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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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Another wreck of a car one
I once hitched a lift in a Morris Traveller that must have been the least roadworthy vehicle I've ever seen in motion. It had all the usuals: holes in the floor, wipers operated by a loop of string, exhaust held on by rubber bands and optimism, and so on.

But the true gem was that the driver had the seat-belt wrapped around his arm. I though at first that he was holding the door shut in this way, which would have been bad enough, but no: he was holding the entire side of the car on.

The wooden frame had rotted, and the metal had rusted, so that it was only attached at the front. He'd wound the belt around the door post so that he could hold it on, but it still flapped alarmingly as we drove along, like a broken wing.

Not surprisingly, I saw the car a few weeks later completely collapsed. In a lovely comedy touch, all four wheels had fallen outwards.
(, Tue 15 Mar 2011, 13:55, 1 reply)
Reminds me of a car a college friend of mine had
He drove it from Stoke to Brum, bits falling off and seizing up all the way, until he reached his destination. The engine finally packed up at the end of the street, allowing him to coast gracefully to a halt outside his auntie's house.

He was only really disgruntled about the doors. One wouldn't open and one wouldn't shut. Seemed somehow unsporting of it.
(, Tue 15 Mar 2011, 14:10, closed)

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