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    Glass size for Mk1 smith clock

    Would anyone who has take a Mk1 Smiths clock apart know if the glass is a similar size and thickness to any other 52mm 2.5" gauges glass? I have two broken mk1 clocks with no glass. Im planing to have someone take a look at them and at least get one working.

    Is anyone making a clock which looks like the original mk1 clock?
    Sujit

    #2
    I'm not adequately familiar with Mk1 gauges though I found an acceptable new replacement for my Mk2 from an Ebay shop ~5 years ago - 34 IIRC (much better value that ~75 for a refurbed clock that ran close to double speed ).
    White 1976 build ("Mk2") only a few mods

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      #3
      Is it a Smith's,as my MK1 is a Kensie type,and when I tried to clean it,I got the mechanism working,with
      electrical spray cleaner,but unfortunately it crazed the glass,so I assume it is plastic.
      I put it in a tub to repair one day,but fitted a clock from a Rover 75 for a fiver,they are the same size,well lit and reliable,
      I think Grampian Stags had a 'how to'.

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        #4
        I think the Smith clock came with the mk1. there is one advertised on eBay UK it looks the same. I went on YouTube and found a video on jag clocks. it seems the guts are the same. I'm being a bit anal as the font looks similar on all gauges. I managed to get a clock from a '78 USA MGB. they used VDO clocks. British MGs did not use VDO. Anyway the font looks different. one clock has been repaired for 100$ by a Jag guy here. The other needs a glass and something else. He is charging an additional $75. if I had a period Jag, I'd go for it, but I can live without a clock on one Stag. The clock was replaced with an oil pressure gauge.

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          #5
          Bit of a conundrum here. My mk1 is also a Kienzle, but at 50yrs its possible it could have been swapped??. The inners will be different between Smiths and Kienzle. The German ones have an electro magnetic mechanism . Maybe us exports were different?

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            #6
            Originally posted by sujitroy View Post
            Would anyone who has take a Mk1 Smiths clock apart know if the glass is a similar size and thickness to any other 52mm 2.5" gauges glass? I have two broken mk1 clocks with no glass. Im planing to have someone take a look at them and at least get one working.

            Is anyone making a clock which looks like the original mk1 clock?
            Sujit
            The Mark II Kienzle clock has a glass (it's actually plastic) diameter of 2 x 3/16", or approx. 55.5 mm and it looks like it's 2.5mm thick, if that's any help. Probably the same for the Mark I clock?
            Kienzle made heaps of these for many cars but may be getting harder to find.
            For me a real clock is an absolute must. Just a lovely period piece.
            Went to my local 85 year old watchmaker who works out of his home garage and he repaired it for $10!
            Stag 2500S
            Jaguar STypeR Citroen C5

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              #7
              Thanks all. I got one working clock back. I can hear it ticking. Lets hope it keeps time.
              Sujit

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