being a bit worn. Hope to show more photos if this one works.... using Google photos, (Fingers crossed that it works!)
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