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MG TD TF 1500 - Clock working

Some of you guys may recall my problems last month with my dynamo failing. My armature was "torn and frayed" and was no good. Got a new one. At first I thought the issue was the regulator, but my mid 80's Lucas 5 post is fine.
I did adjust the regulator per the instructions on the excellent set of 4 videos by MOSS. I sanded all the contacts and reset the clearance on the left side bobbin. Interestingly, it was not set up properly. Had very tight clearance in the gap that is supposed to be 0.12 to 0.20.
Here the the interesting part! Since doing that my CLOCK now works! My clock had been rebuilt a few years ago by Nossiger,and again last winter by Hal Kramer. Despite that work, it operated only a few hours at best.
Now, it has been keeping perfect time for over a week! I just can't get over it. I think it had something to do with my cleanup of the wiring to A1 and A on the regulator, but don't know for sure.
Has anything like this happened to any of you?
If you have had your clock worked on, and it still does not work reliably, try tuning up your regulator.

'54 TF
Tom Norby

It could well be that your clock's power is being tapped off of either of those (always powered) terminals. Bud
Bud Krueger

Yes Bud, it is. On the TF, the hot wire to the clock comes from a hot terminal on the head light switch. Or to say, that is how my car is set up. The TF wiring diagrams leave the clock out. Not important, I suppose.
It is still running. Nine days now.

'54 TF
Tom Norby

It's also left off of the TD wiring diagrams. Bud
Bud Krueger

This is how I solved the clock problem. I first took the clock to an instrument maker who could not help.
Every summer I am a photographer at the FIVB/Swatch Beach Volleyball Tournament in Norway. And almost every time Swatch gives me a watch. So I looked at them, and picked one that I thought might fit in.
So I have a non-original clock in my TD. It always works, it does not stop when I take the cars battery out. Of course, every two-three years I have to put a new battery in the clock. See how it looks...

Raymond Wardenaer

I think you are a very good photographer! But I don't believe the saying that the camera never lies!
Mike Sutton

Mike, you are right. Use of different lenses, different exposures and different angles can all tell different stories about the same subject.
If you are interested, you can see some of pictures in this book I have made:
Raymond Wardenaer

I think the clock looks good...but your pictures are spectacular!
Bob Doc
Bob Dougherty

I love your picture book, It certainly shows the wilderness of Norway Beautifully.
Wayne Styles

....I did something similar a few years ago.... walked through the wristwatch dep't at wallymart with a tape measure and found the right looking 1" face.....

gblawson(gordon- TD27667)

Wonderful book. I now think you are a great photographer (but I am still not sure if you pulling our legs with the clock!)
Mike Sutton

Mike, why would I? But see the post before yours...
Raymond Wardenaer

Raymond,,, What a fantastic summer job to have !!!!!!! But I guess some one has to do it !!

Great work,


Beautiful photography makes for a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing.

Jerry Chandler

Steve, many envy me sitting just a meter away from those bikiniclad athletes. Some find it strange that I can hold the camera steady!
Here are some images:
Raymond Wardenaer

Raymond, Beautiful work. Thank You!
Jim Merz

Thanks for sharing.
A pleasure to view your work.
Mort 1950 TD Möbius


I have almost the identical picture of Eileen Donan castle. Nice to know I am in such good company.

Your photos are outstanding especially the volleyball. My youngest daughter went to college on a volleyball scholarship. You have captured the essence of the game.

James Neel

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