General topics, not covered elsewhere, of all things Packard.
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I have restored 3 Packards of the 1920's and I had each of the clocks in those repaired by well recommended experts. They worked fine on the bench but once installed in a running car they stopped and have not run for any length of time since. I will be interested in replies to your question to see if this is typical of the experiences of others - hopefully not
Instrument Services Inc. (http://www.clocksandgauges.com) in Illinois restored the clock in my '54 Convertible back in 2006 and it still keeps perfect time today. They converted the clock to a quartz movement, which is an invisible modification inside the clock case. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing clock and gauge repairs.
I have a 47 Packard with the usual non working clock. I would like to have it run, but I think I may be wasting my time and money by having it repaired. I know it could be converted to Quartz, but I like to keep things original when it is sensible to try to do so. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
Those clocks weren't particularly long-lived but I've managed to get the Borg electric clock on my '56 to keep going for the last 10 years or so. All I did was remove it, clean the dust from it, a drop or two of VERY light oil in a few places, and dress the contact points on the winder mechanism with a small burnishing strip. Many others report success doing the same thing, and it's not a lot of effort so really, you don't have much to loose by giving it a try.