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If you can't fix it with a hammer and a roll of duck tape, it's not worth fixing at all, my old mate said minutes before that nasty business with the hammer and a roll of duck tape. Tell us of McGyver-like repairs and whether they were a brilliant success or a health and safety nightmare.

(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 11:58)
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Full speed ahead, captain
I have a kit car, which means sunny summer sunday breakdowns are not so much commonplace as compulsory. One time, it was a snapped throttle cable, and I had popped out with next to no tools. Everything on the car is pretty basic and exposed, so I could straight away see it had snapped off right where it connected to the carbs. After some rummaging around, I managed to come up with an electrical block connector. Removing the plastic cover, I was able to use it to bridge the snapped cable without shortening it, effecting a temporary repair worthy of McGyver.

It was alright at first, on the slow roads, but when I got on the duel carriage way it all went horribly wrong. The bodge got hooked up in this hoop thing on the carb and jammed the throttle wide open and sent me screaming off down the road like a mad idiot.

Luckily, what with it being a duel carriage way and the car all made up of old technology, I just let it go until I found some space, put it in neutral, turned the engine off and coasted into a side road. I unhooked the cable, then sat for a minute while all the traffic I had just roared past at an indecent speed ambled by.

Then I crept home. I may have slunk a bit too.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:14, closed)
Ooh
what sort of kit car?
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:23, closed)
what sort
it's a Tiger Supercat... looks a bit like a Super 7
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:36, closed)
But Ford 2 litre (Pinto or Zetec) based, right?
Nice one. *approves*
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 20:58, closed)
drink a pinto petrol a minute
yep, Pinto it is. I wanted Zetec, but the budget didn't stretch to it. It means the fuel consumption is a bit of an issue though, maybe it was a false economy. Personally I think its the way it spits huge gouts of blue flame out the exhaust that reduces its fuel efficiency.

But anyway, thank you for your kind words :)

It's in the shed these days I am sad to say, waiting for better times.

They are coming, the good times, for sure. They just got held up... sure there's an reasonable explaination... can't keep getting worse... can it?
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 21:19, closed)

D U *A* L

duel = fighting with pistols.
dual = two.

It's not difficult.
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 22:10, closed)
No
He forgot to mention he was also sword fighting with another kit car. Both had leather flying caps and googles, and scarves. His evil opponent had a highwayman mask and a thin moustache, and cackled evilly as he passed the stricken vehicle at the end
(, Thu 10 Mar 2011, 23:15, closed)
yep
he is right, I was
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 19:14, closed)

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