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goofy clock in our trucks?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 82K5_6.5L, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. 82K5_6.5L

    82K5_6.5L 1/2 ton status

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    wow can anybody tell me why we have those weird Quartz clocks on our dash?? did GM just get bored and think we needed a freakin' clock there? in other later models the whole is there but nothing in it? weird isnt it? anybody know y?
     
  2. TX Mudder

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    IIRC, those factory clocks like to crap out a lot.
    Maybe that's why they stopped using them.
    When I was a kid, my dad had an old Chevy c10 and the clock never worked.
    I'm 26, so do the math, the clock wouldn't have been that old then.
    -- Mike
     
  3. Sample

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    What clock are you talking about? I don't think my '83 even has a spot on the dash for a clock.
     
  4. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    You know the four gauge pods just to the left of the speedo/big gas guage or speedo/tach?
    It goes in the upper left one, IIRC.
    -- Mike
     
  5. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    I think if you see a gauge optioned truck, you'll see the clock. I don't believe it was a seperate option, and I *think* they used the quartz clock until they (finally) put the digital radios in the trucks. At the time I'm sure it was a selling point (truck comes with a clock) but they aren't real reliable after 10-20 years /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    The spot for the clock as I recall is the lower left corner of the cluster, and when you had a tach, the clock was replaced with the fuel gauge.
     
  6. Can Can

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    I have an 83 and an 84. Both clocks work and keep accurate time. Maybe I'm just lucky...........
     
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    mine still works too thank god because you cant read the clock on my radio
     
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    my truck doesn't even have one. could this be because it is to old or what
     
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    Mine works when I beat on the dash!!!!!!!!!
     
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    ANYONE EVER SEE A TACH THAT WOULD NICELY FIT INTO THE CLOCK HOLE. THAT WOULD BE NICE.
    EVEN THOUGH MY CLOCK WORKS
     
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    A tach that small would be pretty hard to read. My Sun tach with a hose clamp to the steering column works ok, blocks my view of the left turn signal though. If I can't get there with right turns, I just don't go.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    ANYONE EVER SEE A TACH THAT WOULD NICELY FIT INTO THE CLOCK HOLE. THAT WOULD BE NICE.
    EVEN THOUGH MY CLOCK WORKS


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    I had a tach installed in mine. I forget what size or what brand it was, it was one of those cheapy made in taiwan tachs.
    I don't have the truck anymore so I can't check it.
    But I know they are out there.
    I had to remove the casing of the tack and make a braket to mount it in the bezel from the inside. It worked great and it was readable enough when I needed to know my RPM's.
    I don't need to see it all the time anyway so it worked for me.
     
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    my clock always kept going.... it always made this weird almost squeeking noise you could hear with the truck off, like the internal gears were grinding together. It was nicknamed old reliable, it worked when other things didnt. I took it out the other day though /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif, it had a circle the size of the gauge cut out behind it and was the easiest place to route the hose through to the new mechanical oil pressure gauge.

    matt
     
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    My clock always seems to be in a hurry. gains about 10 minutes everyday.
     
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    The clock hole was originally the spot for the "brake" light. My '73 is like that. My '80 has the clock. My CUCV is just black plastic. The hole make a good place for a trans temp gauge.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    A tach that small would be pretty hard to read. My Sun tach with a hose clamp to the steering column works ok, blocks my view of the left turn signal though. If I can't get there with right turns, I just don't go.

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    LMAO

    The clock on my 78 works intermittently. I thought it was a loose wire or ground (checked them), but no luck. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I was thinking of replacing it with my tranny temp gauge at some point.

    Also does anyone know if you can get a replacement clock that will fit in that position?
     
  17. Muddytazz

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    [ QUOTE ]
    I was thinking of replacing it with my tranny temp gauge at some point.

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    I was thinking about doing the same thing with my tranny temp gauge /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Also does anyone know if you can get a replacement clock that will fit in that position?

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    I have no idea, only places i've seen that you can get them and that is if you can find them in good condition is at a junkyard, all the magazines i have don't list them.
     
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    Chevy dealer can get you one, but they wanna rip ya a new one to get it. I asked and they wanted like $240something
     
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    $240something

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    Just for the damn stock clock???? Does that include vaseline? /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
     
  20. NewK5Guy

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    Goofy? I don't know about that. The in my 84 still works to this day and keeps impeccable time.
     

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