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Eventually I got it stopped, half way in to the roundabout at the bottom and I realised the vacuum servo had packed up. Trying a ‘Power On Reset’, which often fixes the numerous odd glitches on SII Discos, had no effect. We were without brake servo and if you think you can apply enough pressure yourself to four wheel disk brakes larger than Mini wheels, then forget it.


We limped, very slowly, to where we were to pick up the Series I, but the chances of doing so were now vanishing rapidly. The owner turned out to be a very interesting and helpful bloke, who came out and peered into the mysterious, dark recesses of a Td5 under bonnet. The first thing we noticed was the


smell of burning! Under the plastic engine cover, there was a scene of carnage. Soot everywhere, the sound proofing had partially melted as


had much of the wrapping around the injector loom. Worse, we could hardly see down below the intake manifold, but we were pretty certain we could see what had happened to the vacuum pipe. The RAC were called.


All went well, until they asked how long the trailer was.


I didn’t know and


actually measured it; twenty-one foot, five inches. Oh they said, we can’t handle any trailers longer than eighteen feet – you’ll have to arrange for that yourself! The patrolman was on his way though, although it seemed to me he stood no chance.


Oh ye of little faith! He turned out to be just like my patrolmen when I was an RAC radio controller for the Southern Home Counties in the mid seventies; unwilling to let a little thing beat him.


It turned out the EGR pipe had fractured just before the intake manifold and sprayed raw exhaust all over the place.


It took him


an hour, but he improvised an EGR blanking plate and a vacuum pipe and suddenly we had brakes again.


I thanked him


profusely and felt better by adding a little folding something – my faith in RAC Patrolmen fully restored.


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