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280zx analog clock repair is $$$$

I recently was able to purchase a gauge cluster with the analog clock. Well as expected it does not work. I took it apart to see as well to send it out to repair. I saw a ton of post mention Zclock. I had sticker shock as they want $269.00. I just found a local clock repair shop that said he would fix for $55 labor plus parts. Anyone had luck getting them repaired?
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I recently was able to purchase a gauge cluster with the analog clock. Well as expected it does not work. I took it apart to see as well to send it out to repair. I saw a ton of post mention Zclock. I had sticker shock as they want $269.00. I just found a local clock repair shop that said he would fix for $55 labor plus parts. Anyone had luck getting them repaired?
Yeah, zclock guy is a rip off imo. I fixed mine following this method: http://www.nnzcc.com/wp-content/uplo...lockRepair.pdf

1978 280z - stock L28 engine - Dallas, TX
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That one in the PDF file is a different clock. Thanks anyway.
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Itís NOT a ripoff if......

Itís NOT a ripoff if the man does something that others cannot do, does it right, and charges a fee for it!! Zclocks.com is arguably the best place to get that clock fixed. After years and years of trying to fix the original clock in my 72 I sent in my old analog (non-quartz) clock and a quartz core from a 78 and it came back to me LIKE NEW! And it works!! ALL THE TIME! It made me a bit mad (at myself) for waiting so long to have it done. I could have saved money by sending it to him a few years EARLIER. If you want a working clock just go ahead and send it to him and pay what the man is asking. Everything else is just a cobble. Mine is ticking along nicely in the garage right now and the car hasnít been out in weeks if not months.

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Itís NOT a ripoff if the man does something that others cannot do, does it right, and charges a fee for it!! Zclocks.com is arguably the best place to get that clock fixed. After years and years of trying to fix the original clock in my 72 I sent in my old analog (non-quartz) clock and a quartz core from a 78 and it came back to me LIKE NEW! And it works!! ALL THE TIME! It made me a bit mad (at myself) for waiting so long to have it done. I could have saved money by sending it to him a few years EARLIER. If you want a working clock just go ahead and send it to him and pay what the man is asking. Everything else is just a cobble. Mine is ticking along nicely in the garage right now and the car hasnít been out in weeks if not months.
I also had a very good experience at Zclocks.com. 10 years ago, he replaced my non working digital clock in my 82 ZX with a rebuilt analog quartz clock and its still keeping perfect time today. In this case, I got what I paid for.

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Same here. Many years of trouble free service after repair, to this day.

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He used to be very reasonable.. but supply and demand, he’s the only one doing it. If you got it fixed for $55, please post name and address and how long it worked.

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I bought a transistor and a capacitor at Micro Center. The clock ran perfectly after I replaced them. It cost like $2.50. I can't see if the clock is the same as mine in the picture. My clock was in a 77 280z.

I only replaced the big capacitor. The web sites say to replace both and some people had good results. My clock did not work until I replaced the transistor too!

Soldering on the tiny circuit board is very touchy!

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Didn't know the ZX had an analog clock. My 79 and 82 are both digital and are the only digital on the dash (except the "pre flight check" on the 82)
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I also had a very good experience at Zclocks.com. 10 years ago, he replaced my non working digital clock in my 82 ZX with a rebuilt analog quartz clock and its still keeping perfect time today. In this case, I got what I paid for.
John and dave,
Thanks for your support and I'm happy to here your clock(s) are doing well. I haven't been on this site for several years and there are 2 different clocks being discussed here which are completely different.

The analog quartz is getting very hard to find and if you do they don't work. Any clock 40 plus years needs to be serviced. Parts are the biggest problem and nylon gears, which usually go bad, are not available. I'm the only one who has a mold for these parts. Clock makers can't make these as they are uber small. Also, I don't just repair the clock(s) I completely refurbish it down to every nut , bolt and washer. I personally wouldn't spend $2.00 to repair a clock that I look at every day that is dirty, lens scratched, gouges and cracks on the face and bezel.

The mechanical 280z clock discussed has a circuit board that can be repaired, but if your not up to micro soldering your in real trouble. All the caps and transistor need to be replaced. I sell this refurbished circuit board for $55. Caps are only good for about 20 years.

I also repair the OEM 240z mechanical mechanism. I completely dis assemble, clean, inspect and replace any worn parts. These actually work very well if serviced on a regular basis.

I also refurbish the coveted 240z 2-knob Rally Clocks. Does everyone know that these were also made for the 280Z??

The 280zx had the quartz analog as the standard clock and digital quartz was an option

Enough of my 2 cents worth.
If you have questions you can reach me at zclocks.com
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