We’ve had rain and low temperatures for weeks.
Yesterday was cool but dry. The temperature even made it into double figures—11ºC. The grass and hard standing dried off to some degree.
This morning, the sun broke through for a time and with the hard standing dry I decided to fit a new handbrake cable to our Land Rover Defender TD5.
I removed the prop shaft, the handbrake drum, the springs and brake shoes. I removed the old cable and cut away the rubber grommet when that remained in place.
A thin smear of dish detergent on the rubber grommet of the new cable helped it slide into place.
I crawled back under the truck to pass the other end of the cable through the back of the brake mounting.
I reached up and…
The rain returned.
A torrential downpour of it.
My tool boxes filled with water in seconds. My boilersuit was soaked. The boys bolted for the house. The Other Half jumped into the truck and shut the door.
I remained on my back and kept trying to pull the cable through.
Thirty to forty millimetres of water, run-off from the buildings and the hardstanding, swept under the truck. Lighter tools, nuts, bolts, springs and clips went everywhere.
Water shot down my neck. Up my armpits. Into my boots. And along my bum crack…
I smacked my head into the chassis.
With parts going everywhere, water lapping around my ears and the light gone, I gave it up as a bad joke, pulled myself out from the under the truck and stomped inside to get changed.
The boys are dry. The OH is still sitting in the truck. And rain is still coming down.
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