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Great site - thanks to all the contributors. I have used the search function for many answers but I was unable to find the following:

I have the original seats in my 74tii but I find it very difficult to retrieve the seatbelt - there is hardly any room between the seat and the door post. Is there a simple remedy to store the belt on the seat back?

While my clock has some issues with respects to keeping the correct time passengers always comment how loud the ticking is. Is this normal?



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The wide-stance of the stock seats make it difficult to grab and pull the belts. I usually grab and start pulling the belt while the door is still open.

Upgrading the seats to E21 Recaros leaves more room for grabbing the belt while the door is closed. These seats are narrower.

The dash clocks in the tii's make weird noises and are loud. Mine ticks away then will "pop".

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1. When I exit my '02, I try to drape the shoulder harness over the seat back so it doesn't slip back behind the seat. This usually works.

2. A 74 tii should have the electronic clock--it'll say "QUARTZ" on the face. It might tick very softly, as it's still mechanical inside; the quartz part simply times the clock just like a clockspring would on a completely mechanical clock.

Earlier tii's have a mechanical clock that is wound electrically with a small solenoid that's activated by a set of points. As the clockspring unwinds, it closes the points, thus energizing the solenoid, which in turn tensions the clock spring. This cycle repeats about every 5-10 minutes. So these clocks not only tick, but when the solenoid energizes, it clunks.



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"While my clock has some issues with respects to keeping the correct time passengers always comment how loud the ticking is. Is this normal? "

"Normal" is probably a silent clock that is right twice a day. Actually, I find it heartening to learn that some of these things still tick. Maybe I'll look into repairing mine as a winter project. ...


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On a whim, I took my clock to a clock shop to see if they would clean and check the mechanical parts. They didn't even want to see it. As soon as I said it was from a car, they balked. I talked to North Hollywood (they've done good on my speedometers). They said they didn't do repairs, only swaps.

That cinched it for me to tear into it. I used a few drops of alcohol to clean up bearing points, and then a small drop of light oil to lube. I lapped the contacts and the thing worked very well.

It's gone into hibernation now. It decides to work now and then. I'll need to open and clean it again. This is just one of those tii things that I like to keep original, the ticking and thunking clock, the plastic air tubes, the four speed, etc...

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