How to Bring a 1970s AM/FM Flip Clock Back to Life

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Would it be cool to find an old flip clock to steampunk? 

Good News and Bad News:

Good News: My chance came a few days ago and I bought a 70s Lloyds Solid State clock in an antiques flea market for a whopping $5.00 …could not pass it up.

Here comes the bad news - we brought it home and ended up falling in love with the clock radio so steampunking the item was out of the question and restoration became the priority.

The clock radio had a few issues:

     1. Missing two knobs (possibly a future instructable): 
         a. Small timer knob on top of the case. I can live without it because
             I can move the nub with my fingers and I won't need that option for
             where it is going.
         b. Knob for setting the time on the side of the case.  I can live without
              this one too for awhile because I can set the time without it.  
     2. Small scratches in the 100% pure fake plastic wood grain case
     3. But most importantly a broken Flip Clock (that is what I will be working on)

The radio and alarm works.

For the mechanics, this Instructable will read like a diary.  I feel that I can write a how-to on just the steps that I took to solve the clock issue and ignore the discovery phase or I can tell the painful truths with all of my embarrassing hits and misses as I work my way to a final solution or call me long winded.

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greyrock6 months ago

Very nice! I just found this site and promptly registered. This particular Lloyd's is my favorite style of clock radio. I own several that I've collected over the years including the very first one I bought in 1971. I want to say Lloyd's was the original manufacturer and licensed this design to G.E., Sears, Radio Shack and Emerson to name a few. They look similar but have minor cosmetic differences. I've gone as far as removing the brass gear from the clock motor shaft and removing the outer spinning shield just to lubricate the bearing and shaft prior to re-assembly with excellent results. My only issue is locating a suitable replacement for the radio dial lamp. I've seen several on ebay and electronic web sites but have yet to purchase any. Thanks for the article. -john

ElmarM (author)  greyrock3 months ago

Wow...I feel like awful. I had not been on Instructables for a long while (just reset my password because I forgot my login and password) and I had not received an email from Instructables until just about 6 weeks ago. So I do apologize. :(

I have to replace my lamp too and I have several but have not had a chance to replace it. The best place for me to find them is to cruise antique stores for old clocks. I found several vintage clocks (they all came from antiques stores or antique fairs) that contain the same type of bulb.

Again, I am so sorry for not responding in a timely bad, I should be flogged!

xandores9 months ago
This is a perfect project idea--one of the things I could do over the weekend...when I get a flip clock ^-^.
ElmarM (author)  xandores9 months ago

That's cool. I've been looking for another one but they are like hen's teeth....rare :)

Hey! Great work! I´ve just purchased a similar clock, Sony digimatic icf-670, with the same problems. I was able to solve it lubing the motor with WD40. Now it works, but my problem is that the hours number changes at 20 minutes, not 00. Do you have any idea how i can fix this?
ElmarM (author)  Nico Albanesi1 year ago
Check the number tabs. There are ears on one side and as the minutes flip by; the ear gets shorter and shorter and then the hour tab will flip. Without seeing it, my bet is the ear is broken off or damaged on the 2 tab.

I checked out what you said, and the problem is definitely in the second tab, and it´s related to he ears. This clock works with no ears on the numbers, what the ears would do, is done by a gear that shortens like the ears on your clock must do.

My guess is that the numers arent positioned correctley in the rotating drum. I´ll see if I can fix it :/ .

Thanks for your aid!

chandshar1 year ago
I had a friend who painted each of the 'flaps' in the corresponding resistor colour code brown red yellow green O'clock was 12:45
ElmarM (author)  chandshar1 year ago
WOW! Try to teach the art of telling time to your kid using that clock. The time is lellow, lellow and bown.
I actually have a flip clock just like that.
ElmarM (author)  CreativeGeek1 year ago
I think they're cool and I am amazed how accurate it is (its keeping time with a digital clock).
WrshpMzshn1 year ago
Does anyone else see the Instructables Robot head on the right side of this project?
ElmarM (author)  WrshpMzshn1 year ago
I see it now....that's funny
Very good done! I love repairing too!
ElmarM (author)  andrea biffi1 year ago
Thanks :)