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Pierce Arrow Dash Clock from the 1930's


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I have a clock that I want to mount in a wood case and run it with a battery. It has a magnetically operated lever which has springs and a racheting gear. When the lever runs reaches the top and runs out of tension, a set of points close to operate the magnetic coil and draw down the lever. I tried using a regular 9 volt battery to operate the coil but it moves the lever only slightly. What would I need to do to get the clock to run on batteries or maybe a plug in ac/dc transformer? Thank for any information that you can provide.

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It's a 6 volt positive ground clock. The 9v battery should be ok to wind it. You may have a clock issue. Ed

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It's a 6 volt positive ground clock. The 9v battery should be ok to wind it. You may have a clock issue. Ed

Thanks for the reply. I suspect that the coil may be the problem. Everything seems to be loose enough. Don't know enough about these things to be sure. I see that you own a couple of Pierce Arrows. My late mother in law worked at Pierce during the 1930's. Here is a photo of her modeling one of their cars for the 1933 auto show.

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I own a car clock business. There's no easy way to do what you want to do. Not only do you need a 6v source but you need to have enough power and capacity. I use a small 6v lead acid battery to do all of my test running. A dry type battery won't last very long. Also, you will want to put a 2 amp fuse in the power supply line. If you don't and your voltage drops too far below 6v, you will probably burn the clock (and maybe your house) up.

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I forgot to mention that there's a few things that can cause the problem you mention, the most likely one being the adjustment of the point action.

Thanks for the reply and your advise . I guess that I will leave it as a decorative piece for now.

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