Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New to Virginia Beach
I agree with 69chevyguy, that it may come back to life with a good cleaning. Part of the restoration process is the satisfaction of doing things yourself at little or no cost. I got several console clocks working on chevelles over the years, and recently finished one that I’ll use on a 65 that is in the early stage of a ground up. The clocks from a Chevelle and Impala are virtually the same with the exception of the location of the mounting tabs of the housing.
You may also need to be aware of the way the main spring works. Once you open it up look for a small set of breaker points, (kind of looks like a vary small version of the points you would see inside the distributor) but works in a different way. Unlike the ignition points, that completes the circuit every time the points make contact, on the points inside the clock there is a pos charge on one side and a neg on the other . When the points get vary close the + - charge resist each other and throw the points open. Attached to the arm side of the points is the clock spring and keeps the thing ticking for a few minutes or so, as the spring unwinds the points get closer and closer until it cycles again. I’ve seen that these points sometimes need to be cleaned with a small point file. The parts are small and somewhat delicate so move slowly and with a light touch.
Converting to a modern quarts movement is an easy fix, and very dependable. You will loose the “tic-tic” of the original clock movement, as the quarts movement is a silent “tic” per second, and will cost you some money.
Last edited by goldragtop; 01-06-2006 at 07:35 PM.