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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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anyone know how difficult it is to repair the console clock on 65 SS? i havent looked at it, just know it hasnt worked in 20 yrs. also any reccomendation on how to refinish the plastic chrome arm rest brackets would be appreciated (chrome has work off) also thanks for the tip on the rubber!

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2006, 09:11 PM
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I've done many clocks and found that 99 out of 100 simply need a cleaning. Years of dust and debris and moisture build up in them and they often get seized. 1 out of 100 is a case of someone hooking the wires up backwards, or the movement just dying.

Before you spend a dime on any kind of clock repair, just remove it and saturate the internals of the clock with WD-40. Then just let it sit for a week. Hook it up or test with a battery for movement. If you get nothing, saturate it again. May take 3 or 4 shots, but as I say 99 out of 100 clocks I have saved this way and they're all still running to this day. If yours is one of the rare ones that just won't come back to life, then you've spent nothing in the process of trying

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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you all are great! I have neglected this car for so many years and finally told myself that i will start taking care of it and a site like this is the key. looks like it is fairly new and i am glad to be a part of it.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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i will let you all know the outcome

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2006, 11:01 AM
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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.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Jim i may have more q's for you after i find time to open it up

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