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Re: [Mgs] Rectangular Bezel Removal

To: "Stuart MacMillan" <>
Subject: Re: [Mgs] Rectangular Bezel Removal
From: "Bert Palte" <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2009 11:43:42 +0100
It has been many, many, years ago since I have dismantled such a clock.
IIRC there is an electromagnet inside that rewinds the coil spring when it is 
out of action.
This happens every 5 minutes or so, causing the clock to 'click'.
There is no mention of 'quartz' on the face of the clock,  so it is not an 
electronic one.

Come to think of it, probably the contact breaker points for the magnet inside 
the clock are corroded
(as was the case with the engine distributor, the car would not run initially 
since having been standing for over 20 years. Cleaning the CB points cleared 
that problem.
They were replaced shortly after, of course).

So, I'm now thinking of trying an electrical trick first, before dismantling.
I'll keep you informed. 


-------- Original-Nachricht --------
> Datum: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 16:48:02 -0800
> Von: "Stuart MacMillan" <>
> An: "\'Chad Cooper\'" <>,
> Betreff: Re: [Mgs] Rectangular Bezel Removal

> I'm assuming it's out of the dash sitting on your bench.  My advice is to
> take it to a good watchmaker/clock shop that specializes in restoring old
> timepieces.  There is nothing in there you can fix, but there is much you
> can do to ruin it!  I've actually had old clocks restored by saving the
> face
> and hands and installing new, modern guts when the old innards are beyond
> repair.
> Stuart
> '65 MGB
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Chad Cooper
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 4:16 PM
> To: 'The Roxter'
> Cc: 'MGS'
> Subject: Re: [Mgs] Rectangular Bezel Removal
> It's rectangular, no twisting possible...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of The Roxter
> Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 3:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Mgs] Rectangular Bezel Removal
> Bert P wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > I have an electric clock, about 30 x 40 mm, in one of my other British 
> > cars.
> > (That is about the size of an oil pressure gauge on a late USA MGB).
> >
> > It worked previously, but did not resume service after I had the car 
> > stand unused for a little over 20 years.
> > So, I would like to open the clock, but I am very reluctant to pry the 
> > bezel off.
> > AFAIK that is the only way to reach the interior.
> > I'm afraid the ridges of the bezel may break off.
> >
> > Any suggestions on how to proceed? 
> Sometimes it's just a matter of twisting the bezel until the tabs line 
> up with voids in the edge and the bezel can be slid off the gauge.

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