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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-04, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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hey all, first time posting and i just want to share a story about what happend today.

well i drive a standard XC falcon (i6 with 350k on it) and i was on my way to pick up a gt hood as you do, and the engine looses a piston while at the lights, anyhow, thinking this was no biggy i pulled into a side street and poped the hood..well what i found was that the lower raditor hose was leaking and squirting right at the distributor . ok so i get the gaffer tape out and start fixing the problem.

45 mins later i take of and as i was merging on to the road, i lost all throdle responce which is fun when everyones doing 80. so pull the choke and use it like a make shiftthrodle and hope that i dont get smacked.

off to another side street, pop the hood again, and the troddle wire was totaly ripped inhalf. im thinking bugger howed that happen, as i was gaffer taping it back together (gaffer + zip ties = 85% of the car ).

start and go, driving very slowly now, one eye on the temp gadge and all then all of a sudden, the peddel falls off. thinking how 'fun' this and wondering if i had a EA falcon instead of a XC. i pull over, get my tools out again and fix the peddle.

still had 35 kicks in trafic @ 30 degrees to go, and i dident want to test out my MacGyver skills any more, so i turned around went home.when i got there the bottem hose let go again in the drive way.

so that was my day, gonna fix the gaffer tape monster tommrow morning and get my hood in the evening if my wheels dont fall off or something of that nature happens.

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Welcome to FF! :)

Great story. Any pics of the Gaffa Tape Monster?

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welcome to the group PK2000. Think everyone has had one of those days....... When things go wrong, they can really go wrong. Maybe you were never meant to get this hood?????

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jack up the plates and change the car

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-04, 03:14 AM
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Ah the joy's of owning a old classic,lol. welcome mate.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-04, 03:39 AM
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Mental note: Put roll of Gaf in the glove box. Have got plenty of it given I'm in a band!

Welcome....great first story :)

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-04, 02:40 PM
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I would have went home or to a parts shop straight after the hose blew. No sense loosing the engine.


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This is why I bought several rolls of gaffa tape on sunday...
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"A mans best friend"

I'll be outa siiiiiggghhhtttt...
When I get my wheels, I won't even wave goodbye!
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yes gaffa rocks. multi talented piece of equipment.
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