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MagicDoormouse
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Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby MagicDoormouse » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:16 pm

As part of our football pre-season warm up, my two younger sons and I are going to Brighton for a friendly game tomorrow afternoon. Something of a one off I must say but this has come as the result of a £100 bet between the manager and Chris Eubanks' son????? :? :? Anyway, after a lot of prevaricating, we three are travelling down in Brian and this will be his first 100 mile plus run out since the annoying missing/lumpy running issue I've had for a while. Being the tightwad that I am, I tried replacing many parts (many times!) without success until, after a conversation with (now local boy) Zorba, sorry, Naki, I changed the TPS that was full of oil and voila! Job's a good 'un! The thing is, on the trip to the Shell station, I just found myself turning into some weird crossbreed entity, sort of a Boyan/Naki kind of thing? I did the usual stuff on the forecourt, fuelled up, checked the tyres, water, pissers etc etc and came home. I put the one bag that we need on the back seat and then it happened! :shock: I picked up my trolley jack and toolbox and put them in the boot!!!!! What the ****? I have covered over 110,000 miles in Brian during my ownership and I've never carried tools (let alone a bloody trolley jack!) in anticipation of breaking down???? I just stood there scratching the back of my neck thinking, what the hell are you doing? I then had a very colourful memory of myself shaking hands with the previous owner when I bought the car (Sept 2002) and him saying "it will never let you down as long as you look after it!" Within a few seconds the boot was empty again and normal service was resumed. I must make an appointment at the doc's to get my top twenty checked out but in the meantime, Brighton here we come!! :lol: :lol:
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

Steve_D
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Steve_D » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:46 pm

MagicDoormouse wrote:As part of our football pre-season warm up, my two younger sons and I are going to Brighton for a friendly game tomorrow afternoon. Something of a one off I must say but this has come as the result of a £100 bet between the manager and Chris Eubanks' son????? :? :? Anyway, after a lot of prevaricating, we three are travelling down in Brian and this will be his first 100 mile plus run out since the annoying missing/lumpy running issue I've had for a while. Being the tightwad that I am, I tried replacing many parts (many times!) without success until, after a conversation with (now local boy) Zorba, sorry, Naki, I changed the TPS that was full of oil and voila! Job's a good 'un! The thing is, on the trip to the Shell station, I just found myself turning into some weird crossbreed entity, sort of a Boyan/Naki kind of thing? I did the usual stuff on the forecourt, fuelled up, checked the tyres, water, pissers etc etc and came home. I put the one bag that we need on the back seat and then it happened! :shock: I picked up my trolley jack and toolbox and put them in the boot!!!!! What the ****? I have covered over 110,000 miles in Brian during my ownership and I've never carried tools (let alone a bloody trolley jack!) in anticipation of breaking down???? I just stood there scratching the back of my neck thinking, what the hell are you doing? I then had a very colourful memory of myself shaking hands with the previous owner when I bought the car (Sept 2002) and him saying "it will never let you down as long as you look after it!" Within a few seconds the boot was empty again and normal service was resumed. I must make an appointment at the doc's to get my top twenty checked out but in the meantime, Brighton here we come!! :lol: :lol:


Powerful stuff! I carry tools and jump leads and a CPS etc. and have never used any of them. But...if I take them out it may provoke a failure to to disturbing the force. My second car is an 18 year old Astra 1.6 auto and I happily go on multi-hundred mile journeys in that with no such "worries". Strange isn't it - since the Jag though older is made of much tougher stuff. PS make sure you have somewhere to park in Brighton. Last time I went there years ago we ended up parking in Hove and walking - nightmare - good visit on the whole though. Good luck.

pimgmx
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby pimgmx » Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:07 pm

I've never gone beyond the Jag toolkit, small amounts of coolant/ATF/engine oil, and some spare bulbs and fuses.
Never needed more than the occasional coolant top-up (no need since my new water pump, btw) and incidental bulb replacement so far.

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the diva: 88 Biturbo SI https://bit.ly/3dzdvAL
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

ChrisW
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:13 pm

I find a fire extinguisher useful.

Generally though I travel light. Just a mobile phone, access to a breakdown service and a credit card should get you out of most situations.

You'll be fine.

You wont find a parking space in Brighton though.
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Simont485 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:32 pm

I joined the AA when I got the Xj12!!!!
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ChrisW
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:13 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous ?

I sympathise.
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pimgmx
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby pimgmx » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:29 pm

ChrisW wrote:I find a fire extinguisher useful

An understated way of saying "Marelli ignition on board"? ;)

I used to have on in the Scimitar (they have an "interesting" self-BBQ reputation) and will defo have on in the DD6 when that goes back on the road...

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the diva: 88 Biturbo SI https://bit.ly/3dzdvAL
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby ChrisW » Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:58 pm

You're not wrong Pim.
You had a Scimitar ? I'm jealous. Always fancied one of them. V6 and manual overdrive.
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby Rensdd6 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:33 pm

I just had the solent blue DD6 on the road again, New MOT, insurance and tax, ready to drive to France with Sabine. But without bushes replaced (I gave Pim his custom spring compressor back , I didn't dare to start with the dreadful job) and with the resulting uneven weared front tyres. I corrected the front wheel alignment by eye by turning the right hand tie-rod one turn out. I drove a few miles and found the result not convincing. I had packed my large tool box and decided not to take a Jack with me. But during the night I was thinking about the scenarios while driving 800 kms with increased tyre wear. And I realized Sabine would be my passenger all the time. I like experiments,she doesn't, in particular if driving safety is involved.

So, the morning we left, I unpacked the Daimler and got all the stuff in her Berlingo. Yes, including my large toolkit. Needless to say that we arrived safely and without worries in Nantes a few days ago. I have to admit that for a short time I considered to get the heaviest tool to slam the farmers out of our way near Rouen, however. So mixed feelings, as far as I am concerned. ... We are now south of Angers.
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1985 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas 383,000 km
1985 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas wreck
1987 Rover 825 Sterling
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pimgmx
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Re: Mental breakdown quickly corrected

Postby pimgmx » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:02 am

ChrisW wrote:You had a Scimitar ?

A black on black SE5A.
Too much of a project for my limited spannering skills back then and sold it on, still regret it!

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the diva: 88 Biturbo SI https://bit.ly/3dzdvAL
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq