I came across an old newspaper clip from 1987 when my clock shop had a full retail division. That’s me in the picture when I still had hair.
Those were the days!
Loved selling clocks and making customers happy.
Four faced tower clock on Hayden Road north of Thomas. Taking all four sets of hands off to be power washed and then powder coated. I’ll post pictures of the completed project. Stay tuned.
Hands and ratio gearing are back on after straightening the bent shaft.
Seems to be doing fine.
The view from the left side between the plates shows a large chrome cylinder or barrel that houses the mainspring. Above it is the more conical shaped cable drum that, together, comprise the “fusee” powertrain. The fusee was invented long ago to provide more consistent power from the mainspring throughout the winding cycle. Mainsprings tend to impart more power when they are fully wound, then lose power as they unwind. The fusee compensates for this. More consistent power results in more accurate timekeeping.
The small “office” clock over the control switch allows the tower clock to be set without having to actually have the tower clock in the line of sight. What is shown on the office clock is what the tower clock will display (assuming I did it right!)
This certainly isn’t the tallest or most challenging tower clock I’ve repaired, but it’s another one under my belt. This one is in Mesa, AZ, in an old shopping center that is undergoing renovation. The center was originally built in the 60’s.
Is this a cool clock or what??!! The hands are off because I repaired the bent shaft and I’m testing it. I’ll post a video or pic with the hands on later if my repairs were successful.
Video production by Erica L. Lang ~ student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
Making the new axle pin for the pulley. Start with a raw piece of steel rod and turn it into a custom part.