Farmers often have to turn their hand to many trades; however I am not sure this plumbing was such a smart move.
I went to the filling station to fill up with diesel, whilst I was tipping barrels of the earths natural resources in to our Landrover, (the best part of £100 to fill the tank; my father would spin in his grave, (had we not cremated him,) at such an exorbitant cost.) When a very battered 4×4 ‘utility’ vehicle pulled up at the next pump. It was driven by a quintessential local farmer type; he didn’t have the bit of orange polypropylene bailer twine tied round his waist but he was a fine specimen of the species, his battered old vehicle had the mandatory farm dogs ricocheting around in the cab.
To fill up his vehicles fuel tank, he opened the front nearside door, ( inside a Jack Russell terrier was still bouncing up and down like a ping pong ball and a Border Collie was wagging its tail to and fro, in a more effective manner than the windscreen wipers of the shed of vehicle could ever manage.) The farmer then put the fuel hose from the pump in to the a large plastic drum that was wedged in the front foot well.
From the top of the drum were two hose that were threaded out of the passenger window and under the bonnet, I assume his fuel tank had ‘gone’ and this improvised plumbing was his attempt at a running repair; (I have to say my father would probably have been rather impressed with this example of a ‘make do and mend’ attitude.)
It did however leave me wondering just what the vehicle brakes might be like; maybe the sole off an old Wellington boot as an improvised brake pad? I wonder if the owner would have been able to lay his hands on the MOT certificate? should anyone ask to see it.