So, fed up waiting for insurance to finalise an offer, so figured I might get the FD ready for the MOT Sprint at Blyton next Saturday. That was a daft idea !! Doh.
FD hasn't run since the accident, just pushed it in and out the garage.
Fixed a coolant drip (clip was crap) and thought I'd run the engine up to temp. All was well, ran for 10 minutes, just getting warmed through and was holding a tick over, so I thought I'd hop out the driver's seat and check if the coolant leak was cured now the system had pressure.
Oh I though, that's a lot of coolant on the drive, oh that's a bloo.y lot of coolant, but it smells like...... yup, PETROL.
Main petrol pipe had burst and I hadn't noticed. about 2 gallons of Shells finest spread under the FD and running down the drive to the garage.
Thankfully I had a bag of sand and after a few swift minutes of chucking it all over the drive, the worst of what could happen was averted.
Traced the problem to the rubber hose that comes from the filter, completely cracked all over.
New bit of pipe fitted today and Engine run up to temp ok and the petrol, well its an FD so most of it went out the exhaust