• Hi Guest! Being a Paying Supporter is NOT a requirement to participate at BCF. However, subscribing will help ensure we can continue to serve the LBC community for years to come. If you enjoy BCF and find our forum a useful resource...Please consider supporting us by **Upgrading**
    (PS: Subscribers don't see this banner)
Tips
Tips

Smiths Clocks Pre 1950

Kira

Member
Offline
We've been repairing a windshield wiper motor on our Wolseley 10hp (1948) and discovered that the arm from the motor hits the clock. We then learned that the clock was the incorrect one for that model car. What we found odd was that we didn't know how to connect the clock to any power supply. Don't know if it's an electronic clock or a mechanical one (a wind up clock in a car is kinda silly). So basically HELP how does this blasted clock work? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hammer.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif
 

MattP

Jedi Knight
Offline
I have no direct personal experience, but I might guess that it could be an automatic winder. If you open the back, (ill advised at best) you might see a counterweight that winds the clock from the movements of the car. I know this was popular in wristwatches, I am only grasping at straws for dash clocks.

Good luck.
 

coldplugs

Darth Vader
Platinum
Country flag
Offline
The Smiths clocks used in British cars in the twenties and thirties were indeed wind-up clocks. Since the cars produced immediatly after the war were mostly pre-war designs it wouldn't surprise me to discover wind-up clocks in many of them.

Some of their designs only needed to wound once a week or so.

If there's a number on the clock face you might be able to determine the original application.
 

Ken G

Jedi Hopeful
Offline
Just to confirm coldplugs' remarks, my 1925 Rover has a Smiths wind-up clock, that runs for a week and keeps time excellently, and my grandparents for years used in their home a Smiths wind-up car clock mounted in a little stand.

Ken G, 1925 Rover 16/50 (San Francisco)
 

Patton

Jedi Warrior
Offline
My dad used to collect car clocks that you wind up. He has several including one that is wound by rotating the bezel. Most had a very long stem that would extend under the dash similar to a trip odometer reset.

Unfortunately, none of his are Smiths....

The neatest one I've seen could be snapped out of the dash and had a leather case to work as a travel alarm for salesmen.

Patton
 

waltesefalcon

Yoda
Silver
Country flag
Offline
wind up clocks in cars from the late forties is not at all odd. Usually the dash clock is basically just a simple cheap alarm clock without the alarm in it, or at least the ones I have serviced have been. I am not sure if Smith's did this though or not.
 
OP
Kira

Kira

Member
Offline
Thanks for all your remarks, we now know how the thing works, alas it will need a complete overhaul, costing nearly $100, but to have a working clock in a car make where it's traditional for them not to work...how cool would that be. Now just have to remember to wind the thing.
Slowly but surely we are piecing the jigsaw of this car together, the odd broken wire here, dirty contacts there, dirt and moisture build up over the years. So much for the 'restored car' i got...i'm still restoring bits of it. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/driving.gif
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
S WANTED: Healey BN1 "Smiths" Fuel Gauge (Dead or Alive) Austin Healey Classifieds 3
nichola TR6 Smiths volt gauge needle barely moves Triumph 25
T Wanted Smiths fuel gauge for Mk 1 Bugeye Sprite [FG2530/31] Spridgets Classified 1
RAC68 Calibrate Smiths Tachometer Austin Healey 12
B For Sale Austin Healey 100 Smiths Fuel Gauge, Dual Safety Gauge, Speedometer and Tachometer Austin Healey Classifieds 0
A TR2/3/3A Restoring Smiths heaters as fitted to a 1959 Triumph TR-3A Triumph 4
Jim_Gruber Source for Smiths Gauges in UK I believe Spridgets 7
D Smiths Heater rebuild. Restoration & Tools 1
D TR2/3/3A Smiths Heater rebuild. Triumph 2
T TR2/3/3A Smiths Heater Checkout Triumph 7
B Smiths RVI Positive Ground Tachometer Bench Test ? Austin Healey 24
drambuie Converting a smiths clock to positive ground Austin Healey 12
J Help with Smiths heater. Other British Cars 4
W 100-4 Smiths heater clips Austin Healey 11
G help id this smiths speedo Other Cars 2
K Smiths Electric Temperature Gauge Triumph 7
Tinkerman Jaeger and Smiths Speedometers Triumph 5
luke44 TR2/3/3A TR3 Smiths Heater Plate Triumph 3
RJS Smiths PCV Valve Differences? Triumph 2
M Smiths Fuel Tank Sending Unit Austin Healey 3
R smiths guage problem- need advice Austin Healey 4
M Smiths fuel tank sending unit Triumph 1
C Smiths or Lucas Gauge? Triumph 8
58Custom New! Schematic for Smiths RVI tachometer Spridgets 9
Tinkerman Smiths Heater Lables Triumph 11
A New WIKI regarding Smiths Heaters Triumph 0
A Link to Smiths Heater Article Now Fixed Triumph 0
A How To Restore a Smiths Heater Restoration & Tools 8
A Smiths Heater - Completely Restored Triumph 3
A Weekend Project- Smiths Heater Restoration Triumph 13
amcboy A little about Smiths gauges... Triumph 31
A Smiths heater Parts Triumph 8
tosoutherncars NOS Smiths gauges: Bugeye? Spridgets 4
TR674 Smiths Speedo Triumph 9
B Smiths Dual Guage Repair Spridgets 13
wkilleffer MGB Question about the Smiths temp. gauge- 74 MGB MG 19
coldplugs Be thankful [Re Lucas, Smiths, SU, et al Other British Cars 10
dklawson Needed - 4" Chrome Smiths Bezel Triumph 4
A Brighter Smiths Instrument Bulbs --- Any ideas? Austin Healey 25
S Which Smiths heater in '65 AC Cobra? Other British Cars 5
T T-Series smiths or arnolt heater installation in an MGTD MG 1
G Tacho Smiths RVI2401/00EN needed MG 0
G SMITHS SPEEDOMETERS MG 2
J Smiths Tachometer MG 8
jlaird Clocks, here's the deal Spridgets 14
SHG Clocks and Rally Timers Austin Healey 16
60TR3A Pre-Purchase Inspection in Redmond, Washington Austin Healey 9
P Classic Tube Pre-Bent Brake Lines Austin Healey 5
C Wanted Ford Kent Pre-Cross Flow Gasket Other British Classifieds 3
Lin Gear Reduction High-Torque Starters: Inertia or Pre-engaged? Austin Healey 4

Similar threads

Top