By on March 6, 2012

We saw a Porsche 944 clock in yesterday’s Name That Car Clock challenge, and today we’re going to dig even deeper into my big collection of automobile timepieces for a really tough one. I love the look of this clock so much that I bought it knowing it didn’t work (I bring a 12-volt battery pack to the junkyard when I’m hunting clocks). You decide what year/make/model vehicle gave me this clock, then make the jump to see if your guess was correct.

1965 Oldsmobile Jetstar 88

GM clocks of the 1960s used a solenoid-wound spring mechanism that probably didn’t last three years in most cars, but the guts are so simple that I should be able to fix it… someday. Did you see the GM-ness of this clock?

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11 Comments on “Name That Car Clock: Round Analog...”


  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Just missed it, again! (on the basis of the rubber isolation mounts I was leaning toward some kind of Ford product.)

    Comment: even in its disheveled state, I find the front, side and IP styling to be very attractive…the jump in the upper body line in the back door reminds of a similar treatment used later on the early 70’s Riviera… And I absolutely love the way the speedo is isolated, like a cyclops’ eye, from the rest of the cluster!

    Just 1960’s proof that a sedan not be stodgy.

  • avatar
    kilgoretrout

    I did indeed see the GM-ness and mid-sixties-ness of this clock. The numeral font gave it away if you spent a lot of one’s childhood in those cars as I did. I should have gotten the Olds part, though. Our friends had a ’66 Dynamic 88 and I always loved the dash, which was pretty much the same as this one. The sheer size of those dials is very pleasing to the eye.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      Oddly-enough, my dad also bought new a 1966 Dynamic-88 sedan, but being only 3 at the time, I can remember two things only, the outward color and design details, and the half-ellipsoid black plastic cap that screwed the adjustable antenna mast to its base (this because I went with my dad one Saturday morning to the Olds dealer to have the antenna replaced after it had been somehow snapped-off or bent. (I remember much better, the 1969 Country Squire that the Olds was traded for.)

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    I wasn’t even close on this one. But I love the articles for nothing else but the mental image of an OCD crazed creature skulking through the junkyards of the west, cackling to itself “Clocks, clocks! I must have their precious clocks. “

  • avatar
    Bozzie

    “GM clocks of the 1960s used a solenoid-wound spring mechanism”

    I remember sitting in our 65 Impala and hearing a thump from the clock every few minutes — I guess that was the solenoid. I always wondered how they worked. When you get around to fixing yours, how about doing another post showing us the inner workings?

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      My Fury had a similar design regarding the winding. As the clock spring wound down there was a tab that moved in increments down toward the solenoid. When it touched to tip of the winding solenoid, the circuit was completed and the solenoid would shove the lever forward, rewinding the spring. This would repeat every few minutes, as you noted…

      • 0 avatar
        BuzzDog

        Didn’t these clocks most frequently fail when the electrical contacts points fused together?

        And wasn’t that usually caused when the vehicle’s battery died?

        It seems to me that quartz movements don’t have this issue, thus greatly increasing the longevity of automotive clocks – and then digitals took this reliability even further. In fact, during the ’80s and ’90s I recall a frequent ad in Hemmings, from a vendor who converted old auto clocks to a quartz movement.

    • 0 avatar
      texan01

      Yup the one in my ’77 Chevelle is probably the same guts. It’ll run for about 3 minutes before you a Click! and the ticking resumes slightly louder.

      I’ve scrounged a few clocks for my car, and aside from one that was fried, one that fried when I tried to resurrect it, I’m batting .750 for making them work. One is so fast that it’s less useful than a broken clock, it gains about 10 minutes an hour, so it’s not right but once a week. the rest just needed to be oiled and run.

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    I had NO clue on this one but seeing that it came from a mid 60’s Olds…

    My oldest sister had, I think a ’67 Olds.I don’t recall what model exactly (Cutlass?). all I remember about it was it had the black interior, full wheel covers, was that peacock blue/green and had a red front clip, from the A pillar forward that my Dad and I had to install and it had a huge motor (400CI?) or some size like it and it drank premium gas like it was going out of style, and this was 1976-77 time frame too.

    It didn’t stay in the family long. My Dad bought it used from a guy and he had already gotten an entire front clip unit from a wrecked Olds that came with the car and all we had to do was retrieve it and install it, which we did but I do remember having to oil the bolts so we could separate it all so we could get it home. It was complete, including grill I think.

    Anyway, She and her first husband drove off from their wedding in it to where they had another car (his) so they could go on their honeymoon (that was in January of ’77), which I think was to good family friend’s beach cabin for a week.

    I don’t remember what happened to the car or whether my sister kept it for a while or my Dad ended up selling it. Since the entire front end was red, it became known as Rudolph.

    I was in Jr High when we got it. Ever since then, I’ve always liked that body style of Olds, as big barges went (along with 67-68 Chryslers with their concave sides and a few select others, like your old 65 Chevy Impala).

    Anyway, like that car, her marriage to her first hubby didn’t last beyond 1991.

  • avatar
    65corvair

    I bought a clock for my Corvair to fill in the big empty hole in the center of the dash. I can’t remember what I paid, but it was a lot, and then spent even more to get it quartz converted.
    What do you useally pay for a clock?

  • avatar
    acuraandy

    Looks like a mid-70’s New Yorker, Imperial, or Volare?


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