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.


Step 1: Opening Pandora’s Box


1. Remove the plastic case
    a. Pull the knobs off (the one on the sides were the only ones left)
    b. Remove the screws
         1. The three behind the clock/radio
         2. Underneath remove all of the screws from the left and right side
         3. Underneath remove the center screw
         4. Underneath there are a few screws in the front - remove them too
         5. Do not remove the screws for the speakers and the screw that is
             sitting in a triangle shape (I don't know what that is for....yet)
    c. remove the case
<p>It reminds me of the clock radio dad had.</p>
<p><strong>It`s A Good Idea ?????<br></strong></p><p><strong>Thank All.<br></strong></p>
I just bought a similar radio clock at a thrift store the other day. Its a General Electric model 7-4300F. Now, as far as the clock goes, all seems well, but when you run the radio for a minute, the radio begins to smoke. I wish to know if and how I can repair this. If anyone has any input, I'd be very greatful. Also, it was only $2, so if left unfixed, it won't be that big of a deal.
<p>sorry for not getting back....I have not been getting notifications that I had comments. Have you had your fixed?</p>
Hi!<br><br>Please, I need help!<br><br>I bought an old Digimatic. The clock and radio work fine, but I cant set the alarm clock. There are 2 buttons over the radio (manual and automatic) and the knob on the side to adjust the alarm.<br><br>Any tips?<br><br>Thanks!!
I'm so sorry for not getting back to you as soon as you made your comment. The instructables notifications don't seem to be working....will send a ticket for that. To answer your question. After you set your alarm time, select &quot;auto&quot; and select &quot;on&quot; for the radio.
<p>What is the model number on that clock, if <br>you don't mind my asking? Thanks to nostalgia, I've been looking all <br>over the internet for that particular model.</p><p>I remember seeing a <br>clock very similar to yours at my late grandfather's house when I was <br>helping set up an estate sale ten years ago. When I look back nowadays, I<br> really wish I'd have held onto the clock, and I hate myself for not <br>keeping it, but oh well.</p>
<p>I'm so sorry for not getting back with you. I have not been getting messages from Instructables about any new messages from folks and it looks like I have a few out there (will have to report it as a bug). I believe it is a Lloyds lj61G-118B. My apologies again for not getting back.</p>
<p>Please never use WD-40 to lubricate anything. It is a temporary solution and there are much better lubricants to use for clocks and other things also.</p><p>Here is what I recommend that will last much longer than WD-40 (just ask anyone at a bicycle store):</p><p>1. Triflow (can purchase at most bicycle shops or amazon)</p><p>2. Clock oil (can purchase on amazon).</p><p>Great instructions!</p><p>Bob</p>
<p>One more thing to add in my my post abut not using WD-40. </p><p>If the thing you are needing to lubricate is frozen and you cannot more it, then spray Liquid Wrench penetrating oil (the original) on it, and then let it sit for at least 2 hours, and then re-try loosening it. If this does not work then retry.</p><p>Once it is not stuck, then wipe any remaining Liquid wrench off, then use one of the lubricating oils I suggested (Triflow or clock oil).</p><p>Thanks </p><p>Bob</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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. :(</p><p>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. </p><p>Again, I am so sorry for not responding in a timely manner....my bad, I should be flogged! </p>
This is a perfect project idea--one of the things I could do over the weekend...when I get a flip clock ^-^.
<p>That's cool. I've been looking for another one but they are like hen's teeth....rare :)</p>
Hey! Great work! I&acute;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?
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.
<p>I checked out what you said, and the problem is definitely in the second tab, and it&acute;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.</p><p>My guess is that the numers arent positioned correctley in the rotating drum. I&acute;ll see if I can fix it :/ . <br><br>Thanks for your aid!<br><br></p>
I had a friend who painted each of the 'flaps' in the corresponding resistor colour code ......so brown red yellow green O'clock was 12:45
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.
I think they're cool and I am amazed how accurate it is (its keeping time with a digital clock).
Does anyone else see the Instructables Robot head on the right side of this project?
I see it now....that's funny
Very good done! I love repairing too!
Thanks :)

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