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Fixing an old advertising clock

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I found this old advertising clock in a junk store in New Mexico.  The case of the clock had quite a bit of paint spattered on it, and from the condition of the wiring I was unable to test it.  But the price was right, so I took it on as a project.
 
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Step 1: Disassembly

The case was made in two halves which were held together by four sheet metal screws.  I removed the screws, then had to pry the halves apart with a putty knife because they were also glued together with some sort of rubber gasket.

Once the halves were separated (photo 1), I carefully pried  the clock hands free (photo 2), and un-clipped the remains of the neon light tube (which was broken, of course).

Next, I flipped the base over and removed the old clock motor and gear assembly and the transformer for the neon light (photo 3.

Step 2: Identifying the problem(s)

This clock had some big problems.  The neon light tube was broken and the electric clock motor was burned out.  I took the motor apart in an attempt to fix it, but it was beyond repair. 

The clock motor could be replaced with a quartz motor, but replacing the neon tube would cost much more than the clock was worth.  So, I took a slightly different approach in replacing it.
ewout1 year ago
Good old clocks, good work Knife141
knife141 (author)  ewout1 year ago
Thanks for the kind words!
Jayefuu2 years ago
That's a nice clock! You got a picture of it in its new home on a wall somewhere?
knife141 (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
My wife hasn't decided on where she wants to hang it yet, so it is still sitting on the kitchen counter. Thanks for your comment!