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Making or Replacing a Rack Tail for a Longcase Clock

The old brass rack tail as taken from clock-WHAT A MESS!!!

Side view showing the thick brass rack tail and all the soldier used-you can also see no chamber has been put on the pin-very bad practice!!

 

This picture needs no words from me!!!

The old Rack tail is removed

 

 

New rack tail cut from hard brass

The new tail loosely fitted on rack collet to allow for adjustment
when setting up

 

The finished pin

tail pin held in pin vice for bringing to shape

 

The pin seen in the Rack tail ready to trim and rivet on

 

Method of finding the correct place to fix the rack pin and tail
When you are satisfied it's in the correct place then is the time to rivet
the tail to the collet

 

The pin should locate in the middle of the 12 O'clock part of the snail
when the Rack falls to strike 12 O'clock, get this right and the rest
should be correct

 

If the clock should fail to strike the pin will ride up on the snail
and the clock should keep going!

 

The finished Rack Tail

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