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09-01-2006, 02:18 AM
Isn't there someone repairing non-operative automobile clocks?

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

09-01-2006, 03:33 AM
If you don't mind sending it away, check out these guys:


Another option: check your local yellow pages. There are some old-line watch repairers that advertise service on automobile clocks; I've used one of these guys before and he did a great job.

Third alternative: if it's a Borg movement electric clock, you can order a swap-in quartz movement from JCWhipMe that plugs right in. I converted the clock in my '67 Pontiac with one of these, and it went in smooth as silk. The slightly jerky movement looks almost exactly like the original... the only thing you don't get is the "SNAP!" every 90 seconds when the points close and the mainspring rewinds.

Oh, and that third method is pretty cost effective, too ;)


Clark in San Diego
'63 Lark Standard

09-01-2006, 10:56 AM
If you want a tick,tick sound coming from your clock, you need to be aware of the kind of quartz movement you're putting in it. Most people seem to think that ticking quartz movements aren't out there, but that's not true. On the other hand I've read at least one report of a person that got a ticking quartz movement and the tick was so loud it drove them nuts.

I like the ticking sound, myself, but if I ever put a quartz movement in my car, I'll have to research some more and see of I can find one that's "just right".

If you get the silent ones, there will also be a smooth sweep of the second hand and not a stepped motion as in the original movement. BUT, reading what was posted above, maybe there is one that's silent and also steps the second hand motion and I havn't run across it.

I'm just pointing out that there is more than one kind of quartz movement out there and you should not have to settle for the first one you hear about or come across. They're not all the same, apparently.

09-01-2006, 11:35 PM
I took mine out of the Hawk, cleaned it by hosing it down with WD40 and then sprayed it with a light oil. I aligned and filed the points and it has been running like a charm for two years. It actually gains about 5 minutes a week, but it isn't like its a jeweled movement or anything.

Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk