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Two points, Al,

 

There are many threads on this forum regarding repairing tii clocks. Non-working tii clocks are a common problem, one suffered by, oh, about.... 100% of the clocks. So you could simply fix it yourself — something, I admit, I’ve never cared to do, or even try.

 

Second, if you don’t care to fix it yourself, many many automotive instrument shops — probably clock shops, too — could either repair it or replace the electromagnetic movement with a quartz movement. With a modern quartz movement, the clock will: (a.) keep more accurate time than the original movement, (b.) use less electricity and run down your battery less quickly, and (c.) no longer need to be periodically repaired. But... you will sacrifice a couple things: (1.) a tiny vestige of originality, and (2.) the periodic “clunk” made by the original movement. North Hollywood Speedometer exchanged the original movement in my ‘74 tii clock (installed in my ‘76 since... ‘76) for a quartz movement.

 

Assume, for the sake of discussion, that you find a reasonably-priced tii clock (‘71 — Euro-only — through ‘73 used the same face). And assume that that clock has not yet been converted to a quartz movement. Given the failure rate of tii clocks, it will need to be repaired at some point, sooner or later. Then you’ll have two broken tii clocks... 😉

 

Regards and good luck,

 

Steve

 

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Thanks so much for commenting Steve! 

 

I've been through the tii clock repair discussions and mine didn't lend itself to the "easy" repair.  So I took it to the best clock/timepiece  repair shop in Atlanta and they said it is unrepairable from their perspective.  I'd love to use my face and swap the movement for a quartz, as you suggested N Hollywood did for you, but my clock repair shop said they were concerned about taking the hands off of mine (breaking them in the process as they did not come off as they expected) in order to swap out the face.  I reached out to N Hollywood awhile ago and they wanted an obscene amount to swap mine to quartz (I can't recall offhand but I think it was around $800!).  Open to options...

 

Thank you!

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6 hours ago, A6BigAl said:

Thanks so much for commenting Steve! 

 

I've been through the tii clock repair discussions and mine didn't lend itself to the "easy" repair.  So I took it to the best clock/timepiece  repair shop in Atlanta and they said it is unrepairable from their perspective.  I'd love to use my face and swap the movement for a quartz, as you suggested N Hollywood did for you, but my clock repair shop said they were concerned about taking the hands off of mine (breaking them in the process as they did not come off as they expected) in order to swap out the face.  I reached out to N Hollywood awhile ago and they wanted an obscene amount to swap mine to quartz (I can't recall offhand but I think it was around $800!).  Open to options...

 

Thank you!


I agree, Al, that’s obscene. I suspect I paid $200-$250 to have them convert mine, but it was probably ten years ago (before tii’s started selling for big dollars). There’s a good automotive instrument restoration shop in Greenville, SC, D&M Restoration. I used them for my old F-350’s instrument cluster. See what they might charge. I’m guessing there’s $20 in parts, $100 in labor, and $680 in profit in the estimate you got from North Hollywood! 😯

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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2 hours ago, A6BigAl said:

Open to options...

 

I've had success in repairing with these guys:

http://www.clockwks.com/The_Clock_Worx.html

 

It appears they also do quartz conversions.  

 

Great service and they were very reasonably priced as well.

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