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Old 12-10-2013, 07:12 PM
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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.
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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
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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" - - (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!!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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!
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The clock's arrived and a wall transformer has been powering one all night. The transformer is a 12vdc 750 ma one. I picked it up at the good will thrift store for $ .95. The transformer isn't even warm to the touch so it will work just fine.

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Congratulations, Larry! It is good to know that he is still in business... I am glad you got the clock working and it sounds like the transformer is doing a good job for you.
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It is the cover that covers access to the headlights. It is part of a chrome trim package. That included the headlight doors, air scope, windshield wiper wells and the taillight extension's

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