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Interesting finds in a car?
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Rick
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:05 pm    Post subject: Interesting finds in a car? Reply with quote

Aft'noon all,

Have you ever found anything interesting hidden away in a car you've bought, perhaps in an ash tray, or beneath a seat squab?

I once found an old leather wallet. Sadly there was no money in it. Although there was a stack of 1930s-1950s tax discs, not one of which related to the car the wallet was found in. These went on to be featured on the main site as examples of tax discs over the years.

RJ
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once hired a VW Type 2 camper from Jim Alves in Somerset and when we were packing it prior to driving to Scotland we found a bag of dog biscuits, a bottle of gin and a bottle of whisky in the lockers. Two of the three were consumed...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

riley541 wrote:
I once hired a VW Type 2 camper from Jim Alves in Somerset and when we were packing it prior to driving to Scotland we found a bag of dog biscuits, a bottle of gin and a bottle of whisky in the lockers. Two of the three were consumed...


Smile What did you do with the gin?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My current, temporary daily driver, I discovered had two jacks and wheel braces.....one, behind a side panel, where it ought to be...the other, in a lift up locker under the rear floor...obviously where it ought to be as well.

It is a Suzuki Grand[!] Vitara, of dubious parentage, gestated this century..I presume someone at Suzuki, thought, ''better produce stowage for the jack, etc''....then went on holiday....when his temporary replacement came to work, thought, 'better make a special place to put the jack, etc'......
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found lots of old 30's and 40's fag packets in my 37 Ford, some still had cigarettes in them.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was 19 I bought a Singer Gazelle off a farmer, I picked it up the next day and when I got it back to where I worked on my cars I found a sack of freshly drowned kittens in the boot. Lovely!



The sack and contents were returned onto the perpetrators front lawn at 1am. He was lucky they weren't posted through his letter box.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 2004 I bought a grey import 1994 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.8 SWB manual direct from the importer in Dublin. It proved to be a good buy but it had one annoying fault - a rattle at low revs and a resonance or buzzing noise from under the bonnet at 3000 rpm in 5th gear only.

I looked and looked but just couldn't find anything amiss. In the end I took to a mechanic friend who heard the noise but he couldn't identify the source of the noise either.

One evening I removed the sump guard (and rather wished later that I hadn't because it was a pain to replace) and shone a torch onto the engine from underneath.

The beam reflected off something shiny under the one of the two battery trays.
This is what was causing the rattle and the resonance/buzzing.



Yes, a Snap On Stubby ratchet with a 10 mil extended socket.
Somewhere in Japan there must have been one annoyed mechanic cursing the loss of one of his tools.

It has pride of place in my tool collection.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old driving licences, not found by me came via my father.
I remember going into Walt's scrap yard in the early 60's


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish DM would post smaller pic's I can hardly read any of this on my IPad!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
I wish DM would post smaller pic's I can hardly read any of this on my IPad!


No problem, just found out how to resize the pic's on my Ipad.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once bought an Alfasud Sprint from a Chinese restaurant in Manchester.

Apart from the fact that it stank of bean-sprouts (almost unbearably so in hot weather) the glove box was full, almost to the point of exclusion of air, of peanuts. How the hell they had done this was beyond me, it had to have been from above with the door closed. Why?, is another question

A Land Rover Defender I've bought recently came with a free pair of carbon-fibre walking poles and a full packet of heart medicine...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the 90s I bought a BMW and gave it a good interior clean, removing the back seat squab. Underneath were several "interesting" sachets containing white powder.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
In the 90s I bought a BMW and gave it a good interior clean, removing the back seat squab. Underneath were several "interesting" sachets containing white powder.


I once found something similar tucked under the central instrument binnacle of an old Mini, though it may have been more like crystals than powder. Whatever it was I washed the contents down the sink and worried until the bin men came and took the packet away too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bitumen Boy wrote:
... and worried until the bin men came and took the packet away too.


Easiest thing if you have something "iffy" like that to dispose of is to wait until bin-emptying day and put it in someone else's bin.
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