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1930’s art deco Continental alarm clock
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Post# 465394   8/20/2023 at 02:42 (280 days old) by Hornet (Canada)        

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I bought this old beat up Art deco alarm clock that needed to be saved and thought it would be neat to get this old clock back up and running again .
So I dove in with both feet on this one, I did a full tear down of all it parts inside and out , the clock works were seized solid and would cause me some grief taking it apart but in the end I got it by soaking it with penetrating oil and a lot of elbow grease, once apart it went straight into the ultrasonic cleaner after that I assembled it and gave it some clock oil and to my amazement it ran right off the go with a few minor adjustments it purred like a kitten, unfortunately the alarm spring was broken so would need to order one up.
Next the body had to be straightened and stripped and any pitting repaired before repaint.
In the end it came down to that saying “ you can’t polish a turd” you be the
Enjoy the pic’s

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Post# 465412 , Reply# 1   8/20/2023 at 21:28 (279 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Nice resto...

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That came out nice. I'm sure you have a sense of accomplishment. I couldn't help thinking when I saw the first photo that when I worked at Tuesday Morning, we used to get all sorts of new things in with that sort of 'distressed' finish. For the life of me, I could never understand that 'shabby chic' aesthetic.

Post# 465446 , Reply# 2   8/22/2023 at 13:34 (277 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It looks great!!!

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I can picture Miss Joan Crawford waking up to it to begin her day at MGM.



Post# 465917 , Reply# 3   9/8/2023 at 09:38 (261 days old) by Hornet (Canada)        
1967 Homelite XL 12

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Was out doing some yard sales this summer and came across a 1967 Homelite Xl 12 chainsaw.
I asked the seller about it and said it does not run and to make him an offer, the price said $10.00 on it and was able to get the price down to $5.00 and took it home, I tried tinkering with it to get it running but without any luck , so I decided to restore it.
Stripped it down to bare bones and went at it.
I figured since it was all apart I would replace all bearings, piston + rings, seals, gaskets, and a new coil.
I also decided to convert it to electronic ignition and bypass the points, much better system.
Here are some pics of the restoration hope you all like it, for it was a bugger to restore , now it is running like a brand new machine , I am very happy with it, except of a small mistake with the Homelite decal, but I can live with that!…lol.
Enjoy the pics!

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Post# 465924 , Reply# 4   9/8/2023 at 11:14 (261 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Wow, that looks brand new! How does it run? It's so pretty, I'd almost be reluctant to use it.

Post# 466003 , Reply# 5   9/10/2023 at 01:09 (259 days old) by Hornet (Canada)        
1967 homelite xl12

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Hey Human, this chainsaw purrs like a kitten until you pull the trigger then it releases the beast with in…lol
It is a powerful unit and is very loud , after I rebuilt it I did a break in run for a good half hr at low to medium speed didn’t want to rev it out and damage it, then I shut it down to cool, after about an hour I went out and tried to fire it up and to my amazement it fired on the second pull. (Started better than my new chainsaw).
I let it warm up a bit and gave it some throttle and wow it had some major torque so with the 28” blade I cut through a 24” log , it was like cutting butter, cutting trough the log in record time compared to my other saw with no bog down at all , I like these old chainsaws powerful and built to last.
But you are right it is to nice to beat up so it will be going on my display shelf and fire it up a few times a year to keep it from drying out.
I will enjoy this for many years to come!

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