Mechanical Clock To Quartz Conversion
Offered here is a economical alternative to the mechanical replacement unit. The clock will be battery operated, and still look and sound the same. This easily installed kit contains everything needed. It has the chiming quartz clock movement and the pendulum drive. (Only needs to have the hands picked out.) With just some minor alterations, you will mount the movement to the back of the dial. Then mount the pendulum drive to the back of the clock case.
Heavy Duty Pendulum Drive
5 1/2" x 2 5/8" x 2"
Heavy Duty External Quartz Pendulum Drive. The strongest battery operated pendulum swinger available. This can run largest metal grandfather clock pendulum on the market along with added weight.
Operates on two C cell batteries (not included)
#QU40 Four Melody Chime (Best Sound)
4 9/16" x 4 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Song options: Westminster every quarter or Westminster, Ave Maria, Bim Bam options on the top of the hour only. Includes a light sensor and will be silent automatically if its dark in the room. Hands for this unit are sold separately.
- Volume control
- Includes a pendulum
- AutoNight Silence Switch
- Light sensor for chime off
About the movement
The QU40 quartz clock movement is the best sounding unit on the market. It will sound just as a mechanical clock chime. It will also have some added benefits. The volume control can make it very loud or soft this was not possible on the old mechanical unit. This quartz unit also have multiple chime options and an auto night silence switch.QU40 Instructions
Mounting the movement
The QU40 quartz clock movement will mount to the back of the clock dial. If the clock dial has phase of the moon it can have gears in the way of this. The QU40 would need a flat surface to mount up to the dial so these things would need to be removed.
About the pendulum drive
This is a new product on the market. Never before was there such a strong pendulum drive produced like this one. It will run any pendulum length or weight that a mechanical unit has run in the past. It will mount to the back of the wood clock case with wood screws.
Parts no longer needed
Mechanical movement is getting swapped for the quartz unit instead, so it is no longer needed. The new quartz movement will come with hands so these are not needed either. Chime block will no longer be used from the clock case and can be removed and discarded. The only things needed from the old mechanical kit is the dial and the pendulum. Weight shells also if they are to be hung as decoration to have the clock look the same.
The clock weights are heavy so it is best to make them lighter. With the weight removed from the outer shell, it can be hung for decoration. A portion of the chain or cable from the mechanical unit could be used to hang the decorative weight shells. With a little attention the clock can look just as it did with the mechanical movement.
What will not work
Dial's clock moon dial disk that indicates the lunar cycles will no longer spin. If the clock has a moon dial that is. If there is a separate second hand sweep portion on the dial, the quartz unit will not have this feature. There will no longer be a second hand spinning with in that circle. Someone could epoxy the second hand to the dial so at least it looks right.
The point of no return
When a Mechanical - Quartz Clock Conversion is used, there is no going back. At least it would not always be easy to go back to a mechanical movement. So please be sure this is what you would like to do for the long run.
Steps to Take - the short version
- Remove the old movement and all related parts
- Mount the quartz movement to the back of the dial
- Mount the external pendulum drive to the back of the cabinet and hang the pendulum.
- Remove lead from weight shells and hang the shells for decoration