Distracted by grandchild

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by MAUBRI, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. MAUBRI

    MAUBRI Funster

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    Please !! Please dont do what I did a couple of weeks ago, Putting the Toad on the back( with help of grandchild) before going off on a short break to Bournemouth, checked breakaway cable/Electrics/pumped the brake/connected bungy under seat to Brake pedal/checked gear stick in neutral, took keys out of ignition and locked up.:BigGrin:[ I used to have a SMARTY but now have a Toyota Yaris Verso.] Drove to the bottom of the hill and turned left approx 300 yards futher on came to roundabout and took 3rd exit BANG!! LOOKED IN REAR CAMERA TO SEE "A-FRAME" BENT DOWN TO FLOOR LEVEL ON ONE SIDE. Pulled over and then looked at front of car eeeeeeeek:cry::cry:
    As you may have realised by now I HAD TAKEN THE KEYS OUT OF THE IGNITION AND LEFT THE STEERING LOCK ON. Modern cars do not like being pulled sideways against the wheels.

    I now have a crumpled underneath bodywork,enough to push the bonnet up by 2 ins, luckily no components were damagaged; it could have been worse but I had reinforced the underneath towing framework with two 3mm angle iron bars back to the transmission subframe. The front flat 5mm bar connected to the 1 1/2" Diameter towing bar had bent down on the right hand side back to the fixing bolts.

    So basicaly I now have no current Toad, so its taxi or hire car for a while.:Blush:

    Have fun and please tell the Grandchildren to get in the RV before hitching up, its cheaper on the wallet.

    BRIAN
     
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    OOOOH!!!! PAINFUL:Doh::Doh:
     
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    Bad luck Brian - is it repairable ??
     
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    Yikes!!!! I can imagine what you felt when you heard that noise!!!!!:cry:
     
  5. MAUBRI

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    Sort of but not perfect without a new load of panels, I've pulled out and straightened most, luckily it wasn't a problem with the MOT. There was no damage to the top Bodywork/Panels

    Brian
     
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    Have you still got the grandkids? or have they been disposed with :thumb:
     
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    Well just fancy , poor grandchild takes the blame.

    We just hate admitting to senile dementure don't we.

    Aks the Missus for an honest opinion, she will tell you its been creeping in for years

    Alan
     
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