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Keeping time

Tim Rush, right, of the Santa Ana Historical Society helps antique clock expert Larry Squires haul the restored gearbox to the Spurgeon Building clock tower. Waiting on the rooftop tower is Jesse Alvidrez from the S.A. Community Development Agency. The 1913, four-sided timepiece should now keep correct time. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Larry Squires attaches a drive shaft between the gear assembly and one of the clock faces. Squires restored the 1913 mechanism that operates all four of the clocks in the Spurgeon Building clock tower on 4th St. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Clock expert Larry Squires cleans decades of hardened grease from a gear assembly. The hands on each of the huge glass clock faces are controlled by a single gear mechanism that Squires rebuilt. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
Squires removes grease from a gear assembly. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
The paint is cracking off the wooden arms of the Spurgeon Building clock. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)
The clocks atop the Spurgeon Building at 4th and Sycamore have displayed the wrong time for the past four years. Antique clock expert Larry Squires has installed a restored gear mechanism that should correct the time. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)