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Mental breakdown quickly corrected

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MGBV8
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby MGBV8 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:21 pm

Historically I never went anywhere without tools until we bought our Daimler. Having said that, historically, I've mainly had 70's classics.
The only tools I carry are the ones supplied when it was new!
- JC.
'94 Daimler Six. Gunmetal / Doeskin.

naki_k
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby naki_k » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:17 am

I usually go fully loaded at all times! Have used emergency tools and Spares, more times than I care to remember! :shock: over my 21 years of motoring.
I have always had break down cover, but hate using it. Not to mention the utterly joyful experience of waiting at the side of the road for hours on end, knowing that I could have fixed it in a 10-20 minutes "if only I had few basic tools". And been on my way.
I have nearly always been with the RAC, and have great respect for what those guys can achieve, on a huge range of cars, when put on the spot.
But with the kit I carry, I can get out of unforeseen situations 7/10.
Also when you drive and old car, and you rely on that to get you to work as a self employed person, you learn to be self reliant as much as possible. Especially when being 2-3 hrs late is not an option, or you may as well not bother showing up.

Everyone's situation is different, especially in relation to their type of employment, but this is what works for me.
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

MGBV8
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby MGBV8 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:11 am

When I was in my teens I used to carry enough kit to do a major job at the side of the road.
I once did a head gasket on a mates morris minor in a pub carpark, in the rain, in an hour.
Torque wrench was handy in one of the few road rage incidents I've been involved with... bloke slammed on in front of me and got out... I drove round then he sped past, slammed on and got out again... I got out with the torque wrench that happened to be on the passenger seat and asked him "if he was sure that this is what he wanted to do"... bloke got back in his car I got back in mine. :lol:
- JC.
'94 Daimler Six. Gunmetal / Doeskin.

Starbuck
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Starbuck » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:16 am

Oops.... I carry my 'emergency' tool box on longer trips - it is one of those little plastic jobbies that sits out of the way in a corner. It is tightly packed with selected tools depending on the car I am taking. In my defence, longer road trips in Australia are enough to cross several countries in Europe so I am not quite in need of a trip to the doctor just yet :? I have only ever needed it once and, you guessed it, it was the only time I decided not to bring it :roll:

Offroad trips here are a different ballgame entirely of course, and then full tool/recovery gear is on board every time.

Best,

Starbuck
'94 XJ12 (and other toys)

MagicDoormouse
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby MagicDoormouse » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:45 pm

Different ballgame over there Starbuck! My son (the English teacher) crossed the Nullabor in a camper van with his then girlfriend (now wife and mother of two) back in 2012. He managed to do that with no tools whatsoever, not even a jack!!!!! When he eventually reached NZ he phoned to give me an update and you could have knocked me down with a feather when he told me what he had done!!!!!????? :shock: :shock: :shock: He's a teacher and doesn't know one end of a screwdriver from the other so I suppose the saying "ignorance is bliss" does carry some standing?

On an up to date note, Brian did the Brighton run without issue. 3 hours to get there at 11 on Saturday morning. Parking Chris cost me £18.20 from 11am Sat to 11am Sunday. I got horribly drunk after our 4-2 win (I DO mean horribly drunk as well!!!) and had to ask my youngest to drive us home yesterday morning. I asked him to go to Anton's so I could collect some carpets but he muttered something about irresponsible Dads and alcoholism and just drove me home leaving Brighton at 7.30am and getting through my front door at 9.45. You do the maths?

I really do love my car :D :D :D
1990 Sovereign (Brian)
1994 Sovereign Silver
1993 Daimler (Parkhouse)
1990 XJR Solent
1993 Daimler Double 6
1993 XJR Flamenco
1991 XJS V12
1976 Capri 3.0 V6

Rory
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Rory » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:11 pm

I just hope you live south of Leicester... ;)

Rory
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MagicDoormouse
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby MagicDoormouse » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:26 pm

6 minutes from Junction 21 :D
1990 Sovereign (Brian)
1994 Sovereign Silver
1993 Daimler (Parkhouse)
1990 XJR Solent
1993 Daimler Double 6
1993 XJR Flamenco
1991 XJS V12
1976 Capri 3.0 V6

Rory
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Rory » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:56 am

MagicDoormouse wrote:6 minutes from Junction 21 :D


Is that with you or him driving? ;)
1992 4.0 Daimler(662003)(2010-)