Vette(s): 1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.
Here I am on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I was about to order the quartz update for my clock, which hasn't moved a second in the 4 years I've had it, when I decided to get nosey and figure out "how it works" and what was wrong with it.
Upon taking it apart, I learned that the clock is not on battery 100% of the time. It actually runs about a minute on a clock spring and just before it runs out of gas, a set of contacts (luke in a points distributor) touch and load up a coil, kick the winding arm back and it runs for another minute. Neat!! - old technology...
My clock was very clean and fullly in tact but would not run. I found that by adding a little pressure to what seems like a drive spring, the clock started running on it's own again. Whether the innards still just need a cleaning (although it seems spotless) or the spring has sprung, I wasn't sure so I started experimenting.
I shortened the drive spring just a couple of coils and it started running!! I hooked it up to a 12V source while it was running and once the contacts touched, SNAP! It rewound and kept running. Keeping perfect time to the minute for the last few hours.
Who says you can't be productive on a rainy Sunday!! Now it's TIME for a cold brew!!
Vette(s): 1975 metallic blue coupe with t-tops,L48, t/t steering, black leather interior. 1990 L98, white/red leather interior, auto,a/c
great to hear you got it running..now if i could have the same luck
with getting the 90 running (engine). never hurts to be a detective
sometimes, it's amazing what can be fixed and what you can learn.
btw paul... now that the clock works, have you gotten the new engine in
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