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    VDO upgrade Clock

    So finally I can post this with pics, I did this conversion a while back, but I was hopeless at posting pictures so here goes. I used a quarts VDO clock off of EBay for around $25, the cheaper ones will be off a Porsche, 944 . As you can see in the pics the illustration is not to bad.

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    VDO upgrade Clock part 2 pics

    The rest of the process, you might need to redrill the holes for the stock faceplate.

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    Very good conversion! Can you provide some written explanations with the pictures?
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    Sure Ooooner, like I said find a suitable VDO from a Porsche, 944 usually works. Next test it or ask the seller to test it, next grab some jewelers screwdriver set and push away the cover on both clocks, just a little those covers are a soft tin type. Next remove hands and face from both, there are two screws on the face. Now since your using the original base get a sharpie and mark a line even with the face before you remove it. This will be your position once you have the Porsche base ready to set. That's will be later. Now each movement has a soldered pin going through that copper ring you see on the back side. Go ahead a remove all screws on the back and heat that solder and push out using the terminal next to it as the place to press down on. This will remove the clock movement, now you can try desoldering with a gun or that pesky copper wading that soakes up the hot solder. Your call on that one. Once you have both movements removed its a good time to inspect blow dirt out than add lithium white grease on those plastic gears just a little, lithium does not eat plastic. Not like what Ford did in the Ninety's on the speedometer ,Odometer gears. With the base from the original and the base from the Porsche. Use the Porsche base as a template on the back side of the Original Base. Once traced, get a Dremmel and cut your hole. Once completed cut about a 1/2 inch down on the Porsche base , needed for light to poke around in there. Also why I took the movement out. Dremmel's are not forgiving when cutting ,plus no residue getting on the movement. Now the fun part, debur sharp edges, resolder Porsche movement back into its base and attach screws on back. Now grab your original face and center it on the Porsche movement, good eyeball on this , now take a small sharp pin and mark those points on the face so you can drill the holes to attach screws.( be advised Do not drill to deep ? There are gears that can be damaged. Or try something else to get those holes started.) Once your original face is attached, your almost home! Now allign that Porsche base with the face on it up to that marked line inside the original base. You can glue, JB weld, what ever it takes to adhere the two bases. Reattach chrome cover and your done.

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    Very nice and original-looking appearance.

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    FYI it's been three years with the upgrade, and the clock still keeping time and running well.

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    Why couldn't the original clock be fixed?
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    I could of sent out for repairs, but the cost would exceed what you can get for a used quartz style. Besides the original movement is still early relay point style,

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