Met him in the the forecourt he was busy as usually Dave Henwood put my van keys into my hand and asked do you wanna pickup your paper work now or Monday? I can pay now I replied.. But he said nah I’m far too busy… “okay Monday than I thank him and went and jump in my van to be on my merry way… a feeling of extreme bliss came over me as smiled to myself I could put those haunting images of having too sell my first born, ,,,.& or now I wouldn’t need to sell my body .. Meaning my arm or legs…
I had just survived another blasted mot. Yippee
So drove the next few miles probably less than 5..
Smilingly very very happy, I than decided I would need tank some fuel, so I drove to my local shell,
When the van became to struggle and lose most of its power, In all the gears I barely made it pass the shell fueling station and into the layby,
Before it stalled at which time I could see smoke begin to billow. Out of the bonnet. And in an instant I began shout every profanity known to man
this was not cool! Nor was the engine… it was seriously kicking out heat, so after lift bonnet I immediately went for the radiator cap. Yep not drops of water in sight, l grab a bottle of water and poured it in. It didn’t stay In it just rushed straight out “see pic ”
into a puddle by my feet. More profanity & a short while late I had a look the rubber pipe that connect the cooling reservoir to the radiator bit wasn’t connected. up??! that would explain the puddle by my feet but why wasn’t it connected? Okay warning the next few paragraphs are gonna be a bit dry to read but.
At best a true account none the less this also goes for the story so far… yep all a true event that happen just this last weekend so back too me looking at this pipe disconnected so next I began thinking the obvious. That whoever it was that worked on my van did bother to connect this rubber pipe up or at the very least didn’t put the clamp back on to the radiator side. Because it wasn’t connected… okay so I had a few evil thoughts. From my past Bout. a greasy monkey mechanic that cheated. Me in the past…
And then decided just to get on with it,
Besides Fourwinds garage. Has fantastic rep. etc…
So off I went to get a bottle of coolant and went bout clamping the hose down + filling the empty radiator,
By now the engine had cooled off considerably. and then tried turning the ignition but to no avail the start motor would just spin Continuously but the engine wasn’t having it grrrr It wouldn’t start ……
So out shear frustration + anger I rang Henwood it’s now 18:30ish Saturday evening
and Henwood is still at work. I tell him my situation he tells me to keep trying I say yeah but if the engine doesn’t fire up I will need recovering!
So I rest the engine and keep trying with no other results I ring Henwood and he send a rescue recovery.
Tthe recovery guy shows and there is still the same results so he tows the van back to Fourwinds garage yard I tell him what happened he sympathized and then tells me that they will look at my van in the morning my mind goes WoW these mechanics work Sunday morning’s respect…..
So off I go back to my place, I don’t. Ring four winds garages. Till Monday morningish
When I ring there offices, the receptionist tells me the head-gasket is blown on the van.
She then said would like to take the van back and. repair it or would you like us to repair it I say. Well it looks like you will have to I said!!! than repeat the above story and that I blaming the mechanic. That worked on my van…. etc… She says okay Dave will ring you back…