• 1 Vote(s) - 5 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Austin Vert Gets Clocked With Old Age.
#1
Hi To All,

Just wanted to give a head's up on my original clock resto saga.

It all starded for me when i puchased a so called restored full floor console from Mustang Masters last year or so. I paid top money for the whole thing, and when i eventually got it delivered to Australia, i learn't that it had not been restored properly at all. I sadly got ripped off on the deal. However, the console came with an original clock as well, that, you guessed it, did not work.( did any of them really ever did work properly? Dodgy

In my home city, i have a good speciality company that repairs and refurbishes vintage and classic car instruments and clocks from all makes of cars. I gave them my clock to repair and recondition. They were to work on the original movement and restore it to good working condition. THAT WAS MY BIG MISTAKE, as i later learned that the old movements can't be relied on to even keep going once repared. That's what happened to me, as i paid around $160.00 for the repair to be carried out, and the owner said he had bench tested the clock for two days straight without any problems. I installed the clock around two months later, only to find it stopped after running for about two minutes. I talked to the boss about my problem, and he said he could look at the clock again, but could not gaurantee it would keep on working in a reliable fashon into the future. (Why wasn't i told about this in the first place?Angry) He wasn't going to give me a refund on the whole thing, so i realised i had done my money. The old original movements are not worth a pinch of bird crap.

Long story short, i have recently shipped my clock to a company in America called The Clock Works who specialise in restoring classic car clocks, and will be getting them to put in a quartz updated mechanism for me. The conversion will be costing me around $170.00 plus another $80.00 for shipping to and from America. This time i think i'm on the right track, as the quartz movements are much more reliable and last longer. I should have gone to quartz in the first place. Oh well, i guess we all live and learn don't we.

I'm also taking out the original blue light pods, as they make decent illumination weak and useless as well. I will be just installing Led bulbs on their own without any pods that cut down the light intensity. I also have bought a new clock face lens which brightens up the appearence of the clock as well. That's about it for now, as i wait to get my clock back to Australia and try it out. Wish me luck, and i'll let you know how i get on later.

Referennce: http://www.clockwks.com/Quartzx.html

Many thanks,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
  Reply
#2
A good lessons learned.

I've owned my 73 since 74 and recall the clock did work well into the 80's. I seem to recall it did slowly loose time, maybe a couple minutes a week. When I took mine apart, a tiny copper wire was burnt and broken. It's on the bottom of my priority list to repair, but I will probably go with the quartz repair when I do.



Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06


[Image: 20180127_082009.jpg]

upload a photo on internet




  Reply
#3
OLE PONY;192289 Wrote:A good lessons learned.

I've owned my 73 since 74 and recall the clock did work well into the 80's. I seem to recall it did slowly loose time, maybe a couple minutes a week. When I took mine apart, a tiny copper wire was burnt and broken. It's on the bottom of my priority list to repair, but I will probably go with the quartz repair when I do.

Hi Mike,

Wow! That's not a bad innings for your clock to behave itself. YES, i do see you going down the quartz road yourself at some stage too.Smile

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
  Reply
#4
Austin Vert;192285 Wrote:Long story short, i have recently shipped my clock to a company in America called The Clock Works who specialise in restoring classic car clocks, and will be getting them to put in a quartz updated mechanism for me. The conversion will be costing me around $170.00 plus another $80.00 for shipping to and from America. This time i think i'm on the right track, as the quartz movements are much more reliable and last longer. I should have gone to quartz in the first place. Oh well, i guess we all live and learn don't we.

Yeouch! That shipping from Australia to the US is a real killer. I've been looking at getting a few parts from you guys for my car. The shipping can be more than the parts!

I'll be curious to see if you notice any changes in the look of the clock after the restoration. You car has an inspirational attention to detail that I really admire!

2013 Ford Focus SE Flex Fuel 5spd - Daily Driver
  Reply
#5
MechEng;192293 Wrote:
Austin Vert;192285 Wrote:Long story short, i have recently shipped my clock to a company in America called The Clock Works who specialise in restoring classic car clocks, and will be getting them to put in a quartz updated mechanism for me. The conversion will be costing me around $170.00 plus another $80.00 for shipping to and from America. This time i think i'm on the right track, as the quartz movements are much more reliable and last longer. I should have gone to quartz in the first place. Oh well, i guess we all live and learn don't we.

Yeouch! That shipping from Australia to the US is a real killer. I've been looking at getting a few parts from you guys for my car. The shipping can be more than the parts!

I'll be curious to see if you notice any changes in the look of the clock after the restoration. You car has an inspirational attention to detail that I really admire!

Yes, the shipping is very expensive between our countries, and from my perspective, greatly adds to the cost of the restoration. I will do a follow up on the clock when i get it back from The Clock Works, and give you the lowdown. Also, thankyou for your kind words on my car and my approach. I have always tended to be a bit of a perfectionist by nature, with a lot of attention to detail. My job as auto spraypainter demands that i have to have a strong attention to detail as well. However, i have met people in my life that are much more perfectionistic than me, and it really blows me away. I don't know how they keep their sanity.

Thanks again MechEng,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
  Reply
Share Thread:  


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  A Rare NOS find for my J Code Vert.... Pastel Blue 3 536 11-25-2017, 06:54 PM
Last Post: NOT A T5
  new top for the vert nailpounder 5 651 10-26-2017, 10:06 AM
Last Post: Ginger_73 convertible
  Austin Vert's Electrical and Trim Upgrades Austin Vert 10 1,865 06-08-2017, 07:30 AM
Last Post: DK73
  Tire Size and Brand on my 73 Vert salhi_aemr 6 1,186 01-20-2017, 09:36 PM
Last Post: rocket366
check Austin Vert's Easy Mirror Adjuster. Austin Vert 7 1,441 10-01-2016, 05:46 AM
Last Post: eddyw
Stang Austin Vert's Console Clock Update. Austin Vert 12 1,489 04-30-2016, 09:35 AM
Last Post: Austin Vert
  A-pillar trim moulding for 73 vert Blmeis 9 1,044 04-16-2016, 12:07 PM
Last Post: Blmeis
  Austin Vert's Interior Pics & Tips. Austin Vert 29 3,527 04-01-2016, 12:22 PM
Last Post: DK73



Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)