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Old 12-10-2019, 12:37 AM   #1
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The clock in my '47 is not working. Before I take it out and screw it up I would like some advise as to the safest and best way to start. Or is there a 'clock guy' I should consider sending it too?
I have not checked any wiring to it but know that is probably the best place to begin.
Suggestions on how to proceed are appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:16 AM   #2
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I have an electric-wind clock in my '51 Ford which was not working. I took to a local clock repairman who had fixed my Grandfather clock for me a couple of years previously. He inspected it and found it just needed a good cleaning (which he did for $20). I got it back a couple of days later. That was a couple of years ago and it's still working. The only problem is that I can't get it to keep time closer than about a minute or two a day, but I guess that's just the nature of the beast.

I am sure there are people out there you can send it too, but I knew this guy and decided to save time and shipping. After all, a clock is a clock.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:03 AM   #3
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Look in Hemmings. There are several people that offer this service.
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:06 AM   #4
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The clock is my '47 wasn't working either, and as Tubman said above, sometimes all that is needed is a good cleaning. Mine is a windup that only runs for 24 hours.

I took it out, cleaned it carefully with WD-40 and then got some clock oil and special applicators from Amazon. Maybe I was lucky, but it works perfectly now.

Even though I don't rely on it, I just wanted it to work properly!!
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:42 PM   #5
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Will they work on 12volts without a resistor to drop the voltage?
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:12 PM   #6
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I am not sure if mine is a windup or electric. It does have a wire going to it but I suppose that is just for the light in it. I did try winding it but it didn't change anything.
Finding a local clock repair guy makes sense. I'll check around to see what I can find.
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:21 PM   #7
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The clock in our 46 was not working so I sent it to Jerry Maquire for a repair. 7 years ago. quick turnaround and reasonable. Still going strong. Ours has 2 wires to the clock, one for the light and 1 for the winding mechanism.
Check out his website
www.clockwks.com
And give him a call.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:03 PM   #8
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I am not sure if mine is a windup or electric. It does have a wire going to it but I suppose that is just for the light in it. I did try winding it but it didn't change anything.
Finding a local clock repair guy makes sense. I'll check around to see what I can find.
Might not be the same, but mine (electric-wind) had two wires going to it. One without a fuse for the light; another with an inline fuse for power.
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According to the 1941-1948 Ford Book, the electric wound clock was an option at an additional charge beginning in 1946, and the manually wound clock was standard.
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Will they work on 12volts without a resistor to drop the voltage?
Probably; I would imagine that a properly-sized resistor would have to be used. I'm just guessing on this, but if you are interested, I could ask my partner who is an EE and knows about such stuff. We should probably have the rated amperage of the winding mechanism.
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Probably; I would imagine that a properly-sized resistor would have to be used. I'm just guessing on this, but if you are interested, I could ask my partner who is an EE and knows about such stuff. We should probably have the rated amperage of the winding mechanism.

I guess I need to check and see if its electric first, I just assumed it was.
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:54 PM   #12
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Thanks for the Clock Works contact. I just filled out a quote request. I also found the clock to be electric. One wire to the light in the clock, and a second wire to the lower part of the clock, and yet a third wire forked off the power wire. Looks OEM but was just hanging there and un attached to anything. I cannot tell from the wiring diagram what that other "hot" lead wire is for. It is yellow/black. I don't like it hanging loose under the dash. Any thought of what it should attach to?
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:01 AM   #13
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Originally, the clock was on the same circuit as the pillar courtesy lights. This circuit was alays hot. The 'fork' might just be the break in the wire run for those lights.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:50 PM   #14
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take the back off and clean the points with an ignition point file that's usually all it takes
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The clock probably could use a cleaning but one of the reasons that these electric impulse wound clocks quit is because of the arc residue on the points that needs to be removed.
It may be worth a try.


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Old 12-12-2019, 04:56 PM   #16
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51 Merc. That was what was wrong with the clock I my '46 Super Deluxe. It worked after I carefully cleaned the contacts with a point file (old school tool). But I found there was very little pressure on the point when closed, so I bent the arm holding the top contact blade a bit to add some pressure when the points are in contact.
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:53 PM   #17
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Thanks buys for this info. I will get the clock out and check this out. It usually is something simple.
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