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  • Clock repair

    The clock can be removed very simply. Just unscrew those few screws holding the left panel under the steering wheel to gain access to the instruments from below.

    Then you can grab inside and feel a long cylinder (it is actually an extended nut, very handy). Unscrew it. The other corner of the clock is held by the same white long nut, just grab a bit deeper, to the upper right corner of the clock. The other one does not need to be removed completely, just loosen it. Then remove the clock.

    The clock has three wires on it. Plus, ground and bulb. Replace the bulb when you are in there, the bulbs get weaker through the years.

    There is not much that could go wrong with the clock. The clockwork mechanism is wound by a coil which puls the core with an anchor once in a while. This moment of action is triggered when the anchor gets close to the contact (this happens when the clock is already almost unwound).

    It is a purely mechanical thing. If your clock is not working it is most likely that the coil is bad. Open the clock back cover (three nuts). Try to wind the flywheel manually and see if the clock starts ticking. If yes, the problem is in the coil.

    Remove the electrical plate (another set of three nuts) and inspect it. Above the coil there is a resistor (100 Ohm), parallel attached. It just serves to transfer the current in the moment when the anchor is disconnected to minimize sparking.

    When both the coil and the resistor are fixed, the clock should be as good as new.

    You can adjust the speed of the clock by turning the regulator on the back side if the clock is too slow or too fast.

     

    I wonder if any of the today's luxury cars have mechanical clocks. It is so cute to hear the clock ticking... Maybe Bentley, which is equipped by Breitling, but I do not know for sure if those clocks are mechanical...

    I have realised that there actually were no quartz clocks back in the 60's. The quartz technology is an inovation of the 70's.

     

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