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7/29/07 3:53pm - Original Message: 'Clock Repaired'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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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.

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    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.Geek
 
    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...Lamp
 
    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.Cool 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.Geek
 
    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.Clap
 
    Who says you can't be productive on a rainy Sunday!!Thumbs%20Up Now it's TIME for a cold brew!!Tongue
 
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7/29/07 5:02pm - Reply: 'Clock Repaired'
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Bravo! But babushka boy--had you forgotten that when you're in your C3, time stands still??

(In any event, now you can tell people that 'yes, I've cut the spring in this car'--and just don't let on exactly which spring it was...)

Nice work, Paul--this'll be my guide when I tackle my own tardy time teller...!
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7/29/07 7:58pm - Reply: 'Clock Repaired'
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Lanoka Harbor, NJ - USA

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1975 metallic blue coupe with t-tops,L48, t/t steering, black leather interior. 1990 L98, white/red leather interior, auto,a/c

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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 it yet?Thumbs%20Up

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7/29/07 10:09pm - Reply: 'Clock Repaired'
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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.

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T - time can stand still while a clock turns!! How profound!! Famous quote by.......me!Big%20smile
 
No motor yet Dave. Most likely early September. But like they say, "good things come to those who wait"!! Can't wat to get that 406 hummin' in the Baby!!Thumbs%20Up
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7/30/07 10:18am - Reply: 'Clock Repaired'
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Congrats.  I did the same about 2 years ago.  In my case, it needed a little bit of cleaning (and some machine oil) as well as sanding the contacts since they previously burned.
 
 
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7/30/07 8:38pm - Reply: 'Clock Repaired'
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you must have a big supply of tranquilizers paul.LOL haven't driven my vette in a week and i am going nuts.Wits%20End hope they get a move on so you can enjoy a cruise in your baby soon.Thumbs%20Up

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10/19/16 9:26am - Reply: 'Re: Clock Repaired'
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1973 L48 mille Miglia Coupe

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the windings were bad on mine. I counted the number of turns and just replaced with the same number of turns with wire from Radio shack
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