1970 clock current draw

Discussion in 'Gauge Marks' started by Vettenick, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. Vettenick

    Vettenick Vettenick

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    52
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2019
    Has anyone checked their clock's current draw? I'm seeing like 100 millivolts from the clock.
    I know it killed my battery. Just like to know what's correct, or if it's time for a rebuild, if they can be rebuilt. Thanks!
     
  2. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    28,457
    Likes Received:
    1,778
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Location:
    Bloomington, MN
    A factory clock should not draw power continuously.

    It should spike every minute or two when the mechanism inside closes a circuit and "rewinds" it.
    Between rewinding cycles… It's running on spring energy.

    A Quartz conversion is available to replace the guts of the clock.
    That type DOES draw a very small amount of power continuously. But I don't know the millivolts.

    Are you sure it's the clock drawing power and something else on the Battery circuit?
     
  3. Jim Streib

    Jim Streib https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums

    Messages:
    404
    Likes Received:
    67
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2004
    Location:
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    On my 70's Nova factory clocks they used a solenoid to activate the windup spring and would only draw power when the spring was unwound and then for only a split second when the solenoid activated and then the current flow stopped and the clock spring was wound up.

    Is yours even working ?.

    If it's not working I wonder if this draw is from the solenoids activation coil being energized continually when it should only be that way for a split second to wind the clock spring up.

    Jim
     
  4. Vettenick

    Vettenick Vettenick

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    52
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2019
    I disconnected the clock, and the draw went to 0. It's original, and probably worn, which would increase draw. It would also stop working from time to time.
    BTW, who make the quartz kit? Thanks!
     
  5. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,953
    Likes Received:
    871
    Joined:
    Oct 3, 1999
    Location:
    Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
    One thing about the factor clock that like Twisted said does the rewind function. The major killer of these types of clocks is a low battery. Once the battery gets below about 11 volts the rewind mechanism doesn't fully cycle and there are electrical contacts at the end of a spring loaded arm and they will instead of making good contact, just sit and arc which will burn the contact points (like what are on a set of ignition points). If the car is going to be stored, disconnect the battery or keep a battery tender on it. There is also a fix where you place zener diode in-line with the 12V power to suppress arcing.
     
  6. Vettenick

    Vettenick Vettenick

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    52
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2019
    The car is 50 years old, and I've had it for the last 2, so who know what happened. BTW, can the contacts be cleaned?
     
  7. Green hornet

    Green hornet Veteran Member

    Messages:
    1,896
    Likes Received:
    399
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2015
    Location:
    North Bay, CA
    My clock runs all the time. I may not start my car for three weeks but the battery is still good. Just FYI.
     
  8. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    28,457
    Likes Received:
    1,778
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2004
    Location:
    Bloomington, MN
  9. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    19,619
    Likes Received:
    1,704
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 1999
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    I filed my clock points and added solder to build them back up and the clock functions.
     
  10. Vettenick

    Vettenick Vettenick

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    52
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2019
    OK. Just how hot did you have to get it? How many watts was your iron?
     

Share This Page