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Best/Worst Breakdown

Mine are many and some quite amusing, like the time a TR8 lost its fuel pump on a dark, dark back road in Cheshire. The realducati turned out to er..help and nearly ran me over reversing up to the offending vehicle.

Or the time when we moved up from Lanarkshire and returning the Luton hire van back to Livingston at about 5 in the morning I ran out of diesel in Portgower!! Shocked

What's yours?
susie

I'll have a pint of shandy and a bag of cheese and onion thanks very much.

Now then, many moons ago I was a Rington's Tea van driver/delivery person and I have many breakdowns under my belt from then. One time, when I was using a MK11 Escort, the van I had always kept it's petrol needs to itself and it ran dry. I was out in the wilds about 4/5 miles from a garage. I was well known in the area as I had family, friends and tea drinkers there. So I set off walking, in the sure knowledge that I'd get a lift.  I can't remember how many cars, vans, landrovers etc passed me by with a friendly wave and a jolly pip on the horn! They all thought I was out for a hike/visiting Grandad or just going to a farm with tea. They all let me walk right to the garage forecourt. Thankfully Ernie in the workshop gave me a lift back to the van. I was 2 hours late at all my remaining deliveries and ended up 5 hours late because everyone was home who wasn't normally. They all wanted to know why I was late, some had seen me walking and all had a good laugh. I was awash with tea by day's end, but happy, as always.
mrsbradey

I remember once in my trusty Moggy Minor, after dropping some friends off at there home  after a night out. I had a 20 mile journey to return home myself, it was dark and foggy!
about halfway home my trusty chariot spluttered to a  halt, i looked under the bonnet and the engine was still there, so all seemed in order. I restarted the car and it appeared to run fine, so I decided to carry on home. So I switched on my lights, and the engine promptly died! It appeared that  the dynamo (pre alternator) had killed its self!
So I could have engine or lights, it was a long 10 miles, as every time the lights of an oncoming vehicle pierced the fog, I would turn my lights on, engine dies, coast past oncoming car, turn off lights and bump start the car!    

Not my most favourite journey, but memorable all the same!!!
therealducati

Ducati dearest, wot about the time the underseat exhaust (it had three altogether, one each side and one under the seat-kept me bum lovely and warm in winter!) fell off my Honda NS400R right outside Coldstream police station? Or when the exhaust fell of the Triumph TR8 in Preston and we decided to pretend it was meant to sound like a Vulcan bomber, and drove it home at "speeds approaching a 100 miles an hour" (to quote the Purple Helmet C90 display team). Or the time the exhaust (you may be spotting a theme here) fell off the Triumph TR6 in the middle of a TR convoy in the Lakes?
I think that's all the exhaust related ones. I may start on the clutch related ones next , then the electrical faults, then the fuel supply ones, then...........
susie

At last! The truth is revealed. Give us more and more
mrsbradey

therealducati wrote:
Or when the exhaust fell of the Triumph TR8 in Preston and we decided to pretend it was meant to sound like a Vulcan bomber, and drove it home at "speeds approaching a 100 miles an hour"
Were you trying to get away from the noise?  Laughing
johno

A  Mk 1 ford mexico Rs 2000 I had just purchased from a dealer, while on the drive home a rear wheel departed from the rest of the car on a sharp corner and put me through a fence into a field. The most embarassing bit was , the wheel careering down the road towards a police car coming the other way. After informing the police that i had just bought the car & assuring them that i would contact the farmer about the fence repair they let me off with it . they even arranged for a breakdown to come and collect me.

 Man i sure wish i had that car today .
Neilsermk1

just after passing my driving test zentons ago I used to drive for Budges bakery as a part time job. One Saturday morning I was just finishing the round in the old Thames trader van.  Driving along Millbank road towards the town, when the brakes failed totally.  I don't know how many will remember the petrol pumps which stood in front of Ashley Anne, but I certainly wont. I stopped half way across the road by judicious use of the gearbox, hand brake and ignition switch.  The old van was never the same again, and I don't think James Budge who was in the back was either.
cait

probably the least spectacular breakdown i had was when i was driving a brand new porsche.  Confused
mrsbradey

cait wrote:
probably the least spectacular breakdown i had was when i was driving a brand new porsche.  Confused


and.......................?
cait

it was parked on the driveway and it wouldn't start. very unspectacular.  Laughing

but it was a porsche.  Very Happy

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