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You just can't tell when they've perished.

My little car had a very lucky escape...
 

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fingy said:
that was close mate :(
Damn right. Even the fire bridage couldn't believe how lucky I was. They said that 9 times out of 10 beetle engine fires leave the car a burnt out shell.
 

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M-A-D said:
Damn right. Even the fire bridage couldn't believe how lucky I was. They said that 9 times out of 10 beetle engine fires leave the car a burnt out shell.
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Damn MAD, that was lucky dude, glad it wasn't worse.
I wouldn't blame braided hoses though, that fuel filter (very often the cause of these fires when they block) cunningly situated right above all the sparky bits (coil and distributor for the technical ones) might be a more likely culprit ;)

Hope you get it sorted alright, I have some bits lying around from my old engine up at Julians if you need some bits to get her running again - just let me know.

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orb666 said:
Hope you get it sorted alright, I have some bits lying around from my old engine up at Julians if you need some bits to get her running again - just let me know.

Orb
Cheers for the offer, chap. :)

I may see what the insurance say, to be honest. The excess on the fire section of my policy is only £100 and at least that way I can get the fan house repainted green, it rewired back there and all the rest.
 

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all those nylon trousers chiffon scarfs and viscose shirts you prance about in too youd have gone up in seconds mate ;)
 

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:eek: Thankgod it wasn't worse :hug:

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all those nylon trousers chiffon scarfs and viscose shirts you prance about in too youd have gone up in seconds mate ;)
:lol: Sorry but that did raise a snigger :lol:
 

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I checked all my braided fuel hoses over when I tuned up my bug a few weeks ago. Gave one a squeeze and got petrol on my hands - it was right next to the dizzy too! If I hadn't checked it I wouldn't have known :(

Made me think really, especially when you see what could happen.
 

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fingy said:
all those nylon trousers chiffon scarfs and viscose shirts you prance about in too youd have gone up in seconds mate ;)
And don't forget the hairspray!
 

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my fuel filter is in the exact same place... it hadn't even been clipped on, it was just pushed as far as it could go. I only noticed after i'd reversed it up my drive to charge the battery... the smell of petrol was REALLY strong, checked all the fuel lines, and one of the ends that was coming out of the fuel filter was absolutely saturated in petrol. It was running down the outside of the filter and into the bay.
 

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The thing is that I always do a visual on the filter and pipes before I drive anywhere.

Filter definitely looked fine. There wasn't even much gunk in it.

Anyway, let's hope Lancaster Insurance are good, eh?
 

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Not nice to hear about that MAD, bummer, but at least it was not worse....
 

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orb666 said:
Damn MAD, that was lucky dude, glad it wasn't worse.
I wouldn't blame braided hoses though, that fuel filter (very often the cause of these fires when they block) cunningly situated right above all the sparky bits (coil and distributor for the technical ones) might be a more likely culprit ;)
WHS^^

Still, shame for it to happen. :(
 
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