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Man drove car sitting on bucket and steering with pliers
cp8759
post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 10:44
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-44819316

Maybe he was restoring it?


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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 10:58
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Not seen mole grips for steering for years... makes me feel nostalgic smile.gif
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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 19:07
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I've seen a report of a rally driver using mole grips as a gear lever but don't recall any reports of using them for steering
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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 20:04
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Used to be common to see RWD Escorts with a screwdriver as the gear lever, the retaining ring was cheap stamped steel and used to fail


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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 20:31
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You feel there is some extra story behind it - it looks like part way through a restoration though why you'd want to restore a 206 is anyone's guess. It sounds like he was perhaps just moving the car onto the road to shuffle things around in the garage, rather than actually making a journey.

Otherwise the tyre would be shredded, and presumably driving at 2am with no headlights doesn't make you amazingly inconspicuous.

I think he thought it was 2am, took a chance to park it up for 15 minutes, and lost.

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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 20:35
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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 21:04) *
Used to be common to see RWD Escorts with a screwdriver as the gear lever, the retaining ring was cheap stamped steel and used to fail
The stamped steel was the de lux version.
Mk3 Cortinas had a nylon retaining ring with a very fine thread.
Stripped very easily.... very embarrassing cutting up a bus, gear lever coming out in hand and being left in neutral.... waving gear stick out of the window is not the best way to apologise.
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post Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 22:46
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I've had a few elderly French cars, as they are inevitably amazingly comfortable seat wise. The worst was a Citroen AX which had an electrical fault where every couple of weeks the headlights would turn off when you were driving. The way to fix them was to turn it off for five seconds then turn it back on. Fine on a motorway, less good on a country road.

Like any intermittent electrical fault on a French car it is impossible to fix and is probably original to the production line.

I got it solely on the basis of the fact it has a wine bottle holder in the driver and passenger doors, which when you're a student is enough to get you laid. Tested.

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post Sun, 15 Jul 2018 - 18:00
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QUOTE (notmeatloaf @ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 23:46) *
I've had a few elderly French cars, as they are inevitably amazingly comfortable seat wise. The worst was a Citroen AX which had an electrical fault where every couple of weeks the headlights would turn off when you were driving. The way to fix them was to turn it off for five seconds then turn it back on. Fine on a motorway, less good on a country road.

Like any intermittent electrical fault on a French car it is impossible to fix and is probably original to the production line.

I got it solely on the basis of the fact it has a wine bottle holder in the driver and passenger doors, which when you're a student is enough to get you laid. Tested.


Wine bottle holder in a car laugh.gif

Reminds me of the handy whisky pick-me-up to combat driver fatigue in one of Mt Cholmondley-Warner's reports.
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post Sun, 15 Jul 2018 - 22:25
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my motorbike was knocked over in a car park , clutch lever broke off

went into local £1 shop , £3.50 for 3 molegrips (different sizes ), used smallest ones clipped onto stub of broken lever to get me home

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post Mon, 16 Jul 2018 - 08:26
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QUOTE (Ocelot @ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 - 19:00) *
QUOTE (notmeatloaf @ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 23:46) *

I got it solely on the basis of the fact it has a wine bottle holder in the driver and passenger doors, which when you're a student is enough to get you laid. Tested.

Wine bottle holder in a car laugh.gif

It was actually designed to hold a water bottle, bear in mind that this was when tap water was undrinkable in France, still wine bottle holder sounds far sexier than cheap plastic mineral water bottle holder.


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post Mon, 16 Jul 2018 - 09:04
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"Man drove car sitting on bucket"

Has Oor Wullie finally traded in his cartie?

Edit: actually, typing that made me think about the grammar.

"How on earth did a car manage to sit on a bucket?"

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post Tue, 17 Jul 2018 - 13:59
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Oh, come on people, this is not unusual, its all the rage.

https://gizmodo.com/driving-a-car-with-plie...not-a-876059448



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post Tue, 17 Jul 2018 - 15:12
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QUOTE (The Rookie @ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 21:04) *
Used to be common to see RWD Escorts with a screwdriver as the gear lever, the retaining ring was cheap stamped steel and used to fail

Driven a few bangers in my time but nearest I've come to a wayward gearlever was when I returned to my Avenger in dead of darkness after fishing to find that I couldn't get in to any gears - had to call the AA out and he/we eventually sussed that the bottom of the gear lever connected to the box with a roll pin and somehow or other the pin had gone awol ( probably in bottom of gearbox) so it was replaced by a piece of wire and job done . This was pre Relay days so the AA man called for permission to follow me home and off I went with a warning to make gentle gear changes and 22 miles later we arrived home .

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post Tue, 17 Jul 2018 - 17:54
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QUOTE (notmeatloaf @ Sat, 14 Jul 2018 - 23:46) *
I've had a few elderly French cars, as they are inevitably amazingly comfortable seat wise. The worst was a Citroen AX which had an electrical fault where every couple of weeks the headlights would turn off when you were driving. The way to fix them was to turn it off for five seconds then turn it back on. Fine on a motorway, less good on a country road.

Like any intermittent electrical fault on a French car it is impossible to fix and is probably original to the production line.

I got it solely on the basis of the fact it has a wine bottle holder in the driver and passenger doors, which when you're a student is enough to get you laid. Tested.

Indicator stalk- it used to happen on my ZX and the new stalk cured it. Shoogling the stalk also helped sometimes.

Lights also stayed on all the time in the rain. Central locking would work rapidly when using the key in the door.

Comfy as sin though for a car which would have been 15/16 years old when I had it.
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post Tue, 17 Jul 2018 - 18:10
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I did drive for a few months, many years ago, with my battery attached via string, after the part of the engine it sat on had partially rusted away.

Not something I'd repeat.
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