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Offline 19and41

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Big Ben Type 6
« on: January 29, 2018, 06:47:40 PM »
Found this unit sitting at the thrift store.  It would only run for a few seconds when shook.  It looked too god to not risk $2 on.  Disassembled it, sprayed most of the movement with a good degreasing solvent and put Mobil 1 back on the bearing surfaces.  It took a couple of hours to tease it back into steady running.  I have it running close to the speed of my atomic clock.  They were manufactured between 1949 and 56 and was designed by Henry Dreyfus.  This thing is loud in operation and the alarm is a shocker!
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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 07:44:52 PM »
Need a picture or it didn't happen.  ;)
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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 08:19:19 PM »
Went to all the trouble of making up a pic and forgot to put it up!  Thanks.
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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 08:35:13 PM »
Nice!  :)
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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 08:46:25 PM »
Fun fact: Big Ben is the name of the large bell, the clock tower often called Big Ben is the Westminster tower... :)

Or at least it was, apparently it's now called the Elizabeth tower, never noticed that change... ???

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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 08:53:44 PM »
Fun fact: Big Ben is the name of the large bell, the clock tower often called Big Ben is the Westminster tower... :)

Or at least it was, apparently it's now called the Elizabeth tower, never noticed that change... ???
Actually, he would still be correct, if he's referring to the hourly alarm and not the clock itself.

I never understood why buildings and landmarks have their names routinely changed. Westminster Tower sounds a lot more prestigious than Elizabeth Tower... ::)
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Re: Big Ben Type 6
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2018, 09:12:33 PM »
I know this alarm stands just as good a chance of stopping ones' heart as waking one. I've heard quieter fire alarms!  The local PBS station aired The "Secrets Of Westminster" documentary.  Very informative!
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