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The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Born Too Late » 07 Nov 2019, 09:19

Whenever we go away I get a bit paranoid about scumbags breaking into our house and using our spare keys to nick our cars and everything out of the garage etc. So I usually gather up all the keys and hide them somewhere very clever, unfortunately I often hide them somewhere so clever it takes a while to remember where they are. I could avoid this by letting Mrs Born Too Late in on the game but I often forget to do that too.

Weekend before last we went away for a couple of days to a static caravan for a change and on return spent the usual couple of days idly wandering where I'd hidden said keys. After a while it came back to me, I'd wrapped them in a (clean) nappy, stuffed into a nappy bag and left in the washing basket (genious). The basket was empty, someone (lets face it, probably me) had chucked them in the bin :oops:

Luckily we'd missed bin day and I found them in one of the black bags, 2 full sets of keys for the van and all its security locks, 2 full sets for the Spitfire, 2 sets of garage/shed keys and the spare front and back door keys.

Have I learnt anything from this? Probably nothing that'll sink in :roll:
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby scottbott » 07 Nov 2019, 10:45

sounds like you were lucky there, do not know how old you are but I find I have more 'senior moments' the older I get and tidy things up and cannot remember where I put stuff, right paining the a***
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby hubcap61 » 07 Nov 2019, 12:21

Known as a 'CRAFT' moment in our house... Can't Remember A F@**ing Thing.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby R0B » 07 Nov 2019, 17:40

It took me about 5 years to find my shed keys :lol:
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby itchyfeet » 07 Nov 2019, 17:55

My trick every time I go away is to take a photo on my mobile phone of all the places I have hidden stuff, I take the phone with me of course as you do.

You think you will remember but you don't, when I get home I just look at the photos.

Never lost my phone yet but if you are inclined to loose stuff then email the photos to yourself.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Arripay » 07 Nov 2019, 19:28

What Spitfire do you have?
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby syncropatrick » 08 Nov 2019, 10:03

Tried to start a long standing engine, with no oil in the sump and no fuel in the tank.
Thankfully, and obviously, it didnt fire!

Subsequently I vaguely remember putting fuel in tank a year ago, then draining it out for use in lanwmower after that firing attempt failed.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Michael4 » 08 Nov 2019, 10:29

Talking about Spitfires this is the Youtube thingy our son did of rebuilding his engine in our garage a few years back. Turn the sound up. The garage still bears the scars...the car still works but I don't know if my back will ever get over lifting that lump onto the table.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVDrGsaDME
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby silverbullet » 08 Nov 2019, 11:08

Funnily enough, I reckon that lifting a short 1300 lump (no head or manifolds) out a Toledo engine bay on my own is the root of all my back trouble the last 25+ years :(
Not funny at all really...and really stupid in hindsight.

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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby moggymorgan » 08 Nov 2019, 11:44

My brother had a file on his pc " where is it " he put all the safe places on it so as to be a reminder. Then promptly deleted it in a senior moment.
I myself have the odd moment of clarity the rest goes by in was blur.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Arripay » 08 Nov 2019, 12:02

Talking about Spitfires this is the Youtube thingy our son did of rebuilding his engine in our garage a few years back. Turn the sound up. The garage still bears the scars...the car still works but I don't know if my back will ever get over lifting that lump onto the table.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVDrGsaDME


Fantastic vid!

Is it a MK1 or MK2?

Sorry, hijacking thread.....
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Michael4 » 08 Nov 2019, 14:33

Arripay wrote:

Is it a MK1 or MK2?

Sorry, hijacking thread.....


Hi jacking again...It is a 4 or IV ie the early one with the low bumper. He's had it now for about 15 years, drives down to Spain in the summer most years, well battered.

What's yours?

Siverbullet, I share your pain.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Arripay » 08 Nov 2019, 20:09

With those bumpers, it's either a Mk1 or Mk2 but they were known as a Spitfire 4 and Spitfire 4 Mk2.
Then there was the MK3 & 4 and 1500
I have a 1967 Mk2.
Drove mine to Spain once, was quite an ordeal, fair play to your son!
Got a great reception from the French and Spanish, "you drove THAT all the way from England!"
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby Born Too Late » 11 Nov 2019, 12:26

scottbott wrote:sounds like you were lucky there, do not know how old you are but I find I have more 'senior moments' the older I get and tidy things up and cannot remember where I put stuff, right paining the a***


I'm 41 now but I've been doing stupid stuff like this for years :oops:

Arripay wrote:What Spitfire do you have?


Mine's a 1500 with a GRP GT6 bonnet. It's currently hidden in the garage in disgrace; I was replacing the rear loom when I noticed the boot floor was a bit frilly. After poking around a bit the floor practically fell out, the rear valance is completely unattached from the rear light panel. I've owned it for 15 years and had the floors, sills and one rear wing replaced in 2012, along with some engine work but I'm getting to the point where I'm considering selling it rather than spend more on it. I never thought I'd let it go but with 2 kids and a campervan to support it doesn't have much use anymore.
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Re: The most stupid thing I've done...recently

Postby southernscouse » 12 Nov 2019, 19:38

I still have a spitfire 4 mk2 in the garage body is off the chassis this was to clean it properly more than 25 years ago it's still there it's one of those days things that still has not happened
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