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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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If you keep bodging eventually everything will work fine.
I was on my way to work enjoying the drive at the death defying speeds rush hour traffic allows in this part of the country (around 10Mph on a good day) when the traffic in front stopped...and so did I, the trouble came when I went to pull away...Into gear, accelerator down and nothing...not even the slightest change in revs...Bollocks thinks I, snapped throttle cable.

A phone call to the AA (I had already opened the bonnet/boot and it looked fine to me at first glance so it was clear that it was a super technical issue that only the best Lotus engineers would be able to figure out) and a 2 hour wait ends up with the AA man looking in the footwell of my car, saying "oh right", then going to his van and picking up a carrier bag which he proceeeds to rip up and stuff in the socket of the ball joint that had worn away, causing the connecting rod between throttle and linkage to fall off. 30secs and I was on my way again! Only for it to come off again a mile down the road.

I popped the bodge back on and got going again, about half a mile from work it happen again, so, knowing what the problem was at this point I looked around the car for something to bodge the bodge...The only thing even slightly string like was an in car charger for my phone...which I spent a good 5mins tying as tight as possible to secure throttle to cable, I was on my way again...And it failed in the car park at work...Fuck.

Fast forward to early evening and I'm leaving work again, but not before I raided the Server room of cable ties and gaffer tape and set to bodging the bodge i'd bodged earlier after the bodge that was bodged by the AA guy didn't work quite right. A month and a half later and I keep reminding myself that I really need to call and order the new part.
(, Fri 11 Mar 2011, 15:29, closed)

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