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Old February 6th, 2016, 09:31 PM
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Making Desk Clock From Truck Clock

Alright folks, I'm only passably good at electrical work, usually it involves more blue splitters than I'd care to admit, so help me out here.

I just replaced my clock for a tach in the truck, and I'd love to turn the truck clock into a desk clock. I'm gonna make or buy a nice wood housing for it. The question is, how do I wire up a 12v clock to either a wall outlet or AA batteries?
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Old February 6th, 2016, 09:35 PM
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12v wall wart if you don't mind the cord. Battery wise I'm not sure how long they would last.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:06 AM
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I've thought of buying a cheap clock that runs off of AA's and using the inners with an early One Ten clock I picked up here in the forum.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:14 AM
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So for a wall wart like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Wall-Adapter-P.../dp/B006GEPUYA

Do I just splice the cable? Does it have positive and ground cables if you chop off the connector?
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So for a wall wart like this: http://www.amazon.com/Wall-Adapter-P.../dp/B006GEPUYA Do I just splice the cable? Does it have positive and ground cables if you chop off the connector?
That would work just fine. Take a multimeter and test to see what lead is 12VDC.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 08:23 AM
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http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsc...esk-clock.html
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I Made a faceplate and stand for an old aircraft clock with the CNC, and just used a power supply for the backlight, the clock itself is an 8 day mechanical movement, ill see if I can find some photos
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Old February 7th, 2016, 04:35 PM
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I Made a faceplate and stand for an old aircraft clock with the CNC, and just used a power supply for the backlight, the clock itself is an 8 day mechanical movement, ill see if I can find some photos
Ah, good call. Maybe I should just CNC something at the library (god I love living in the future). A brushed metal stand could be really nice.
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this is V1.0 so its pretty rough all around, but the idea is the same, i cant seem to find a photo of the finished stand though..

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Alright, step one complete. Wall wart purchased, wires split, connectors added, and success!



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Dang! You beat me to it! I had this idea a few months ago...

...Good idea!

The metal stand looks great. We should keep this as a running thread for all the clocks that have been turned into desk clocks.
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Ok, dumb question. How does the clock get power to keep ticking AND another be backlit? Is it a voltage issue? That when the dash lights are off, the clock still gets a tiny amount of voltage, but on its just served full power? Not a big deal, but if I have the option to put in a switch for backlit or not, that'd be sweet!
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Run two wires from the Positive. Add a switch to the one for the light.

But since this is a Rover part... I'd be careful so you don't burn down the house.
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Run two wires from the Positive. Add a switch to the one for the light.

But since this is a Rover part... I'd be careful so you don't burn down the house.
Is the light a separate lead on the clock? I could swear I only pulled two leads off. Then again, maybe my clock was never lit? The dash light switch has been burnt out for most of the time i've owned the truck and only fixed it a couple weeks ago.
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oh MAN that's slick. Surprised it doesn't tip over. Love the whole look of that though
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Found a nice early One Ten VDO clock in my box of spares that might make desk/wall clock. $45
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Thoughts on power supplies? Does it need to be 12vdc or will 9 or even 6vdc keep time?
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