Watty’s World

Our ed’s monthly or­bit around the sun

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I love the un­pre­dictable na­ture of older ve­hi­cles. I still say that a well-main­tained ve­hi­cle shouldn’t break down, but it doesn’t mean that things can’t fail – as I found re­cently while driv­ing my 88in.

Driv­ing along a dual car­riage­way I no­ticed the speedo nee­dle wav­ing more er­rat­i­cally than nor­mal be­fore it bounced a cou­ple of times then re­turned to zero. In days past I wouldn’t have minded be­cause I run it on a lim­it­ed­mileage pol­icy, so keep­ing the miles off is a bonus – but these days I use it to keep a check on main­te­nance. Plus, I want the miles to in­crease to show I’m ac­tu­ally us­ing it – I see peo­ple claim­ing that they ‘use it every day’, yet their MOT records say the ve­hi­cle cov­ers sub-1000 miles a year, about what my lit­tle-used Land Rovers do.

Now I need to re­place the ca­ble – a hor­ri­ble job on an over­drive-equipped Se­ries. Wish me luck!

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