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Failed (so far) idea to change my time clock hands.


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#1 raynkar

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:35 PM

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I decided to change the style of the hands on my analogue time clock so that they matched the needles in the cluster.

 

No mk3 time clock had hands that matched the colour or style of the cluster needles.

My mk3 is an ST220, so although it has the same cluster needles as other mk3 cars the spindle at the base of the needles is pale silver to match the dial faces. With Ford being their usual inconsistent selves the same parts on the analogue time clock are gunmetal grey.

 

My idea was to buy a spare set of cluster needles, then use those along with a spare set of analogue clock needles to make a set of clock needles that matched the style and colour of the cluster needles.

 

This was always going to be a very fiddly job as the parts are very small and I have very little feeling in my hands due to nerve damage. It’s fair to say I very literally dropped parts 60-70 times during the process.

 

It’s going to be easiest to put up lots of pics to show what I’ve done, and what went wrong :)

 

An alternative method for this project would be to simply change the colour of existing clock hands, and spray the spindles pale silver, but this would only be changing the colour and not the style.

 

These are cluster dials, the needle goes all the way through the spindle, and has a short tail surrounded by a small rectangular frame.

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:41 PM

Cluster needles disassembled.

The faces of the needles have a translucent red coating, their bases have a white coating. The needles are illuminated from behind the cluster, the light travels up through the needle and shines within the needle from a set of prisms moulded into the plastic.

 

The rear parts of the spindles are coloured red to stop light light spilling onto the cluster dial faces.

 

The analogue clock hands are clear, work in a similar manner, but only have the white coating on their undersides.

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:43 PM

Cluster and time clock needles. the time clock needles are in two parts, the clear arm and silver spindle cover.

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:49 PM

Taking the minute hand of the time clock as an example, the arm is 12mm long, and 1.15 to 1.6mm wide along its length and 0.9mm high at its tip.

 

It’s worth noting those measurements just reinforce how hard I found it to handle the parts due to my nerve damage.

 

 

I used a vernier caliper to measure the needles from the cluster, cut them at suitable points, then sanded and filed them down to the size of the time clock needles. 

Using cluster needles meant the top red coating was an exact match.

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:50 PM

Hi Ray

 

Amazing detailed work.

 

When you’re finished I have a couple of watches that need a little work. 

 

Peter


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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:52 PM

I fled away the size of a clock needle from the spindle of the minute hand, then fabricated the rectangular housing for the tail of the needle.

All the clear parts would need to be an exact fit of they wouldn’t transmit the backlight through them correctly.

 

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Looking at this pic you can see a small scallop ‘missing’ where I had filed a bit too far. This would ruin the project later on..............Well, that and me being very tired when I tried to finish the project.


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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:56 PM

Here is the same part, complete with filler to get rid of the missing scallop, and with the needle and rectangular frame fabricated.

 

At this point I thought it was nearly finished and looked good so far.

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:58 PM

Same part, but with a 20p coin for scale...........it’s like I’m getting my excuses in early :)

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 09:58 PM

Hi

 

Couldn’t you find a bigger vice. You must have great patience! I have also lost a little feeling to the fingers for fine work but also just don’t have the eyesight I once had.

 

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 10:00 PM

Minute hand spindle with a coat of plastic primer.

There were a couple of tiny areas to fill. While they were only 0.4-0.6mm they would allow white light to spill out so they got some fine filler added.

 

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