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.

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.
<p>Hi there! I have a clock that is very similar, from the 40s. I like your idea of using a new motor (because quite frankly there is almost no chance of me restoring this clock back to its original motor and all) Could you tell me exactly which motor you used? Is it Standard &quot;C Battery&quot; Size Movements? Or maybe you could link me to the exact on you bought.<br>Also would love to see a picture of this lit up before I decide to use the rubber LED lights. &lt;3 Thank you in advance.</p>
Good old clocks, good work Knife141
Thanks for the kind words!
That's a nice clock! You got a picture of it in its new home on a wall somewhere?
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!<br>

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