Hello, I have a Blymyer cast bell 38′ I would like to restore this for my church. I need a few parts. as well as some detailed directions on the best method of restoration for this bell. Thank you for your help.
Pretty timely, I just finished a restore on a 24″ Blymyer. It was blown off a local church with the steeple in a tornado last year. The yoke and wheel were in pieces. I ordered new ones from Lower Bells. The new yoke was pretty different and not compatible with the original stands so I fabricated a yoke from a solid steel shaft. It turned out pretty good. I had the bell and hardware sand blasted and powder coated at a local shop. They haven’t decided how to display it yet so I made a temporary rolling pallet for it.
I used some rubber flat belt from Tractor Supply for the clapper pads. There was a tiny scrap of the original leather on the bracket when I started. I applied a mixture of transmission fluid and acetone as penetrating oil to the original fasteners and they came free surprisingly easy. The pivot pins on my yoke are 1″ solid round bar with some bushings added to fit the 1-1/4″ sockets on the stands. Before I welded them on I drilled and tapped the ends on my lathe for a 3/8″ socket head cap screw. Then I drilled the original stands to match so with the screws installed the bell can’t be lifted out of the stands.
I don’t know why your thumbnails are showing on my post.