Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Flood


What year was this? Maybe 1998. Our street in Balaclava flooded. Across Chapel Street in the distant part of the photo is St Kilda Primary School. The view of the school past the playgrounds is now blocked by one of Kev 07's school hall type buildings. Our house, although set low, did not flood and R's car only had wet wheels and he was ready to move it if necessary. I was at work. I drove home so cautiously with water, water everywhere, but eventually the Humber failed to proceed because of a wet ignition system about a kilometre from home. I walked home with brolly held aloft and returned later with a can of dewatering fluid for the distributor and fetched the car home.

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  1. Older cars did not seem to like water very much. I used to drive an Austin 1800 (Land Crab), it went on strike at the first sign of water. This was until I took a rubber glove and cut small holes in the finger tips for the spark plug leads, and the thumb for the lead to the coil. The glove was then stretched over the distributer. No more problems from then on.

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    1. Pip, Austin 1800, distributor right out in front, like a Mini. Very susceptible to water spray. You did a good job with the glove.

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  2. You have/had a Humber?
    I'm green with envy.

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    1. Series IV Super Snipe, storm grey with bone interior. I loved it and its quirky ways.

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  3. Michael5:00 pm

    The water level is rising fast. Just as well you are in a high rise!

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    1. Michael, you may well go under before I do!

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  4. You were clever in getting the car going again. I would ha ve called the car club.

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    1. Diane, it was an old and simple car from about the same time as your parents Zephre. Now, I would call the car club.

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  5. tsk tsk never drive through floods!! ;)

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    1. I didn't Fen. It was just road spray and puddles wot did it in. It is rather funny how rain could stop all English cars in their tracks.

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  6. Another reason to be glad I don't own a car.

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    1. River, you should write another post about your bus travels to and from work. It must be interesting at times.

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  7. We Victorians had 5.5 years of excruciating drought :(
    Then, from time to time, we have had really dangerous floods :(
    Between bush fire seasons :(

    If only we had moderate temperatures and moderate rainfalls.

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    1. But Hels, it wouldn't be Victoria then.
      Interesting to note, wettest, or was it coldest English summer for one hundred years. Very wet in France too with not much of a summer.

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  8. Ditto what FC said Andrew, a Humber, hoe stylish..you should have looked after it and still be driving it today, you would have looked so cool cruisin' haha!,

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  9. Grace, I maintained it but after me having it for ten years, it needed restoration.

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