If you take the clock out, you'll notice a small hole, inside there will be a small screw, adjust plus or minus a little at a time until it's as regular as you want. Problem is that you need to supply a constant 12VDC to the clock over a period of several days.
The clocks were innacurate from square one but if you play with the adjustment on the back you can get them fairly on the money. I don't bother with mine I just rely on the one in my tape deck. It can prove to be an execise in frustration. Try to accept the clock as a cosmetic thing.
the quartz one from the later Z's are more accurate. see if you can find one in a salvage yard. there is a guy that rebuilds the z clocks. I think he lists his services in the parts for sale on this site. you can get a refurb quartz clock from him if the adjustment the other posters mentioned won't work.
Yeah the tick-tock clock will never keep very good time. I think the battery voltage from the car has something to do with it (just a guess). I don't mind because I like the ticking (that is part of what makes the car fun).
Turn the arms to 2:40 and pull the supply wire, then, should your guest(s) inquire about the time, simply tell them "its 2:40 time"....hehe...Okay, okay, so I'm not a comedian---Jerry
> Yeah the tick-tock clock will never keep very good time. I
> think the battery voltage from the car has something to do
> with it (just a guess). I don't mind because I like the
> ticking (that is part of what makes the car fun).
Got this info from a friend who use to work for NORML... He sent it to me on April 20 (4/20).
April 20, 2000
"Stoner Chic Traces Origin to San Rafael
Snickering high schoolers brought 420 into lexicon"
Regional -- Today is April 20, and the significance of the date could be religious or infamous, depending on whom you ask. But for many who describe themselves as members of the counterculture, April 20 -- or 4/20 -- is a day to celebrate the pleasures of altered consciousness, loosen the bonds of convention and, in short, slack off and smoke a lot of pot.
This afternoon, as the clock strikes 4:20 p.m., thousands of people across the United States will be gathered on college campuses, in city parks, private homes and on mountain tops to observe what some refer to as ``the stoner's New Year,'' or ``Miller Time for hippies.''
In San Francisco, the Fourth Annual 420 Hemp Fest will kick off at 4 p.m. at Maritime Hall, and in Marin County, revelers plan to gather atop Mount Tamalpais for a ritual smoke-out. In Ann Arbor, students at the University of Michigan will have their annual Hash Bash, and in Washington, D.C., legalization activists will kick off a fund-raiser for their yearly Fourth of July smoke-in in front of the White House. If you've never heard the term 420 (that's ``four-twenty,'' not ``four hundred and twenty'') used in quite this way, you're not hip -- but you're not alone. The term has eluded the understanding of those in the straight-and-narrow world for nearly 30 years. And if you do know what 420 refers to, odds are that you have no idea where the term came from. Ever since 420 became an insider's catchphrase in the 1970s, theories as to its origin have multiplied like Starbucks outlets, raising it to the level of urban myth.
``It has become a giant urban myth and it's a lot of fun,'' said attorney Keith Stroup, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, or NORML. ``Folks who smoke have a lot of fun with this code word, and the rest of the country doesn't know what the **** we're talking about.''
Devotees will insist that 420 is the penal code section for marijuana use, or the police radio code for marijuana smoking in progress, or the number of chemical compounds in marijuana, or that April 20 is the date that Jim Morrison died. Unless it was Jimi Hendrix, or was that Janis Joplin?
All these theories, and dozens more, are wrong, wrong, wrong. For the record, 420 of the California penal code refers to obstructing entry on public land. The number is not a police radio code, and the number of chemical compounds in marijuana is 315, according to the folks at High Times magazine, who should know. Morrison died on July 3, Hendrix on September 18, and Joplin on October 4.
According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times, the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who called themselves the Waldos. The term 420 was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot.
``Waldo Steve,'' a member of the group who now owns a business in San Francisco, says the Waldos would salute each other in the school hallway and say ``420 Louis!'' The term was one b of many invented by the group, but it was the one that caught on.
``It was just a joke, but it came to mean all kinds of things, like `Do you have any?' or `Do I look stoned?' '' he said. ``Parents and teachers wouldn't know what we were talking about.''
The term took root, and flourished, and spread beyond San Rafael with the assistance of the Grateful Dead and their dedicated cohort of pot-smoking fans. The Waldos decided to assert their claim to the history of the term after decades of watching it spread, mutate and be appropriated by commercial interests.
The Waldos contacted Hager, and presented him with evidence of 420's history, primarily a collection of postmarked letters from the early '70s with lots of mention of 420. They also started a Web site,
``We have proof, we were the first,'' Waldo Steve said. ``I mean, it's not like we
wrote a book or invented anything. We just came up with a phrase. But it's kind of an honor that this emanated from San Rafael.''