Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Repair, Restoration, Parts, Cleaning Restoring a 4 1/2 – need help on Clapper Bolt

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    • #23660
      IndyBell
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      Trying to strip and repaint this old farm bell size 4 1/2 with 18″ bell. I removed the nut on the clapper bolt but not able to get the bolt out. Does the bolt just slide through the yoke or does it screw into the yoke? Mine has some rust on it so I can’t tell. I could use some advice on this. I have been applying lube over the last few days to soak into the threads. Should I try heat, hammer, etc? Need to get this out so I can finish stripping and painting this. I’ve attached some pics.

      Also, looks like the yoke is welded into the uprights (standards?). I take it these can’t be separated without cutting? Am I missing something?
      Appreciate any help you can offer.

      Oh, and I’ve decided to use a clear sealant on the bell and gloss black on the yoke and frame. While stripping it down I’ve found layers of white and green paint.

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    • #23665
      Neil Goeppinger
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      You are correct about how to separate your yoke from your mounting. The mounting for your bell is not original and the person who made it didn’t want anyone to lift the bell out of it’s mount and steal it. That makes for a bit of a problem when you want to restore the bell.

      Your vertical bolt which holds the bell to the yoke should not screw into the yoke. I’ve never seen one which did, but I have seen plenty of them which were rusted in place. Since penetrating oil hasn’t worked, I’d try putting the nut back on just flush with the top of the bolt to protect the threads, then heat the yoke and try a hammer on the nut. Another trick which sometimes works is to soak it with penetrating oil, then with the nut on the top try tapping it lightly with a small hammer. Also tap on the outside of that part of the yoke the bolt goes through. You can do this several times over a couple of days. The vibrations will sometimes work the penetrating oil deeper into the rust and free it. With the bell and yoke permanently affixed to the mounting you are at a disadvantage in trying to give it a hard blow with a hammer once you have heated it. As it is now, if you hit it too hard you could break the yoke. If you can block between the mount and the bottom lip of the bell, perhaps that would allow you to give it a good hard blow without risking a broken yoke. Yokes are fairly easily broken. — Neil

    • #23666
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I didn’t ask before, is there any inscription on the yoke? I am interested in who made the bell and where. — Neil

    • #23668
      IndyBell
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      Thanks Neil
      I was able to get the bolt out this weekend using the hammer. I was reluctant but took my time and kept applying cutting oil.
      The only text I can find is the size on the bell itself “4 1/2”. I was hoping that I would find some hidden text once I removed the paint but nothing so far. Would really like to know when this was made. It was at the property my dad bought in the 80’s so I know nothing about it prior to then.
      Tried to upload a photo of the size.

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