Friends, collies and garage guard dogs
It was very sad to see my van towed away a couple of days ago and I shed a tear or two. B & David have done sterling work over the winter so far, keeping it going. Our magic jump start kit added umph when it was too much like hard work for the battery – in sub Zero temperatures – and we found a move a day keeps the mechanic away; saving the rust in the brakes drum linings from sticking and stoping the wheel from doing it business. It’s amazing what you learn when you set out on a Munro adventure, isn’t it?
I haven’t been going out in my van while it goes around the block to keep everything moving becuase I can’t have the heating on. That might drain the battery of energy but it’s v. v. v cold in my van in December. I stay in and curl up in front of the fire instead.
Anyway, David was giving it one of these nuture trips when it got all hot and bothered. It was very thirsty, like me and B are when we get hot, and drank all it’s coolant. I think it was also angry – a bit like B when she gets overheated – because it did a lot of hissing. The upshot was that we needed extra help this time and the RAC man came out, had one look, and said we needed to go to the van hospital.
I went down to visit it today and the upshot is…. phew, it just has a small inexpensive leak in the coolling system. My head gasket hasn’t blow, which sounds like an awfully good job and the water pump is OK too, unlike the old girls!! So, my favourite van man is going to set to work next week and my lovely red, paw-print van will be back on the forecout in now time at all, ready and waiting for our 2017 Munro adventure.
Love Ben xx