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Bit of an anorak question, but I'm interested to know from a history point of view. I've had a couple of Capri clocks and the second hand sweeps on both. But I have another spare and on that one the second hand 'ticks'. Does anyone know at what point/model/year Ford changed the clock from one to the other, or even if the ticking clocks are from earlier Capri models and/or Fords.
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pbar wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:01 am Bit of an anorak question, but I'm interested to know from a history point of view. I've had a couple of Capri clocks and the second hand sweeps on both. But I have another spare and on that one the second hand 'ticks'. Does anyone know at what point/model/year Ford changed the clock from one to the other, or even if the ticking clocks are from earlier Capri models and/or Fords.

I love a clock question ! But I remember my grandad saying in a mk2 Capri I think all you can here is the clock ticking like a Rolls Royce :lol:
My mk5 cortinas clock ticked but your right newer ones don’t .
As only a guess some have a quartz movement and the older ones work on a electric mechanic movement . As a old clock that was wired in to the house from the 50s on wards .
Going back further clocks in cars were just simple pocket watches and some were up side down like a travel clock ….
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My A reg S has a ticking clock.
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Jasonmarie wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:56 pm.
As only a guess some have a quartz movement and the older ones work on a electric mechanic movement . As a old clock that was wired in to the house from the 50s on wards .
In the old hospitals I've explored, I was surprised to see the clocks in the wards had no mechanism. They were slave clocks - triggered every 60 seconds with an electrical pulse sent from the master clock in the Engineer's Office which would advance them one minute.

I met a man who looked into installing a salvaged setup in his house (his entire house was a 1970s time capsule built from an army barracks (Marchington Camp - the Officer's Mess was now his front room) a power station (clockwork signage all over the place, he had even plumbed in a gas powered sanitary towel incinerator :lol: ) and lots of lighting, chandeliers and street lights and lamps were from Cane Hill Hospital), but he decided the slave clocks were too much of a ballache to fit and synch up without the master clock.
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Thanks guys, the evidence so far then suggests that Fords/Capri had the ticking clock until around 1984, then switched to the sweeping one I guess.
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I'm not sure if the clock in the GL is original, but if it is then that is a sweeping one and that was a 1981 build

Could the part numbers on the clocks be different for ticking/sweeping clocks?
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I believe the ticking clock was introduced for the 1300 model as it meant the driver could count his 0-60 time whilst still staring out of the windscreen to check the road hadn't run out. :xd:
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Bug wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:53 am I believe the ticking clock was introduced for the 1300 model as it meant the driver could count his 0-60 time whilst still staring out of the windscreen to check the road hadn't run out. :xd:
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Bug wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:53 am I believe the ticking clock was introduced for the 1300 model as it meant the driver could count his 0-60 time whilst still staring out of the windscreen to check the road hadn't run out. :xd:
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Bug wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 9:53 am I believe the ticking clock was introduced for the 1300 model as it meant the driver could count his 0-60 time whilst still staring out of the windscreen to check the road hadn't run out. :xd:

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I think the mk2s had ticking clocks but i also think they have slightly different look to the sweeping type? I think the colour of the needle is more orange on the ticking type? And maybe the graduations are a different colour?
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You could well be right Nat with the appearances, the spare ticking one I have certainly has orange fingers, my later ones are more yellow, I thought they had faded with age. Definitely some changes to the rear of them too.
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Looool ok here is my clock :lol:

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So that's a ticker but the fingers definitely look yellow! I'm thinking they were all orange to begin with but many have faded.
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:agree: I also think that all Mk3's were orange.

And Mk2's were white (hour, minute) with red "seconds finger", if I'm right.


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I never thought we would start a clock photo page on here :lol:
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It should be an entirely separate category. Rant and Rave, Q+A, Clocks.
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In James Taylor's "Factory-Original Ford Capri MKII & III" book it states this about the clock:

"The quartz clock embedded in the centre console always had yellow hands, even though the main dials had red hands".

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pbar wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:01 am the second hand sweeps on both.
pbar wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 8:13 pm the fingers definitely look yellow!
Interesting to note that the "hands" have been downgraded to "fingers" somewhere in the thread! :lol:

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Andrew 2.8i wrote: Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:44 pm
"The quartz clock embedded in the centre console always had yellow hands, even though the main dials had red hands".

Interesting, but it must be wrong as we actually have evidence of clocks with 'red' hands/fingers (delete as preferred!) although it seems more of an orange really.
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