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lnoska 12-10-2013 07:12 PM

1960 Thunderdird Clock
Does somebody know what the resistance of the of the solenoid is that winds the clock spring is? I have sent for a clock and a bezel for a 1960 Thunderbird. The thought is to make a desk clock out of it. Just wondering how much current the clock will draw. The clock in my car has been converted to a quarts movement, so I can't measure it. I have found some power supplies that will supply 750 ma but don't know if that is enough.

simplyconnected 12-10-2013 08:16 PM

It's very low resistance because as soon as the coil energizes and motion starts, the contacts open. So it takes a lot of current for milliseconds.

I know a six volt car battery will energize the solenoid, so again, current will be high. - Dave

DKheld 12-10-2013 08:52 PM

2.5 ohms

I used a 15V 800ma wall transformer on mine with an in line fuse for safety - I bet the 750ma will work fine.

Those solenoids are noisy on the desk - you'll hear it go "bump in the night" - :D - (every few minutes). Use some rubber feet on the base - it's amazing how much sound the interior of the car absorbs.

Good luck - post a pic of yours when you get it done!!!!!


lnoska 12-11-2013 12:13 PM

You did a nice job on the clock and the car is a nice touch. Now I have to find a small car. Were did you find yours? The pads on the base are a good idea I don't think my sweetie would like the noise at night. I have two clocks ordered from the Thunderbird Ranch I thought a spare would be a good idea. I think my delivery date is the 12th which is tomorrow. I found a transformer at the goodwill store for $.95. It is labeled 14.5vdc (no load) at 750ma. I will let you know if it runs the clock. If it does will let it run for an hour or so and then check the transformer for heat.


DKheld 12-11-2013 02:29 PM

Thanks Larry,

Retired fellow made the wooden portion for me - actually had him make two. Put together two desk clocks and gave one to my best friend for his birthday

Car is a 1/24 scale model by Aurora plastics off ebay. I painted it to match my car.
Here is one like I used....... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Auro...item3a8874b3db

Got my power supply at the same store! Great place to buy stuff like that. Mine never heats up. I put the fuse in thinking that the clock might develop a problem and short out - didn't want to burn the house down. I'll check on the fuse size I used.


YellowRose 12-11-2013 03:27 PM

1960 Thunderdird Clock
Hi Larry, I see you said you got two clocks ordered from the Thunderbird Ranch! I just tried John Draxler's website and it is not up. I was beginning to think that he had passed on.. I have tried to get a reply out of him off and on for months. He never returns my emails, or responds to my phone calls. So assumed that he might not be with us anymore on this earth... I have had any number of people tell me that they cannot get in contact with him either, and they get no responses from him. If anyone knows his status, it would be good to know... Good luck on getting your clocks!

lnoska 12-11-2013 09:07 PM

I paid John via PayPal but haven't heard a word since. I will try to contact him tomorrow via phone. I did send him a e-mail but no response. I hope he is ok, also referred a fellow to him from the UK. He wanted two doors for a 1960 HT. I haven't checked e-mails today so just might have a message from him.

YellowRose 12-11-2013 09:33 PM

1960 Thunderdird Clock
I hope you can get in contact with him. The problem that others have told me is the same thing that I have experienced. It is very hard to get in contact with him by phone or by email. I have tried over many months, to contact him both ways and get no response back, as is what the others have told me also. I hope you can get a response from him, and please let us know if you do... or don't...

lnoska 12-12-2013 12:56 PM

Hi Ray
I just tried to contact him via phone no luck. Left a message at 0955 today 12-12-13. I will try via e-mail.

lnoska 12-12-2013 01:17 PM

Ray I just checked and he sent me a PayPal bill on 12-06-13 I pad him via PayPal on that date. No response at this time from him.

I will try to call him again today.

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