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Post by LarryC on Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:00 pm

Hehe I do collect these monsters also, what's nice is they wind themselves up, and have a pendulum tick tock sound.

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Post by Oldsmobile Man on Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:50 am

my 55 Oldsmobile comes with a self winding clock... if you listen hard you can hear the whirr of the motor... I have to get it cleaned though as sometimes it stops and you have to punch the dash to make it go...


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Post by Resistance is Futile on Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:54 pm

So, it sounds like they have a electrical driven solenoid?
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Post by LarryC on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:00 pm

The Self Winding Clock company made two different types of clock winding mechanisms for its wall clocks, one (early type) was a rotary motor, the later version was a ratchet motor type. Both can make a fair amount of noise when they are going. They were run off of batteries, or 24VDC external power sources. Most were set up to wind themselves up once an hour.
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Post by Oldsmobile Man on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:09 pm

mine goes off every few minutes... It may be busted...
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Post by Resistance is Futile on Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:31 pm

I remember when I was in High School we used to have a clock in each room. It would move the hand once a minute.

I found out recently that there was a master clock in the office that was hooked up to all others and sent a pulse to all other clocks it was quite large and had a pendulum, wish I had one of those. surely an antique by now as that was back in 1956 and the School had three floors and a full basement with classrooms, there were well over 1000 students. Madison east High in Madison Wisconsin still there and has a web page.

And when I was working at the Shipyard we had a Chronology Shop and had an antique Wall clock that used Mercury in it as a pendulum, it housed the mercury in two 2" about 6 to 7" long, glass tubes. And all of the brass ships clocks both 8 and 5 inch dials and about 100 small 3 inch dial ones that were Gimbel mounted in wooden boxes, Of course when the Shipyard started to downsize they surplussed them all, they were all brass. Sad
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