Antique, classic and vintage car clocks have always had a bad reputation. Many would quit running 6 months or less after the car was purchased, but some might run for years. The reason for this problem was that clocks were mass produced and stored for months before being installed by the manufacturer. Some were sufficiently oiled, but most were not. Automobile clocks must withstand severe conditions, such as extremely high and low temperatures, moisture and dryness.
D&M Restoration, restores each clock individually, not just ultrasonically cleaned. We take the movement plates apart and repair or replace the worn bushings, which could be a problem in any clock that has run dry for a period of time. Then after cleaning the movements, we use the highest quality oils to lubricate all moving parts, ensuring that your clock will run for a number of years. For those who want the latest quartz movements, we can convert just about any car clock to quartz, keeping its original appearance.
A general list of what we do in our Clock Repair and Restorations
- Clean and Lubricate all bushings
- Re-work the balance wheel
- Clean contact points
- Repair bad bushings
- Replace any burnt coils
- Repaint or replace needles
- Clean the lens
- Reface if needed
- Extensively Bench test before shipping out
D&M Restoration has experience with clocks from any make and model of vintage, classic, antique or muscle car. We do extensive work with (but are not limited to) Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Pontiac, GM, Ferrari, BMW, Corvette, Firebird, Camaro, Chevelle, Corvair, Mustang, Thunderbird and many more!
D&M Recently aquired a large stock of NOS clock parts. If you are looking for movments, needles and other items for classic car clocks please give us a call!
Tip: Most manufacturers would run the clock on the lighting system circuit, which operates on a ten(10) amp fuse. When a car is in storage or the battery becomes weak, there is not enough voltage to kick the relay open, but the battery still has a large amperage. This will burn the windings of most clocks out before blowing the fuse. The cure for this is to install a two(2) amp quick-blow fuse and fuse holder in the power feed to the clock so it runs on its own circuit.