Name That Car Clock: Black Quartz Analog

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
name that car clock black quartz analog

Nearly two months have gone by since the last Name That Car Clock challenge (a Lincoln Town Car timepiece of uncertain vintage), but I’ve got dozens of additional car clocks in my collection of junkyard prizes. Today, we’ve got a tough one— a generic-looking analog flanked by oil-pressure and ammeter gauges in an underdash cluster. Quartz car clocks have been around since at least the early 1970s, and this one doesn’t show any country-of-origin identifiers. Before you make the jump, make your best guess about the year/make/model of the car from which I extracted this chronometer.

1981 Isuzu I-Mark Diesel

I told you this would be a tough one! The LeMons Supreme Court had the use of this car at the Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis 24 Hours of LeMons a couple of weeks back, and all of us found ourselves falling in love with this terribly rough basket-case “Japanese Chevette.” The car was dragged to the race in Michigan after spending many years as a much-abused farm car in Maryland, with the idea that it would serve as an engine-donor car for the Index of Effluency-winning Zero Budget Racing Chevette Diesel, but Zero Budget has since decided that they would cage the I-Mark and race it side-by-side with the Chevette. It looks like hell, only the E-brake worked (until we made a miscreant LeMons team bleed the brakes as a punishment) and the interior is full of squirrel poop and acorn hoards, but the diesel fires right up and chugs along happily.

Here I am taking my Judgemobile for a spin around the Gingerman paddock, captured via a GoPro taped to the end of a broomstick stuck in the grille. As you might guess, the owner of the I-Mark gave me the OK to pull the cluster containing the clock for my collection.

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  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂