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Electrical: clock quartz conversion

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  • Speedo/Tach/Gauges: Electrical: clock quartz conversion

    Has anyone had a 6 volt ('51 Champion) clock converted to quartz? I have contacted 2 companies. One said $500.00, the other said NO.

  • #2
    Try "the clock works" at 1-800-398-3040 in Eagle Falls Wisconsin. They specialize in repair and conversions. Nice people to do business with.

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    • #3
      They were the one that said no. Couldn't do it. I found a company in the San Diego area that will take it on for about $250.

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      • #4
        I have had quartz conversions completed by Williamson's Instruments, Chester, AR with good results but don't remember the cost. Chet

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        • #5
          Try Palo Alto Speedometer in... Palo Alto, CA.
          RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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          • #6
            How about the inexpensive approach? Clean, adjust and dress the contacts and use a very light lubricant on bearing points and use the clock as built/intended.
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              ... so you'd rather fix than switch?
              Pretty radical!

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              • #8
                Palo Alto wanted $500. I only want to take the clock out once. The best way to insure that happens is to convert it. Just my opinion.

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                • #9
                  "Palo Alto wanted $500. I only want to take the clock out once. The best way to insure that happens is to convert it."

                  I paid way less to someone local but my thought process was the same. Take it out once and be done with it. I did clean it and lubricate ONCE and I loved just watching the movement after it sparked, but then it quit and I decided, "One & done." Same as having just one kid.
                  "Every man I meet on the street is superior to me in some respect, and from that I can learn."
                  R.W. Emerson

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                  • #10
                    Touche' monsieur

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                    • #11
                      I ended up cleaning and repairing myself. I also modified the clock so that the contact's current is vastly reduced so they last forever. If you're going to tackle it yourself, I have two points: the escapement wheel shaft ends are VERY fragile and use a good non-flowing clock oil. The modification was to add a MOSFET transistor to carry the current but still use the contacts to trigger the MOSFET. This is how I did it:

                      https://studem15a-20.blogspot.com/20...provement.html
                      1948 M15A-20 Flatbed Truck Rescue
                      See rescue progress here on this blog:
                      http://studem15a-20.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        Post #2---That is Eagle River not Eagle Falls.

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                        • #13

                          it's off to the shop near San Diego.

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                          • #14
                            Please keep us informed on how things turn out with the clock. I have a couple of the 6-volt clocks that do not work.
                            Charlie D.

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                            • #15
                              For 500$ I’d be content to have the clock not working (but still absolutely correct twice a day).

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