Ready for disassembly
Time to get the glass dials out that are not original to the building. They will be replaced with new translucent dials that will visually look era correct for an 1876 Seth Thomas installation.
Removing the hands and motion works from each dial face so they can be packed up.
With the dials out, there was a pretty decent cross-breeze to cool us down.
The courthouse looks a little different without the dials.
Time to start disassembly
Bubble wrapping all the fragile parts.
With the legs off, we mounted the chassis bed to an old pair of water skis. Phil gets full credit for this clever idea! It worked great!
The first hurdle was the steep steps from the dial room down to the belfry platform. They are as steep as they look.
Ropes and rigging helped us get all the parts down slowly snd safely.
Finally, the fifth and final set of stairs down to the main levels of the courthouse. From here it was down to the ground level floor and out to the trucks.
More updates to come! With the parts of the clock out, we can finally start the restoration process.