Got the beetle back


Got the beetle back

It originally failed the MOT on:
☠ Track rod end ball join dust cover excessively deteriorated x 2
☠ Brake pipe excessively corroded x 2
☠ Shock absorber excessively worn bush x 2
☠ Headlamps ain too low
☠ No windscreen washer

plus LOADS of advisories including the rear lights and the tires being barely legal, but I suspected that. Also there is a handwritten note "excessive corrosion - front chassis / floor pan", and that's what has resulted in 800 quid of welding to keep the car safe and legal:

frame head bottom plate 1 33.00 33.00
track rod end rubbers 2 1.00 2.00
copper brake pipes 2 12.00 24.00
shock absorber fitting kit 2 12.00 24.00
MOT 2 40.00 80.00
Fuel lines 1 6.50 6.50
labour: Take for MOT carry out repairs for mot Carry out
extensive welding to front of vehicle. Repair front mounting panel
for front beam, replace lower half of frame head. Change
corroded fuel line from front to back

16 50.00 800.00

Petrol supplied 1 15.00 15.00


Apart from that, and the dreadful weather, nice day in Canterbury today, good lunch in Zizzi, I had the vegan style of a new special pizza with beetroot and avocado and chili on it, very nice.
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Did some shopping in Canterbury, but

didn't spot until today that one of the shopping bags has gone missing. We think number one son was carrying it and left it somewhere, one of the other shops. Luckily nothing too expensive in it as it was from Primark but still a bit annoying. Had two onesies[[ for the boys to wear to [[swimming, an impulse purchase really. Clare went into Folkestone today and replaced them. That's the money we saved on a pair of shoes all gone - we had number two son measured up for school shoes in Clark's and Clare left me to pay for the only pair they seemed to have in his size while she raced off somewhere else. I was too shocked to say "REALLY? 瞿48 for one pair of children's shoes that will last about six weeks?" but once we'd regrouped we decided, back they go, that's crazy money. Got a suitable pair for 1/3 that price elsewhere. He'll grow out of them before they wear out.

Probably if we'd not had to do that extra bit of shopping to change the shoes, we'd not have lost the Primark bag, so we maybe didn't gain anything.
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Paul Clarke's blog - I work and live in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. married to Clare and father to two, I am a software engineer, and I do mostly javascript, nodejs, python, ruby, and php. I like pubbing, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel.

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