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  • Clock - to be or not to be?

    My 50 Champion does not have one but been thinking about snatching a NOS. ($$$!)

    Opinions please: worth it? I have seen posts that mention some problems and dont need any more headaches.

    Sound off please

    Harry

  • #2
    I put one in my 50 Starlight. Spent over a year looking for it on Ebay and paid near $300 .
    I hated the cheap looking plastic delete cover where the clock installs. Really makes the dash look much nicer. There are no problems with 50's clocks except they must occasionally be cleaned and oiled. Easy to do with the clock removed. I suggest putting a slide switch
    in the 6 volt line so the clock can easily be turned off if the car is not going to be driven regularly.
    ....Dick Curtis
    The 1950 Champion Starlight
    Santa Barbara
    CA

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    • #3
      There is no issue if the car is used often enough to keep the battery charged. The problem occurs when the battery dies, the points in the clock close and don't reopen. Stagnant air invites oxidation and other crap. Before you know it, the clock won't work unless you take it apart and clean/lubricate it.

      Those clocks are awfully pricey but they certainly add the finishing touch to the dash. Another instance of use it or lose it.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by rockne10

        There is no issue if the car is used often enough to keep the battery charged. The problem occurs when the battery dies, the points in the clock close and don't reopen. Stagnant air invites oxidation and other crap. Before you know it, the clock won't work unless you take it apart and clean/lubricate it.

        Those clocks are awfully pricey but they certainly add the finishing touch to the dash. Another instance of use it or lose it.
        OR, just drop another $100.00 or less and have a low-Amp draw Quartz movement installed in an Original Clock and forget all of the above problems! [^]

        StudeRich
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Years ago I refitted the Borg clock in my 67 LeMans with a quartz movement from JC Whipme. It was super easy and only cost me $30. If you're going to go that way, you might check them out first!


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          Clark in San Diego
          '63 F2/Lark Standard
          http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
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          Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            Get the clock. I agree it improves the dash alot, being right in the middle of things, and looking cute. Just disconnect the battery cable when the car isn't used. You should do that anyway. Dan

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            • #7
              Does this look like the right one for a 1950 Champion?



              Harry

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              • #8
                Yes , that is what the clock looks like for a 1950 champion
                Blake

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                • #9
                  Hey guys - I bought a clock for the 1950 Champion.

                  Would appreciate advice on how to install. Where do I bring the juice in from. I notice a wire behind the dash that is not attached. Is that the accesory?



                  Harry

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                  • #10
                    Hi Harry
                    Congratulations on obtaining the clock it is a great accessory and will defiantly add a nice touch to your dash as stated by the other members. OK Let's see , looking at the schematic for the 1950 Champion and Commander (through a magnifying glass , ( as it is quite small ) it looks like the wire that will feed the clock is a # 16 red wire which shows a 3 amp inline fuse coming from the headlight switch. The wire that feeds the light bulb in the clock is a # 16 black wire and it comes from the instrument panel and map light switch. You should probably look into getting a shop manual ( and a magnifying glass )so you can see for yourself. As there are a lot of wires under your dash and hard to say what shape they are in , so you should be extra careful when handling them , especially if it is the original wiring .
                    good luck , Blake

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                    • #11
                      And a very important item - ALWAYS disconnect the battery when you are doing under the dash work (or any electrical work, for that matter.) Russ Farris
                      1963 GT Hawk R-2 4-speed
                      1964 Avanti R-1 Auto

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                      • #12
                        Hi Harry
                        The clock pictured is correct for the '50. The clock power could be drawn from any always hot source although to be correct you should consult the manual.

                        I have redone several clocks with quartz movements (one in my '50 Starlight), cheap Walmart units. Their disadvantage is not being able to easily adjust the time. Usually only a task twice a year. Radio Shack has remote AA size battery holders which can be mounted anywhere for convenience. Cost each was less than $10. Tried having the first clock repaired, the works pivot in a brass plate and the holes wear egg shaped and were "punched" and then reamed to spec's, thinning the brass and wearing faster. (Less than a year)

                        Wilber

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                        • #13
                          Hey guys

                          Ok - I got the clock and thanks to you I have an idea how to get the juice to it. What I cant figure out is what goes where and what the heck that big hole on the side is:


                          Harry

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                          • #14
                            Hi Harry
                            The big hole on the side is where the light bulb slides into. just a reminder the clock installs in the dash in the middle of the speedometer , there is a plastic cone that you need to remove and the clock fits into that spot. I believe if you look from underneath you can see a couple of screws,
                            Blake

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                            • #15
                              Regards the light bulb. You will need to get at your local NAPA or other parts store
                              a bulb socket. This socket has spring fingers around the circumference to snap into the hole.
                              Don't forget to fuse the clock. I use a two amp slo-blo.
                              ....Dick
                              The 1950 Champion Starlight
                              Santa Barbara
                              CA

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