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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario View Post

    Yes! It looks great, maybe even a tiny bit brighter than stock. And since it is the stock display, there are no issues with the color. It looks exactly the same as the OEM clock.

    The only cover I have is cracked, unfortunately, but you can see it shines through very well:

    Oh... I see. It uses the stock display... Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that, and not the control board, that normally fails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mluder View Post
    Oh... I see. It uses the stock display... Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that, and not the control board, that normally fails?

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    Not from what I've heard. The usual failures are that the clock keeps really bad time, doesn't keep time at all, or doesn't come on at all. These are almost always caused by bad capacitors or cracked solder joints.

    The screens don't really fail unless the glass has been cracked. They'll get dimmer over time if they've been used a lot, though.

    Admittedly, the PCBs can often be fixed. But I think this board offers enough that it would be worth it for some. That is also why I am making an LED version as well.
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    I have not yet found anybody to test these things how I'd like. I might have to loosen my requirements or just wait until summer, when people are driving more consistently.

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    Hi Mario,

    I like this project, and I may eventually be interested in one. My clock is pristine, but the buttons don't change the time. I took it apart, and the buttons hit the PCB board, but nothing happens. I don't know if there is a simple fix for that.

    Does your new PCB board use a stock connector (plug and play)?

    Anticipated price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    Hi Mario,

    I like this project, and I may eventually be interested in one. My clock is pristine, but the buttons don't change the time. I took it apart, and the buttons hit the PCB board, but nothing happens. I don't know if there is a simple fix for that.

    Does your new PCB board use a stock connector (plug and play)?

    Anticipated price?

    Thanks!
    The hour button has be be held for 60 seconds to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    Hi Mario,

    I like this project, and I may eventually be interested in one. My clock is pristine, but the buttons don't change the time. I took it apart, and the buttons hit the PCB board, but nothing happens. I don't know if there is a simple fix for that.

    Does your new PCB board use a stock connector (plug and play)?

    Anticipated price?

    Thanks!
    Yes, it's completely plug-and-play! Just swap the green plastic cover and buttons over and plug it in. It uses the stock connector. Do you drive your car regularly? Would you like to test one?
    Honestly, not sure on the price yet. I try to sell things like this near cost, but since original displays are difficult to get, that drives up the price.
    I have also designed an LED version that uses 100% new parts and costs less. It functions identically to my VFD version, but uses a new LED display instead. The digits are green and slightly larger than stock. I actually have PCBs for it but have not yet assembled/programmed one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    The hour button has be be held for 60 seconds to work.
    Really? I have about 5 stock clocks that I've tested and I only need to hold down either button for a few seconds for the time to start changing. Is that how your clock behaves? Sounds like dirty contacts, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario View Post
    Really? I have about 5 stock clocks that I've tested and I only need to hold down either button for a few seconds for the time to start changing. Is that how your clock behaves? Sounds like dirty contacts, maybe.
    It depends if you happen to hit it when the minuet rolls over. That's when my OEM clock would increment the hour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario View Post
    Yes, it's completely plug-and-play! Just swap the green plastic cover and buttons over and plug it in. It uses the stock connector. Do you drive your car regularly? Would you like to test one?
    Honestly, not sure on the price yet. I try to sell things like this near cost, but since original displays are difficult to get, that drives up the price.
    I have also designed an LED version that uses 100% new parts and costs less. It functions identically to my VFD version, but uses a new LED display instead. The digits are green and slightly larger than stock. I actually have PCBs for it but have not yet assembled/programmed one.
    Thanks for the additional information. I'll have to double check my clock and see if the contacts are dirty, or if its user error. I thought I had tried holding the buttons down for a few seconds, but not for a minute.

    I'll check that and report back. Regardless, if all I have to do is change the cover/buttons, and not modify or send my clock away, I'm interested in testing one. I drive my car occasionally. PM me if you're OK with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitsyncmaster View Post
    It depends if you happen to hit it when the minuet rolls over. That's when my OEM clock would increment the hour.
    I think your clock might be a little bit funky. My clock has always worked like any normal clock with a minute and hour adjustment button. One button increases the minutes, one increases the hour. If you push either, the number immediately changes. If you push and hold, after a second or two, the numbers begin to increase incrementally. On mine, the minute does not roll over the hour; it just goes back to :00 of the same hour.

    Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but there is a tiny screw inside the clock that you can adjust to speed up or slow down the time right? I used to have a post saved where someone explained how to adjust the speed, but it was on the old .com site. I think that I lost that document in a hard drive crash a few years ago.

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