With reference to “The Remarkable Mystery of the Elusive Dry-Cell” in your January issue. As the owner of a 1967 Triumph 2000, this type of clock seems to be a standard fitting. The Owners’ Handbook refers to it on page 10 and I quote:
“The clock is energised by a Mallory cell hearing aid battery which has a life of approximately eighteen months, during which period the clock will maintain regular time-keeping until the battery is exhausted; the clock will then stop.”
The battery is housed in a carrier which is attached to the mill-board inside the parcels-shelf. A small aperture in the bottom face of the carrier enables the battery to be pushed out. To ensure correct polarity when inserting a new battery, the carrier is shaped to prevent incorrect assembly.
The clock is a Smiths (No. CET 3506/00) and a battery was obtainable from the local Triumph distributors.
E. G. Thomas.
With reference to your article about electric clocks—I owned two Triumph 2000s of 1966 and 1967 vintage, both of which had clocks driven by a small dry battery. I had no difficulty in getting spare batteries for these clocks from the local distributors, so presumably they were well known. My present 2000 Mk. II has a different system, I think.
I hope your cup of happiness is now complete.
John H. Moir.
[These are but two of the letters received on this subject.—Ed.].