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Console Clock repair
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runninpony 
I had this guy repair my clock, and wanted to pass the info on so that if your clock doesn't work, and you want to get it fixed, this guy did good work for me. He is not the fastest guy to work with, but I thought the cost was reasonable, and the clock works great! Total for Labor, new coils, and main-spring was about $100.


James Ondracek
Omicron Clock
630-220-1924
sales@omicronclock.com

1972 H-code Mach1
2010 GT Premium
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
1995 F150- The "home depot" machine
2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra
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trainey;31328 Wrote:James Ondracek
Omicron Clock
630-220-1924
sales@omicronclock.com

Thank you for the contact. I need to get mine repaired. Do you know if he does quartz conversions? Years ago when I last had the car in use, eveytime the clock was plugged in it drained the battery down. I have talked to several guys who run clocks on older cars and they say if you store it without a battery tender the clocks run the battery down. They have done the quartz conversions as they draw a lot less power when in storage.


BKDunha
72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
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bkdunha;31333 Wrote:
trainey;31328 Wrote:James Ondracek
Omicron Clock
630-220-1924
sales@omicronclock.com

Thank you for the contact. I need to get mine repaired. Do you know if he does quartz conversions? Years ago when I last had the car in use, eveytime the clock was plugged in it drained the battery down. I have talked to several guys who run clocks on older cars and they say if you store it without a battery tender the clocks run the battery down. They have done the quartz conversions as they draw a lot less power when in storage.

I know he does on some classic car clocks, he did not offer that on mine, but I didn't ask either...

1972 H-code Mach1
2010 GT Premium
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T
1995 F150- The "home depot" machine
2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide Ultra
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trainey;31334 Wrote:
bkdunha;31333 Wrote:
trainey;31328 Wrote:James Ondracek
Omicron Clock
630-220-1924
sales@omicronclock.com

Thank you for the contact. I need to get mine repaired. Do you know if he does quartz conversions? Years ago when I last had the car in use, eveytime the clock was plugged in it drained the battery down. I have talked to several guys who run clocks on older cars and they say if you store it without a battery tender the clocks run the battery down. They have done the quartz conversions as they draw a lot less power when in storage.

I know he does on some classic car clocks, he did not offer that on mine, but I didn't ask either...

Thanks for the information. I need to have my clock repaired and want to go with the quartz conversion as well. Although, it is a little pricey at $179. Here's the link:

http://omicronclock.auctivacommerce.com/...74035.aspx

Thanks,

John
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#5
$179???

Does that clock take your car BACK TO THE FUTURE???

Check out your local clock store, and the movement should be $20 top, and the clock guy should do it for $50.

$179??? Is that a ROLEX movement? Although I was a horologist in my teenage years and I can assure you, a Rolex is nothing special.

(No...this is not a typo. I was a horologist, not a whorologist...not even once. Okay, I put in with 20 other guys for a 35 year old stripper once that didn't even take her clothes off...thank God).

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Wolverine;153818 Wrote:$179???

Does that clock take your car BACK TO THE FUTURE???

Check out your local clock store, and the movement should be $20 top, and the clock guy should do it for $50.

$179??? Is that a ROLEX movement? Although I was a horologist in my teenage years and I can assure you, a Rolex is nothing special.

(No...this is not a typo. I was a horologist, not a whorologist...not even once. Okay, I put in with 20 other guys for a 35 year old stripper once that didn't even take her clothes off...thank God).

I agree the price sounds ridiculous. Has anyone used their local clock repair shop with success? Please share.

Many thanks!

John
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#7
My clock I rebuilt myself, filed the points and re-soldered
the coils. Remember to use clock specific oil, it does not
change viscosity with temperature fluctuations. A friend
built a device that uses a capacitor bank to fire the coils
so there is no direct contact between the battery and clock.
The main reason these clocks fail is the points stick together
and fry the coils. My "conversion" has been running over six
years and keeps perfect time. The jerky second hand and
tic-tic-tic sound is all original and impossible to duplicate with
quartz.

mike

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goodnigh;153859 Wrote:My clock I rebuilt myself, filed the points and re-soldered
the coils. Remember to use clock specific oil, it does not
change viscosity with temperature fluctuations. A friend
built a device that uses a capacitor bank to fire the coils
so there is no direct contact between the battery and clock.
The main reason these clocks fail is the points stick together
and fry the coils. My "conversion" has been running over six
years and keeps perfect time. The jerky second hand and
tic-tic-tic sound is all original and impossible to duplicate with
quartz.

mike

Mike
Could we get more details on the capacitor bank device construction and connection?

Thanks,
Curtis
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#9
I'm probably not going to tackle this one myself but not wanting to spend the $179... I'm hoping someone here has experience with local clock shops. I need to check into a few here.

John
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goodnigh;153859 Wrote:My clock I rebuilt myself, filed the points and re-soldered
the coils. Remember to use clock specific oil, it does not
change viscosity with temperature fluctuations. A friend
built a device that uses a capacitor bank to fire the coils
so there is no direct contact between the battery and clock.
The main reason these clocks fail is the points stick together
and fry the coils. My "conversion" has been running over six
years and keeps perfect time. The jerky second hand and
tic-tic-tic sound is all original and impossible to duplicate with
quartz.

mike

Hi mike,

I don't want to offend you or say the wrong thing here, but would you be interested in fixing or doctoring up my clock for a fee that would suit yourself? I would of course pay for all postage costs.

If you're not interested, i would well understand, and that's no problem at all.

My next plan of attack is to convert my clock over to quartz movement, and pay the big money.

Greg.Smile

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