Nearly all of the timepieces we’ve seen in the Car Clock of the Week series have been extracted from discarded vehicles during my junkyard adventures, but today’s is different. Yes, I pulled it from a junkyard Civic at the now-defunct Pick-Your-Part in Hayward, California, way back in 2006, but that was because the 1992 Civic I’d just purchased hadn’t come with a factory-installed chronometer and I must have a clock in every car I drive.
The 1992-1995 Civic was still a very small car, with the hatchbacks weighing just a bit over a ton (the current Civic hatchback scales in at close to a thousand pounds more). If you got an Si or EX, you’d get a clock as standard equipment, but otherwise you had to pay extra; my ’92 was a DX with air conditioning and a five-speed but no clock.
After I swapped in the engine out of an Integra GS-R and took the results to the dragstrip, I decided I needed to focus on other automotive projects and sold my Civic to a 24 Hours of Lemons team. It will be
throwing rods tearing up High Plains Raceway in the near future. Naturally, I pulled the clock, the audio system, the Citroën emblems, and some other bits and pieces before I sent the car on its way.
It always kept accurate time, through 14 years and better than 100,000 miles of ownership, and I plan to install it in a car-parts boombox very soon.
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