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Old 04-08-2020, 10:31 AM   #1
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Default Adjusting Clock Speed

The stock Geo. W. Borg Corp clock in my '46 Deluxe runs a bit fast, about 2-3 minutes in 24 hours. The back casing around the adjusting screw (see pic) is stamped, showing which direction to turn to go faster or slower, as well as graduation marks. How much change in speed does each mark represent? I'd like to crawl under the dash for one adjustment only.
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Old 04-08-2020, 11:22 AM   #2
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The stock Geo. W. Borg Corp clock in my '46 Deluxe runs a bit fast, about 2-3 minutes in 24 hours. The back casing around the adjusting screw (see pic) is stamped, showing which direction to turn to go faster or slower, as well as graduation marks. How much change in speed does each mark represent? I'd like to crawl under the dash for one adjustment only.
Your going to have to adjust it one notch at a time and see how much it
changes in 24 hours. Might be easier to remove the clock. G,M,
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G.M. is correct. It's not a quick process and the easiest solution might be to have it converted to a quartz movement.
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G.M. is correct. It's not a quick process and the easiest solution might be to have it converted to a quartz movement.
Why convert it if it is original and working? Our 46 clock loses a few minutes a day also. But I always shut off my battery switch at the end of the day so the co-pilot sets the time when we start a ride. Simple and the clock does not run 24 hours each day
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G.M. is correct. It's not a quick process and the easiest solution might be to have it converted to a quartz movement.
I have been working on a 1954 Corvette for a while and the clock did
not work. A working 54 clock is hard to find and they want more than
$600.00 for them. I found several 2 1/8" O.D. clocks with a similar
faces from $8.00 to $80.00 I bought the $80.00 one which was 12
volts, the car is 6 volts but I have a 6 to 12 volt inverter for the radio
and hooked up to that. I also found several smaller clocks I would
guess are about 1 1/2 O.D. I don't think the are over 1/2" thick. These
have a smooth flat back that I can glue on an old Ford rear view
mirrow. They run on small flat battery that is about 1/4" O.D.
Speedway happens to stock the small clocks for $7.95 G.M.
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:24 PM   #6
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Why convert it if it is original and working? Our 46 clock loses a few minutes a day also. But I always shut off my battery switch at the end of the day so the co-pilot sets the time when we start a ride. Simple and the clock does not run 24 hours each day
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I leave mine on 24/7 so it loses time. The quartz movement would ensure the accuracy of the clock and sacrifice no external original look. You would only lose the sound of the contact tripping to reset the movement of the original. Both work.
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some auto clocks of the era also also do a fine adjustment of the speed when the hands are set---if it has that and you adjust to correct time every few days it will correct itself
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Thanks for the replies. I guess it will be one notch at a time, no pun intended. Some have mentioned that they have a problem with the clock killing the battery if the clock is left operating, but my car doesn't seem to do that. I have left it two and three weeks sometimes between runs, and the car will start. Good suggestion on having the copilot reset the clock if I can't get it dialed in. I want to keep the car original, so that is why I worked hard at getting the clock working instead of converting it. As far as hearing the contact tripping, I've been around too many noisy engines I my life. Some say the fuel pump makes a noise when the engine is running. I think they are imagining things.
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I leave mine on 24/7 so it loses time. The quartz movement would ensure the accuracy of the clock and sacrifice no external original look. You would only lose the sound of the contact tripping to reset the movement of the original. Both work.
Well, who cares about a few minutes of accuracy. If you are out on a ride in your old Ford just enjoy the ride and don't worry about what the exact time it is.
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Old 04-08-2020, 05:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies. I guess it will be one notch at a time, no pun intended. Some have mentioned that they have a problem with the clock killing the battery if the clock is left operating, but my car doesn't seem to do that. I have left it two and three weeks sometimes between runs, and the car will start. Good suggestion on having the copilot reset the clock if I can't get it dialed in. I want to keep the car original, so that is why I worked hard at getting the clock working instead of converting it. As far as hearing the contact tripping, I've been around too many noisy engines I my life. Some say the fuel pump makes a noise when the engine is running. I think they are imagining things.
It is not a 46' but rather a 53' from my 53' Merc, but it is still a BORG electrically wound clock. By 53', you could adjust the speed from the front. Turn up the volume and hopefully you will hear the "contact tripping".

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Old 04-09-2020, 06:18 AM   #11
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I have to take the radio out in my ‘50 to get to the speed adjustment. I found, as others have said you have to try one move at a time till your happy. I left the radio out while I was fine tuning it. I like the click of the winding mech......Mark
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