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Bill Stoddard
Works at Bill's Clockworks
Attended Michigan Technological University
Lives in Flora, Indiana
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Here is an interesting Kern 400 day clock with the signs of the Zodiac around the center of the dial. I overhauled the movement, replaced the suspension spring, and polished and lacquered the base and pillars. I don't receive as many Kern 400 day clocks for repair as Schatz and Kundo clocks. I'm guessing this clock was made in the mid-1950s.

Repair job 6485. I polished the pivots, installed a new suspension spring (unit 11A with 0.0036 inch thick Horolovar suspension spring). I installed a new 18 x 38 mainspring.
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I repaired this nice Ansonia 2-weight wall clock.
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Here's a "banjo" clock made by Seth Thomas in 1949. This one runs on electricity with a synchronous motor. The motor speed is reduced to drive the hands, and the motor also winds up a mainspring that powers the hour and half-hour striking.

I put "banjo" in quotes, as the original clock of this style was invented by Simon Willard and was called a "Patent Timepiece" because it was a new design patented by Willard, and it was time-only (no striking or chiming). Much later, this style became commonly called "banjo."

The photos don't show the finial on the top of the case.

The movement has the date code 4905 (May 1949). The motor is type M4 by General Time Corporation, which was introduced in 1948. The entire clock is made in USA, Seth Thomas started using German movements in 1956.

Repair job 6457. I polished the pivots and installed 11 bushings. The motor bearings had little wear. I lubricated the motor bearings with Molykote 44 Light by Dow Corning.
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I have repaired a lot of Seth Thomas electric striking and chiming clocks this year. Here's a striking steeple clock I repaired last winter.
I repaired this Seth Thomas electric steeple clock earlier this year. It strikes the hour and half-hour on one rod.The model number on the back of the case is
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I repaired this cute little one-day Seth Thomas octagon top. It was made about 1865.
This cute little Seth Thomas octagon top shelf clock is only 9 1/4 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The case has mahogany veneer, and the small movement is one-day
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Here's a ca. 1930 Seth Thomas electric Westminster Chime clock I recently repaired.
Seth Thomas Clock Company made many Westminster Chime clocks in the 20th century. Here is a beauty in a tambour case called the
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Seth Thomas Clock Company made many Westminster Chime clocks in the 20th century. Here is a beauty in a tambour case called the "Wickford", made around 1930. The dial is engraved, silvered brass with applied numerals. The motor is the Sangamo self-starting synchronous motor, a very reliable motor made through the late-1940s.

The case is 20 13/16 inches wide and 10 inches tall. The dial's minute track is 5 1/2 inches diameter, and the minute hand is 2 13/16 inches from center to tip.

The motor runs the hands, and winds the strike and chime mainsprings. Slip-clutch (brace) ends on the 2 mainsprings prevent over-winding. The movement is nicely nickel plated.

Repair job 6441. A previous repairer made file marks on the front plate when installing bushings. I polished the pivots and installed 21 bushings. I adjusted the chime mainspring to slip after 7 1/2 turns of winding, and the strike mainspring to slip at 7 turns. I installed new cloth-covered electric cord and a new plug at the end that plugs into the clock.
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A beautiful clock I just repaired and polished!
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I recently repaired a Seth Thomas Legacy 2 E electric clock with Westminster chime. This is an older example of the
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Here is a beautiful Seth Thomas Adamantine mahogany mantel clock. It is a cute little clock with one celluloid half-pillar on each side of the front. It is in excellent original condition. It strikes the hours on a heavy coil gong, and strikes a single note each half hour on the brass bell. It is an 8-day clock and has the popular and reliable 89C movement.

Repair job 6432. I replaced the click rivets (they were loose). I polished the pivots and installed 18 bushings. The original mainsprings are nice and thin, yet provide plenty of power to operate the movement.

Mainspring Dimensions (these are the original mainsprings):

Time: 3/4 inch wide by 0.0162 inch thick

Strike: 3/4 inch wide by 0.0165 inch thick
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This is a great article showing the result of your work.  I have a nearly identical clock that has not been cleaned.  What should I do, try to clean the clock myself or have someone like yourself to restore it?
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Here's a beautiful oak cased Seth Thomas shelf clock I repaired. The dial and front door aren't shown in the photos.
Here is a beautiful Seth Thomas walnut-cased shelf clock I repaired. My customer shipped the clock from Alaska to my shop in Indiana for repair without the door and
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Work
Occupation
Clock Repair and Sales
Skills
Clock repair and conservation, PHP programming, historical research, web site development, electronics design and repair.
Employment
  • Bill's Clockworks
    Clock Repair & Sales, 1991 - present
  • Truevision
    Sr. Design Engineer, 1987 - 1991
  • AT&T Electronic Photography and Imaging Center (EPICenter)
    Member of Technical Staff, 1986 - 1987
  • Bell Labs
    Member of Technical Staff, 1979 - 1986
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Flora, Indiana
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East Lansing, MIchigan - Houghton, Michigan - Indianapolis - Lomax, Illinois
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+1 574-702-0417
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8 W Columbia Street Flora, IN 46929
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Introduction

My name is Bill Stoddard, and I like to repair clocks, document the history of Westclox and their clocks and watches, design web sites, and program in PHP. Professionally, I operate Bill’s Clockworks, where I repair American antique clocks and 400 day anniversary clocks; and sell new wall, mantle, chime, cuckoo and other types of clocks, and a few antique clocks.

My other joys include being with my family, bicycle riding, singing in church choir, and vintage hi-fi and LP records.

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  • Michigan Technological University
  • East Lansing High School
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William S. Stoddard, William Stoddard, William S. Stoddard IIII, William S. Stoddard IV
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