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Outside, the face is 3'x3' should be readable from the street. The min hand will sweep backwards & the hour hand will be fixed at 13 oclock. I'm thinking about lighting it with our holiday slide light so I can just light the face.
 

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Problem is the central line that holds up the head & torso. the crank arm passes fairly close to the pulley & adds lateral tension to the line which makes it slide out of the pulley. I'm thinking i'll try adding a counterballance weight & see if it changes the pully position enough to stop it from jumping.

Alternatively I'll try just using an Ibolt & forgo the pulley; but I had to upgrade the motor already because tho old one coulden't handle the torq. I thought about moving the motor forward but that's a pain I don't want to get into.
I really should just shorten the crank but I like the amount of movement I'm getting & a shorter crank=less movement.
 

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I had the exact same problem with my FCG, halfcracked. I added the counterbalance and had it threaded through 2 eyebolts and the main line (head/torso) still kept jumping on occassion. This was finally solved by hanging pullies on the eyebots for the counter balance. I used a long 5/16" eyebolt with a stack of washers tightened with a nut as my counter weight. That way I can quickly rebalance the counter weight by adding or removing washers.
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
Yeah...
Turns out the pulleys were actually causing more headaches than they were worth. got rid of the pulleys & just ran the line through the eyebolts. working like butter now. All ready to go out this weekend.

 
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