In the short time that I drove the car before taking it all apart, I found the dash gauges to be working properly except for the clock. However, they were very dirty to the point of even being difficult to read at night.
Last 356 I used North Hollywood Speedometer to restore my gauges, and they did a wonderful job, but the cost was not insignificant. Since these gauges are working ok and I have repaired a clock before, I decided I might as well try a cosmetic restoration.
First up for cosmetics was the combination fuel and oil temperature gauge. Once I removed the glass and held it up to the light, the problem was obvious... 50+ years of dirt.
A light cleaning of the glass and all parts of the face, left me with it looking good, but not perfect. Then, with a trip to the store for matching off white paint for the needles, and they really came to life.
In the photo, that is the OLD chrome bezel just laying on top for the photo. I have new bezels on order that I will install.
The next photo shows the result of cleaning the clock and below that is a video showing the clock after cleaning the gears, points and then lubrication.
After recording the video above, the clock still struggled with getting a full winding. Cleaned it again and this time used correct clock oil. Made a significant improvement!
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