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Old December 19th, 2009, 01:02 AM
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Snow just started . . .

I just finished putting new brake pads on my truck and took it for a quick ride to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

That quick ride turned into me towing a line of cars up a hill. Some person abandoned their Mercedes on a hill and folks slowed down to avoid it and just started spinning their wheels.

I think it's pretty cool to be able to help folks but some of these cars were a PITA to hook up to. One lady was stuck with her little girl in a Mazda and I had to tie onto the only bare piece of metal I could find behind her wheel. I'm hoping her alignment's fine as she got a few good jolts.

Don't most cars have at least a tie-down point for hauling?
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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:22 AM
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Lots now just have holes in the unibody that you need a transit cluster or tow-truck hook to tie into. I think a lot of tie-down hooks get removed from cars these days as dealer prep?
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Old December 19th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Yeah I thought a lot of cars still at least had a tow hook.

It started snowing here before 9pm last night. I volunteered to take a nurse into Fairfax hospital this morning. Great fun! Had to hand push one guy in a no clearance car who got stuck in the snow on a corner.

Will be picking her up this afternoon. It's beautiful out there.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 09:53 AM
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I'd be damn careful about pulling anyone anywhere except on the trail. You are not a licensed tow truck operator and if you damage someones car, which is VERY easy to do, or God forbid hurt someone, you are well and truly screwed. People will turn from thankful to litigious in a blink if things go tits up. Hate to say it but I drive right by people who don't know how to slow down and drive in the snow. I slow up and make sure no one is hurt or elderly, but otherwise thats what cell phones are for.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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In the UK if you stop to help you nust give them the rope and have them attach it to you LR and to their car, that way you are not liable if there's a problem. This is what a Policeman told me.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 12:30 PM
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i had a guy a couple years ago ask for air for his boat trailer tire. my tech asked me and i told him not to touch it but he was more than welcome to fill it himself. a few minutes later he blew the tire up in his face. he was fine but needed a spare. if my guy would have done that fill-up we would have had to buy the guy a new tire. although i do help tug people out of the ditch. i tell them up front that i am not responsible if anything breaks.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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What a great society we live in... Helping someone can get you sued!
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Old December 19th, 2009, 01:07 PM
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Well all that started in the US and now it's happening over here.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 01:50 PM
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It's only fair... Everyone should enjoy a litigious society to go along will no personal responsibility. It's not my fault!
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Old December 19th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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Julian, how are Doug and Dave fairing? I haven't got any updates so not sure if no cell connectivity or they are sloshed
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Old December 19th, 2009, 03:06 PM
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well they arrived yesterday and after a 2 hour train journey i collected them, then we made our way through the snow to Birmingham and at 2pm I left to drive back south and Dave and Doug continued north in the 110 d/cab that he brought on ebay with my trailer to collect the 130 and another 110. They arrived at my friends Hse in Yorkshire at about 8pm that evening and went out to a strip joint and got pissed till 4am, I called at 12 noon today an doug was up but dave was asleep. I hope to see them tonite, its -15 here and due to snow again soon, i am hopeing they'll turn up by midnite.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 03:50 PM
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Now back to the snow,
Im tempted to go and play but want to stay out of the plows way. It's still coming down.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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Not too worried about getting sued for helping folks. I'd rather fill up the karma meter then drive by someone in need because of a handful of circumstances.

Thankfully, I'm not alone at least in my community. I was parked in the snow watching my kids sled down a hill and nearly every car that drove by checked to see if I needed help. It was a good feeling to know that a majority of folks are exceptionally considerate.

I do agree that if a person is capable you should let them hook up their own vehicle. Funny story though, last night when I was helping out a lady there was a group of teens that ran up to help. Two boys and a girl. I asked the guys to help me hook up and they just stared at each other as the girl flew to the ground and crawled under the car. She hooked it up, ran behind as I pulled and then unhooked it. While she did that, the boys ran home.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:31 PM
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Julian, how are Doug and Dave fairing? I haven't got any updates so not sure if no cell connectivity or they are sloshed
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More like a 3.5 hour train ride. Julian, Doug woke up at 430am EST Thursday and I woke at 6am. We didn't hit the hay until 11pm Friday EST. Whcih means Doug was up for 42.5 hours and I was up for 41 hours. During that time we each had at least 9 or 10 pints and multiple shots of hard liquor. We also spent another 10 hours in cars after getting off a plane. So if you want to take issue with my sleeping until 12pm, we can head out for a night on the town together and settle this once and for all. Based on what I've seen you don't have the physical constitution to pull off what we did. BTW Doug is about fifty pounds heaveir than I so ought to be able to hold a bit more.

Seriously having a great time here and thanks to Julian and Daniel, our hosts. Can't wait to see more great trucks. Both of the rigs that we have collected so far are quite good. And that is an understatement.


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well they arrived yesterday and after a 2 hour train journey i collected them, then we made our way through the snow to Birmingham and at 2pm I left to drive back south and Dave and Doug continued north in the 110 d/cab that he brought on ebay with my trailer to collect the 130 and another 110. They arrived at my friends Hse in Yorkshire at about 8pm that evening and went out to a strip joint and got pissed till 4am, I called at 12 noon today an doug was up but dave was asleep. I hope to see them tonite, its -15 here and due to snow again soon, i am hopeing they'll turn up by midnite.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:39 PM
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Old December 19th, 2009, 08:49 PM
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Did you buy me that 90 with the galvy chassis and disco 200tdi?
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:26 PM
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Old December 19th, 2009, 10:33 PM
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Bastard. (said in the nicest way possible )

Seriously, bring me back something with a galvanized chassis. At this point, I don't really care what it is. I have been working 16 hour days and when I do that I buy another car.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 04:19 PM
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Back down to just outside London @ Julians place. Blowing thru huge sums of money. The 127 costs 96 ($155) to fill. The 110 80 ($128). We have driven huge distances, from London to just below the Scottish border and back to London. Pulling a three axle Ifor Williams galvanized car trailer with a V8 110 station wagon on it with the 110 double cab. Driving that rig in 3-4 inches of packed snow on single lane country tracks with 5 foot stone walls 12 inches off the trailer gets interesting. Even out on the M1 we only averaged 50-55. The english countryside with several inches of snow is gorgeous.When in Yorkshire we stayed with the Leach family and had a hard time leaving this morning. Lovely family and phenominal hosts. Daniel ran us a mile down the street to Simmonites where Mark the owner showed us the entire operation, walking us through the racks of parts (incredible), and showed us the tube frame race truck, the shop where they were finishing to complete restorqations, the parts showroom etc. Mark spent over an hour showing us around and talking rover. I bought a ton of stuff, after all I had a hcpu outside to haul it away with (kid in candy store syndrome). Tonight we made it to Julians well after dark but managed to install the hoop set and new style canvas (zippers and velcro type, sourced from Stuart @ Foleys Special Vehicles) on the bed of the 127. We moved all the parts out of the bed and loaded the full 110 external/internal cage Rugbier had had delivered to Juians.Tomorrow we head down South and will stop @ Keith Gott Land Rover to check on a project I'm involved in there and to pick up a new lhd Elite a/c kit I had ordered, then we drop the trucks @ the docks-@ least the fuel money hemorrage will clot then. Dave has been shooting video and taking a ton of pictures. I'm sure he'll post them soon. Having a blast, don't want to leave Plans are afoot already for a return. Now back to the Camel Trophy video's.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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Glad to hear you guys are having a good time, but we need pictures and more regular updates!

Missing a heck of a storm here. Here is a cell phone pic of your vehicles on Saturday morning. Can barely see the volvo today but took the picture on the regular camera and haven't dumped the pics yet.

Oh and taking the kids skiing behind the D90 has become a tradition here.
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