Hey guys -
Serious public service announcement here. Tonight I nearly lost my car and prolly a house and some other stuff.
So I ran out of petrol on the way home, like I do every non-pay week. Within 40 metres of a petrol station (uphill, so I couldn't roll it..) Quick call to a dodgy mate, can of mower fuel, tip a bit down the carbie, bolt the air cleaner back up, give her a kick in the guts.
I didn't notice anything, except for old mate going apeshit and trying to open the bonnet. I pop it and hop out, wondering what's going on, walk around to the front...
Fire, fire and more fkn fire. We'd obviously spilt a bit when we were topping up the carbie in the dark, and bloody EVERYTHING was burning. The carbie, the inlet manifold, the hoses, the spark plug leads. So we start beating it out with our bare hands. Not doing ANYTHING. I take off my leather jacket and start trying to smother it. After what felt like 30 minutes (but was probably closer to 45 seconds), I was saying "**** it, too dangerous, let's run and hide." Fortunately, just then, the fire burnt itself out.
No major damage - coupla vacuum tubes destroyed, plug leads and accelerator cable look a bit dodgy and the car's running really rough (suspect that's because i've moved/bent something on the choke side of the carbie trying to put it out). The car drove home.
We were lucky. Buy a fire extinguisher. Get over the "she'll be right" attitude
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