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DIY 55/56 Custom Clock

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It rained most of the day and I got bored. I know quartz clocks are available but I got about $10 bucks in this one. I found a clock movement at my local craft store and dug out all my original 55/56 parts clocks. I used one I found under a car in the woods so as not to ruin a good rebuildable clock. I was originally going to use the two 56 clock hands but really liked the seconds hand from the new movement. I cut this and that and after some spray painting alot of small pieces, I reassembled it. I installed a green LED to light it up. I will epoxy the movement to the rear of the bezel to hold it in place. I have a working clock that runs on a AA battery!
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You could also wire in a resister to drop 12v down to 1.5 and run it from the car battery... I don't think it would draw enough current to drain the battery over a year or two...
Great idea Hafrod, it looks great. One question though how hard will it be to change the battery when it dies? I know removing/reinstalling my clock was pia...or is your clock just fitted in place and not bolted down?
G.R., its pretty easy once you get your hand wound up in there. Its about as easy as changing the bulb in the factory clock. I got it installed.
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You should start a business. That clock is excellent. Seriously you could do a '57 version too.
With your ingenuity maybe you could mount a battery holder in the top of the glove compartment or somewhere within easy reach and extend the wires there.
Many thanks to Hafrod...

I did the same thing with my '56 clock.

I thought I'd post some more pictures in case anyone else wants to make this mod. The more pictures the better for me.

Took the old clock apart and cut the back off of it using a Dremel and a cutoff wheel.

Marked off the areas to remove to allow the square clockworks to fit into the round clock.

I cut some rubber spacers, about an 1/8th thick and enlarged the hole in the original clock face backing.
The spacers are inserted between the old clock back face and the new clock
in order to adjust it to the front of the clock face and the hands.

Mounted the new clock works in the housing and cut the new hands down to size.
I got some model airplane paint and painted the hands too.

My new clock was different than Hafrod's, it had a spot to mount an AA battery built in,
but I stuffed the green LED (12V, RadioShack) under there and extended the LED wires
and the battery contacts out with wires too.

I got 12V from the original lamp socket wire for the LED (so it would dim)
and connected a ground wire to sheet metal.

I connected a AA battery mount from RadioShack and mounted it in the glove box.

Hooked up the wires and reinstalled the clock and speaker grill and it all works great.
Clock keeps perfect time and the light in the clock dims and brightens with the rest of the dash lights.
And as you can see, I was all done by 2:00 O'Clock.
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