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    Perfect. There is no other way to describe what the work done by Ron Bradley at Zclocks.com looks like.

    Its seldom that you get better service than you expected these days. But Ron is a very noteworthy exception. My clock never worked and was looking a tad worn from sitting in my Z for 37 years. But Ron took it and completely redid it. The rear bezel looks to be brand new, and even has a smooth almost professional paint job on it. The plastic has been cleaned or replaced not sure, but my glass in that clock was never as clean as he made it. Every visible nut, washer, screw all appears to be brand new. The action is smooth and it feels very well put together. He even goes as far as to replace the wires with correct color wires with correct fittings on them. I am vastly impressed with his work and his professionalism.

    Behold the rebirth of my Z clock!











    There is no other word to describe it but perfect... Thanks Ron!

    Guys I highly recommend him to anybody with a Z clock!
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    WOW!

    I would love to have mine look like that one day, but for now I want the floors in and the welding done, but I am really impressed.

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    Yeah, but does it keep time?

    How much did the service cost?

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    He charges varying amounts. Since I had an extra core laying around he charged me 100 bucks to do this. Which I think is astounding!

    I think without a core it may be 125 dollars, but I recommend talking to him. He is a very nice guy.
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
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    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    I looked at having mine done with Ron and $125 was the price quoted. I had bought a "working" clock off of Ebay that turned out not to work at all. I tried the mehtods of repairing it on this forum and the best I could do was get it to "jump" a little. I tried the battery mechanism fix but it didnt look quite right and I couldnt get the time to adjust. Thats when I emailed Ron.
    Then a couple nights later, I found another "working" clock on Ebay for $19.99, out of a "78 with the quartz movement. The seller told me he would refund me if it did not work.
    I rolled the dice, paid him, The bid went up to $39 and I am happy to say I installed it last May and the clock has lost a total of 1 minute in 10 months. One of my few Ebay "deals"
    Ron does fantastic work, the clock looks great.
    1977 280Z
    I'm great at taking my Z apart, putting it back together has been a whole different story.

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    Zedyone,
    Thanks for the great complememts. I really try hard to provide the best service possible for the Zcar community.
    Ron
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    I hope one day soon I will be sending my clock off for you to work your magic on it. Untill then atleast I know it's still correct twice a day.
    I reside in Oklahoma and live at the wheel of my 240Z

    gimmie the Z or he's toast






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    Quote Originally Posted by zclocks View Post
    Zedyone,
    Thanks for the great complememts. I really try hard to provide the best service possible for the Zcar community.
    Ron
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    In this day and age of the small business vanishing, I was more than happy to spend my money with Ron. And the quality speaks for itself.

    I will be installing it today hopefully
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    Agreed, Ron's work is outstanding! As a repeat customer, I have one in my Yellow Z and it looks like new and performs flawlessly. I also put one in my '72 before it went to JoelH that was just as good! Highly recommended!
    Doug

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    I agree also.He does great work and it keeps good time but it is a pain to put it back in.

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    My clock works sort of, but loses several minutes every day. I always wondered if it was worth trying to "adjust" it or if I should just break down and have it turned to the "Quartz Side"... (Pun intended...)
    '71 240Z, Because any fool can drive fast in a straight line.

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    I also purchased a clock from Ron. Not only did the clock arrive in a timely matter, but looks great. He also communicated extremely well. I would recommend him highly.

    I will admit, that I have not installed the clock yet! So I can't comment on the "keeping time" part, but I have no concerns! Just to lazy to get out in the cold!

    Thanks Ron for your efforts.

    Bob
    Enjoy the ride........

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    Does Ron still repair clocks ? I went to the above links and only get some godaddy search engine !
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    It looks like he didn't renew his hosting package. Maybe someone has an email address or phone number they could post here.

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    I just checked my email address for him, and it is ron@zclocks.com.

    Maybe he just let it lapse? I don't have a phone number, but I will take another look. Is he now suppling Motorsport?

    By the way, my clock works PERFECT!!!! Great service and great work.
    Happy Holidays........
    Bob
    Enjoy the ride........

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    I had hosting with godaddy for my site and let the hosting lapse intentionally. If he renewed his domain name with them chances are good that his email will still work. My email still works and I didnt renew my hosting package.

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    Thanks, i will shoot him an email
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjphilippona View Post
    Does Ron still repair clocks ? I went to the above links and only get some godaddy search engine !
    Have you tried a PM from this site?

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    Email got kicked back, will try a PM, i tried to look up Ron Bradley under members list and did not find him ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjphilippona View Post
    Email got kicked back, will try a PM, i tried to look up Ron Bradley under members list and did not find him ?
    zclocks is his user name.

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    I had mine done by Ron too! When I received it back, it was just as is pictured in the original post. I replaced the gauge face with a White EL face, all of the work that Ron did is first rate.
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    I guess Ron has fallen off the face of the earth, i will have to gut this clock and see i i can repair it my self
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    I just saw this thread and was able to access the URL for his site. Give it another try.

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    Ron has website hosting issues going on. He is over at ZCLOCK4U@aol.com temporarily.
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    im just glad my clock still works great, I didn't even know untill i decided to set it one day and it was still 100% accurate a week later!

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    My 240 clock is always right 2 times a day.

    Always has been and always will be!

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    For you guys that have had their Z clocks repaired and refurbished by Ron, how long did it take before you received the clock back?
    Steve

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    Not that long, he was timely. A week or two after he got it, he was done.
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    Thanks, Zedyone Kenobi. I will send mine in.
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    Another satisfied customer of Ron's. One week turnaround and the clock keeps great time.

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    I had Ron redo my rally clock. It came back perfect like new. I believe he is the only person out there that will redo the rally clocks.

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    Ron did my rally clock as well (see my avatar). It took about a week.
    After about a week, there was a problem with the clock sticking and after sending it back to him twice he got it working.
    It runs perfect.
    I highly recommend his services!

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    I just recieved my clock back from Ron @ ZClocks and I must say what a wonderful job he did. Looks great, fast turn around and another very happy customer.
    Now I get to install my NOS dash I bought for the 260.
    Thanks Ron.....

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    I have looked at Ron's site before he had hosting issues and I plan to send mine to him.I would really love to install a rallye clock but you have to send him a core. I have my dashboard removed currently so when it does go back in the install should be a piece of cake, I really don't see a way to get it out or in unless the dash is removed. If anyone needs a core I have at least 3 clocks so let me know.
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    Oh BTW I just logged onto his site and it seems to be working fine.
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    you can get your clock out through the glove box...just need to bend your wrist around.
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
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    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    I want to share my experience with Ron - He received my clocks on Jan 27 and I got them back on Feb 19. One was a regular 240Z clock that he did the quartz conversion on. The other was my two button rally clock. I have to say I am impressed with the information he provided regarding his findings after inspecting the rally clock and oscillator. He gave me a bit of a lesson on dendrite growth as it related to the burned resistor he found - included a picture also. The clocks look brand new. I have attached before (the first two), the ones Ron provided me (next 3), and after pictures (last 3). I highly recommend that if you need clock work - Ron is the ONE!!
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    I just got my two-knob rally clock back from Ron too. He seems to be the only one to be able to repair both the clocks and oscillators on these rare clocks. The bearings and motor gear were so worn that they had to be replaced and Ron made the needed parts, since they aren't available anywhere. There were also a couple of defective capacitors in the oscillator that he replaced. All of that with a turn around time of 11 days from the time he received it until I got it back. Ron also educated me on the oscillators. Apparently there are different versions and the one I have is the later revision, which is quartz crystal controlled, so it doesn't make a humming noise like the earlier ones.

    Ron rebuilt the movement of a calendar clock (some refer to as the single knob rally clock) a few months ago. After I got it back I modified the case and wiring to get it get it to work in a 240z.

    Ron is definitely the gold standard in Z clock repair and I highly recommend his work.

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    Wow Mike,

    You have just convinced me to send my Rally Clock to Ron as well.
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    Yeah, its too bad that I don't have any before pictures to share. There is a night and day difference. In fact, I will have to polish up all my other gauges before I reinstall my dash, just so they don't look bad in comparison. I have heard so many stories about these clocks not being repairable, especially the oscillators. Ron is a magician with these clocks.

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    Was your oscillator and clock not working prior to sending it to Ron? I have hope!
    '72 Fairlady 240Z-L - HS30-10052, Imported in 1973 from Yokota Airbase
    '70 240Z - HLS30-19927, History in SCCA CP & Trans-Am, ICSCC CIP, IMSA GTU
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    Quote Originally Posted by spitz17 View Post
    Was your oscillator and clock not working prior to sending it to Ron? I have hope!
    No, neither one was working. Ron had to replace parts in both and even made some for the clock (see my post #39 above).

    -Mike

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    It's settled, mine will go off in a few weeks! Like you, I have to make my dash and gauges worthy of it haha...
    '72 Fairlady 240Z-L - HS30-10052, Imported in 1973 from Yokota Airbase
    '70 240Z - HLS30-19927, History in SCCA CP & Trans-Am, ICSCC CIP, IMSA GTU
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    Mike,
    I have pictures of your before clock and osc., see attached.
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    What a great work Ron makes everyone happy.

    The two knobs Rally clock has two types,earlier and later.Both face is just same but back of the clock, the bracket is different.
    Also the oscillator has two types,earlier and later but we can not see the difference from the appearance.

    Shopping on Yahoo Japan auction, we do not see many but sometimes rarely see two knobs clock and oscillator.Usually they are on sale separately, this is the problem.It is very difficult to find (buy) right muching clock and oscillator unless you are very lucky. Sellers usually don not mention what year and month (they just for get or simply do not know) so buyers have to buy it anyway whatever they are listed on the auction.

    Most Fairlady Zs have rally clock, we do not think it is rare but in the auction we have to say it is rare.

    kats

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    is a NOS one with a box,you can see how Ron's work is great ,repaired clocks look just like new. This picture proves it.
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    1972 DATSUN 240Z
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    Welcome to my web site,
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    Kats,
    The oscillator boxes are interchangeable with either early/late RC clocks. So, if you have a clock and your looking for an oscillator any one will work. However, the parts for the later osc box were manufacture (JACO) unique and no longer available.

    Ron

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    This is great to know!-I spent so much time trying to get these to the point Ron now has them-repairable!
    A Z is beautiful from any angle, I just happen to prefer to view from the drivers' seat!

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    Thank you Ron,

    I thought they can not be interchangeable, I was wrong.Thank you Ron

    I have tried a earlier clock with a earlier box and a later box.The later box did not do anything ,that was just because the later box was completely dead, now I understand.

    In Japan I sent the dead later box to a repair shop,the shop lives up with its skill for long time. But the shop could not repair the later box.

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    Kats,
    If you still have the late box I could look at it and see what I could do. If I had one of the late boxes for a month or so I might be able to figure out what the mystery parts are that are not available.
    Let me know....Ron

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    We have deviated from Zedyones's original intent of showing us his beautifully restored clock and I feel guilty putting this info here. Maybe the rally clock content should have been redirected?
    I just thought I could add to the rally clock info base somewhat. I have had several of these but did not notice the differences in harnesses from the early and later versions until MikeB posted the pics of his later version. The early version does not have the short jumper harness coming from the oscillator with the individual connectors. As well, I have included a pic of the backside of my early humming type oscillator. It has an identification number that may help to distinguish it from the later quartz crystal oscillator, when shopping for one. I would be interested in seeing the backside of others in order to compare numbers. The clock in my pic is the early 27385-E4100 and the oscillator is the early 27395-E4100.
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    geezer...

    I pulled my Rally Clock off my Fairlady yesterday... which ahs the early oscillator and rally clock. I will post the numbers later tonight... Also, I can post a picture of my later clock and later oscillator. I have both sets
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    If I had one of the late boxes for a month or so I might be able to figure out what the mystery parts are that are not available.
    Ron,

    When I send my early clock, early oscillator, and later oscillator to you... You can hold on to the later oscillator box for further diagnosis if you wish. I will not be in a rush to get it back, and I think everyone else would like to know if their later boxes can be fixable
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    Geezer,
    I just worked on a RC that had SN 2032 on the osc box.
    Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by zclocks View Post
    Geezer,
    I just worked on a RC that had SN 2032 on the osc box.
    Ron
    Since the early and later types are visually identical, without opening the case, I was hoping to learn the significance of these numbers and learning if the "type" could be determined from them. Was the one numbered 2032 an early type?

    Edit: I'm guessing since you refer to it as a serial number it would have to be an early type.
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    geezer,
    Not sure if you can use SN to determine early or late box.
    SN 2032 was the later box and I have records that show a SN 2092 was an early box. In addition I have worked on a SN 0013 which was a very early box.

    It seems to be consistent that if the wire harness has the 6 pin plug that all the ones I've seen are the later boxes. I believed that JECO started producing the later boxes in
    74 . I worked one box that had a 240 bezel on the clock housing with a 6 pin connector and another clock set that had a late 260/280 bezel on the housing that had a 6 pin connector. The connector seems to be the tell because it showed up on the late 260 and went through 78.
    just my 2C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zclocks View Post
    The connector seems to be the tell because it showed up on the late 260 and went through 78.
    Thanks for your insight Ron, and heres to your continued success working with these clocks.

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    Thank you Ron,
    You educated me very much.I do not have any old oscillator nor rally clock,so I do not have any trouble now.

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    Apologies that I am reviving an older thread, but I am super stoked that I will be receiving my refurbished rally clock from Ron in a few days. I will be posting a YouTube on how the clock works once I have it all fitted
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    If I had your clock I would be reviving the thread as well - gotta love the Mikuni's with a little Rebello magic!! Keep us posted on how she works.
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Ron did the Timer clock that's in my Avatar. He does great work!
    Too bad I have to sell it!

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