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    My clock arrived yesterday as well. Very professionally made, this doesn't look like a hobbyist creation at all. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference from the original. I installed it tonight, and below are old vs new comparisons:

    Old:
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    New:
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    Old:

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    Hi David,
    thank you very much for this positive feedback and your comparison.
    I am glad, that you like your new clock and that you named it
    "Yoda" DeLorean Clock
    Greetings,

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    My clock arrived yesterday; I got it fitted tonight in about half an hour. It's a breeze to fit. You can't even tell it's a modern replacement!
    It's interesting to compare the old and the new... 40 years between them.

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    Another very happy customer!

    PS. One thing I found out the hard way - the green plastic lid of the case is VERY brittle! Be careful when you open it, a piece of mine broke off but it's not visible from the outside.
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    Hi Martin,
    thanks for the note and the picture.
    Good to hear, that the installation went smoothly.
    Greetings,

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    Installed mine a few weeks ago and it does not work.
    I have to do some fault searching to see if the clock gets any power but have not gotten around to it yet.
    Svein Apeland

    1981 DMC DeLorean DMC-12, VIN: 01598. Gas flap hood, manual transmission, black interior, wide stripe, galvanized frame, Spax and UK club exhaust.
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    Thanks for the reply.
    You should check the wiring/contacts in the connector of your car first;
    is power available on 3 of the contacts depending on the state the
    car is in (ignition on/off, lights on/off, cont. power and ground). Also check,
    if the female jackets in the connector of the clock are inserted in the right order
    and match the corresponding jacket of the car.
    Greetings,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
    Installed mine a few weeks ago and it does not work.
    I have to do some fault searching to see if the clock gets any power but have not gotten around to it yet.
    The wire colors are NOT intuitive on the stock wiring, check the schematics on this forum. While black is ground, red is "always live" for example, I can't remember what other two colors exist offhand, one is ACC and the fourth goes to the rheostat for brightness control.

    Multimeter reading voltage should identify functions, start with key out to determine if red wire gets power. If it does, ACC is next wire to check. The OEM clock only "wakes up" the display for the ACC wire, it keeps time ticking on the "always on" / red wire. Last wire to check is brightness control, but do make sure ground is actually grounded somewhere. Doesn't need much of a ground (worst case the big cluster ground by the radio is a fine spot to use), just something for current to pass through.
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    Was the clock supposed to work with just the coin battery as well, or is it just for the memory?
    Svein Apeland

    1981 DMC DeLorean DMC-12, VIN: 01598. Gas flap hood, manual transmission, black interior, wide stripe, galvanized frame, Spax and UK club exhaust.
    1973 Plymouth Road Runner
    x1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
    x1975 Chevrolet El Camino
    x1974 Plymouth Satellite Sebring
    x1966 Lincoln Continental
    x1983 Porsche 944
    x1982 Porsche 944

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullitt View Post
    Was the clock supposed to work with just the coin battery as well, or is it just for the memory?
    The battery keeps the time internally, but it doesn't light up the clock. When I had the battery in and it wasn't connected to the car there was no indication anything was working.

    I did a car battery disconnect test for 30 minutes and it kept the time! I need to pull my battery this week for winter (should have done so a month ago). I'll see how long that watch battery lasts. Hopefully I still have an accurate clock come April.
    David Proehl

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