“Time” to decide about the clock. I have three options all of which can be justified based on my favorite “period-correct” interiors. Here-dey-bee:
Option Philip: Non-funtioning ’68 clock in beautiful condition. Runs about two hours slow per day. I could send it off to North Hollywood which offers two types of repair – electro mechanical repair and quartz conversion. When I inquired about the difference this is what Hartmut, owner of NHS, had to say: “The electro mechanical repair servcie maintains the old electro mechanical movement with limited reliability and accuracy however provides the ratchet sound when the movement winds up. The quartz movement conversion provides reliability and extreme accuracy however operates silently.” Either repair is $200. Personally, I like the sound of the original winding mechanism and believe it to be part of the experience of owning a classic car.
I suspect my repair is very simple based on reading a few articles on Pelican Parts which you can see here and here. Most likely it just needs a good cleaning so for $20 spent at Radio Shack, I figure I could give it a go. If I decide not to use it then I could build some sort of housing and hook it up to a 9 volt battery to be used as desktop clock.
Option Seymour: Several years ago, the “clock delete” pictured in the center was my “inexpensive-alternative” solution. Not wanting to pay $60 for a genuine Porsche clock delete since it was just a plastic plug, I gutted my original non-functioning clock and “harvested” a face from a coaster set. Wife got a little annoyed since I turned our four coaster set to three set but this fix only cost me “time”. I liked that it kept the dash unified and uninterrupted by retaining the bezel.
Option Thomas: As you guys may recall, I coughed up the damn $60 for the genuine Porsche clock delete and posted about it here. It’s still in the car now and looks the business. Simple solution and was totally pleased with it until…Tim Barker pointed out to me that all TRs had clocks. Damn it. I love TRs.
So I will need to decide on either Philip, Seymour or Thomas by May.
Before we depart on this low priority “project” check out one of the coolest solutions from another 68L formerly owned by Don Ahearn. Love.