Howard Miller Grandfather Clock Damaged in Cross Country Move

This post is Howard Miller Grandfather Clock model 610-481.  This clock was shipped cross country and was badly damaged.  This clock is approximately 30 years old.  It is a nice clock with a Urgos triple chime movement with moon dial, beveled glass and two door access.  Here is a picture of the label.

The following pictures and text define what problems were found.

Here is the clock at its current location.  Notice the door frame is 1/2 gone.  The glass did not break which is a miracle in itself.  The door frame was removed and will be rebuilt.

The next 2 images shows that there was some major strain on the front of the clock.  Not knowing what happened it appears that the clock fell on its back.  Notice the face and mechanism of the clock is in the proper position on the left side of the case but on the right side, it is pushed in.  The lines below shows the angle of the alignment.
 Here is another picture of the mechanism pushed to one side.  This could only be caused by the clock falling in its back.

Here are 3 different views of the damaged door
 Looking down at the bottom of the clock
 This is a good view of the frame.  The frame was broken into 3 pieces.  This view is just one of the sections.
Again looking down at the bottom of the clock.  



<<  here is a picture of the door rebuilt >>

<< with glass installed >>

and with the glass installed.  Thankfully the rubber glass mounting material was still in good shape.

Other problems include extremely bent chime rods. These rods tend to break rather than bending.  That is how they can create the wonderful sound of the quarter hour chimes.  The chime block needed to be removed and carefully adjusted as to not break these rods.  

If the rods broke, the replacement rod would need to be tuned by modifying the length of the rod. There are 8 chime hammers, 4 were extremely bent.   With patience these chime rods were put back in place.
Here is a picture of the hour strike side of the movement.  Notice the extremely bent hammer.  
Here is a picture of the two outside weight cables that were severed.  The left side is the hour strike and the right is the 1/4 hour chime.  Luckily the pulleys that the weights were attached to were found at the bottom of the clock floor.  Luckily, the severed ends were at the end of the cables.  The ends were able to be repaired.


Here is a picture of the clock face.  Notice the upper right "B" quarter the gingerbread is missing.  The upper right "A" gingerbread was damaged and luckily located at the bottom of the clock floor.  The  gingerbread was reattached.
Numerous damage was present on the pendulum weigh shells.  Here is just one example.

The clock mechanism was inspected for damage. The suspension spring was damaged and needed to be replaced.  The suspension leader where the pendulum attaches was damaged and also needed repair.







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