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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:58 am 
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Well, this evening, myself and Mike (Mike_Wall)deicided to meet in Tamworth to have a chat, and mainly so I could see how a 2.0ltr Zetec in an Si performs.

All was going well. I arrived in Tamworth only to receive a text from Mike explaining he was going to be late, thanks to the Queensway in Birmingham being closed. No problem, I took a trip to Asda to get a drink, buy some ciggies and to visit the little boys room.

Went over to McDonalds which was our meeting point. Mike promptly arrived and we got chatting. The usual thing of lifting up the bonnet to show the setup was done, and I proceeded to point out where the coolant leak I've been experiencing was emminating from.

This is the where the troubles began. Shown on the picture below you will see a number 9:

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Well, the pipe to the left, leads into a larger pipe which is one of the rad hoses. This is where the leak was coming from. It was only a little leak, but alas, I was slowly losing my coolant. Mike and I had a look, and I pushed it to show him that the coolant leaked from it when it moved.

However, whilst we were pushing the pipe, it the proceeded to EXPLODE (well not literally, but....) and ALL my coolant went everywhere, over my hands (the car was still hot :oooh: ), all in the engine bay, the lot. :rolleyes:

We managed to fix it temporarily, but its still leaking as there is an inner pipe, and this was the culprit of my coolant leak - it had disintergrated on one side, very brittle, and I broke most of it off :) But there was just enough of this inner pipe left to put back in either side of the 2 pipes.

Whilst this was being fixed, a white Escort pulled up next to us, to tell us there was a massive meet in Drayton Manor. So, before we set off for that, I purchased 8 litres of water from Asda, and off we went. Once we arrived, ALL the cars were leaving :| So we joined the back of the convoy to see where they were going. Loads of cars were there - including Escort Cosworths.

Our troubles didnt end here though. We lost the convoy, and was following a Clio, who seemed lost. SO we detatched ourselves from him, and headed back to McDonalds.

After a ride in Mikes VERY quick Si (cheers mate :D ), we headed home, and stopped no less than 3 times on the way back because of my car dumping the coolant - well, it's now just water - in the road. I went through 8 litres of water - and the water that was already in the tank. :rolleyes:

Well, that's the events of mine and Mikes adventure in Tamworth, I hope you had a good night, and a final thought: ENJOY OWNING A FORD :)

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What a class story :lol: :D

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its always something in the world of ford :lol: :D :D






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One other event from the night, whilst on the way back to my car from the outing in Mike's Si, he floored it round the large roundabout near McDonalds, must have hit a patch of diesel or something, and lost the back end of the car :lol:

It was quite funny afterwards, but at the time, the front was heading INTO the roundabout, the lovely alloys were getting closer to the kerb, and the rear end was shifting towards the direction of travel :lol:

S'all good though, Mike regained control, and calmly drove back into the car park (although I think he secretly wanted a ciggie to calm his nerves) :D

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sounds like you had an entertaining night there des, good luck with the coolant hose, is it the one with the T-piece built into it? i'll check mine tomorow.
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Yes, it's the one that's a t-piece, so give it a check.

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Excellent, cheers mate, and can you tell me how mucha new one is when you get on tomorrow
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:o :o you carried on driving.....

dude, never a good idea :o lucky ya got home before you lost all of the water in the car :insanity: else you 2 would be putting a new 2L in it :lol:


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:o :o you carried on driving.....

dude, never a good idea :o lucky ya got home before you lost all of the water in the car :insanity: else you 2 would be putting a new 2L in it :lol:


We kept stopping to fill it back up before all the water was lost each time. I've just got up, so gonna have to go and get it sorted now :(

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good stuff

sounds like you lot had fun, and go get a new lower rad hose from ford, job done :D

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What a class night! :lol:

I feel really mean because Des' car wouldn't have gone wrong if I hadn't given him a screwdriver telling him to tighten the jubilee clip, then it decided to explode and I just laughed, can't believe how evil I was! :o :lol: :cry:

He didn't have to worry bout loosing water on the way back, I was behind and as soon as I needed to use my windscreen wipers and there was a puddle on the floor I knew it was time to flash him and go under the bonnet :wink: :lol:

As for me nearly loosing it, I've never ever got the back end out before, and I've been round corners much faster, it usually just goes at the front, but it was really wierd to have the end go.... thank god for all the years of practice on Grand Theft Auto and Gran Turismo! :lol: I think it must have been crap on the roundabout :rolleyes:

Was a typical cruise from my point a view, you always follow someone and never get to the destination, if only people would tell you where they are going! :rolleyes:

But it was all fun on the way home, raced a R5, was close 0-60, but he was crap at startin, went out with my Gtech and we got a low 5 secs! :o

He can get things cheap too :wink: so maybe he'll be a useful acquisition (sp).....

Talking about Gtech's, Des is a lard, could only get a 0-60 of 8.3secs with him and my tonne of tools in the back yesterday! :lol:

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Talking about Gtech's, Des is a lard, could only get a 0-60 of 8.3secs with him and my tonne of tools in the back yesterday! :lol:


8.22 mate :wink:

And I'm glad you did mention the tonne of tools in the back :P That did of course have nothing to do with the speed loss :lol:

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i say we cut is legs off at the knees, fetch him down to our level. thats where any excess weight is
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I love the sig Des, quality! LMFAO :lol:

There was me thinking you were going a bit OTT with all the water, then you go and use it all! :shock:

I'm guessing you might need a bit of coolant now too! :lol:

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i thought there was something missing off the shopping list,
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lol des ott never :lol: :lol:

hes gone and ordered the part now so should be fixed tomorrow :D

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:o great story mate!

thirsty car. doctors say you should drink like 3 litres a day so ur cars healthy :)

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Far from healthy, stupid thing :(

Hopefully it will be in the morrow however :)

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sounds like an entertaining night! Hope you sort yer leak out alright :)
You'l have to let me know when your next over Tamworth as im over there a fair bit with JayRedxr2i (from ft.com), i think i may of even seen you in maccies car park before :?

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You may have done, I was over there a couple of weeks ago with a white Corsa and a dark blue Clio 16v. I sometimes go over there for something to do, enjoy the drive.

If I get the car fixed today, I might drive up tonight or over the weekend sometime.

There was an Si there Wednesday night, had lexus lights on the back, tinted windows, and TSW Razors I think - know him? Or was that you? :lol:

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