Category: Personal

Volvo 1 – Vauxhall 0

Volvo 1 – Vauxhall 0

Well it’s been nearly 3 years since I got my Volvo V70,it ticks all the boxes of being big, comfortable, powerful and always in the back of the mind, safe. I’ve tested the first 3 extensively, loading everything from work samples and equipment to furniture (sofas and wardrobes) to the vast array of products required for the tiny human. I’ve travelled over 75,000 miles and enjoyed just about all of them and have towed various trailers even with the car fully loaded.
I’ve finally and sadly this weekend tested the final point, whilst crawling along in slow moving traffic the queue came to a sudden stop, I braked hard and stopped just short of the car in front breathing a very brief sigh of relief before the bang and sudden jerk of the car behind hitting me. We stopped, checked everyone was unhurt and began to survey the damage before exchanging details, it’s this damage survey that is the real point of this post.
My Volvo V70 features a plastic bumper covering the steel body of a soviet tank, the plastic has buckled and sprung away from the body, snapping the clips around the edge, and until confirmed by the bodyshop that appears to be it.
The other vehicle was a Vauxhall Astra, this I am sorry to say did not fair so well. This is only a very brief observation but initial damage report looks like front bumper, grill, bonnet and headlight, the passenger door wouldn’t open so at least the wing is also bucked and possibly the chassis, the fluid leaking from the engine is probably water and so potentially the radiator. I’ll probably never know the full extent or final bill but I suspect it will be more than the Volvo.

Update: The damage to the Volvo was confirmed as being a bumper beyond repair (it’s only plastic and more cosmetic than structural after all) and a broken parking sensor. I never did find out what the cost was or the damage to the other vehicle as the insurance dealt with everything but I’m sure I came off the better.

Buying a trailer

Buying a trailer

I organised an event, it would be great, lots of people coming, the sun would shine but my most pressing issue was the large amount of equipment required and my lack of transportation for it. I have a big car but when loaded it filled every inch plus some, so the search began for a trailer.

I never knew that the world of trailers could be so extensive, we considered buying new or second hand (in a couple of cases second generation!), we looked at every possible length, width, height and weight but mainly looked at price.

Eventually we found a reasonable sized trailer at a great price, it was old and battered but the seller assured me it was road worthy apart from a slow puncture but it came with a spare.

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It wasn’t local but the price was good enough to justify the drive, we arrived and looked round the trailer, the wheel with a slow puncture was a 1inch rip, the spare was flat with a not so slow leak but with regular stops we could get away with it. We hitched it to the car, checked that the fitted lights were as faulty as they looked and attached our light board. All was well until we attempted to drive away, as we went over a curb at the entrance the axle parted company with the trailer. We briefly debated the options for a temporary fix but in the end had to abandon that plan.20130526-195209
Having driven some distance we decided that the best plan was a break for lunch and rethink. Thanks to the wonders of technology we were able to scour eBay for alternatives and found another trailer ending imminently close by. This was perfect we could bid on it over our dessert and collect on our way home.

 

So with a winning bid we headed off to collect and hope for better luck with this one.

 

20130526-212132All good, loaded and even did a deal on an old barrel the guy had!

Introduction

Introduction

Hello,

I’ve always had lots going on in my life and many projects on the go but recently when looking for my next challenge my wife informed me that I have a habit of leaving them slightly unfinished. Now I’m not talking kitchens with no cooker or bathrooms with no toilet, just small touches.

This blog is the result and will be a location to document these projects, my progress and hopefully my proof of completion.