I found this mystery part lodged between the brake master cylinder and
servo on a newish Focus.
I was thinking it's just a trim clip, but the hole seems important...
It looks to be made of something nylon-ish or similar and while I'm
fairly confident it's nothing to do with the brakes I'm still curious
what it's for and where it's supposed to go.
I only recently found out that there is a "special" tool costing about two
quid for taking those clips out.
All those years of brute force, ignorance, broken trim clips and wondering
what to do about it.
An intermittent loud rattle in my parents' Mk2 Ford Escort turned out to
be a china plate bearing the blue Ford logo, plus a metal knife and a
fork - under the rear seat. I can only guess that one sunny say, someone
using the Ford works canteen decided to take their lunch outside - and
presumably ate it the car park, sitting in one of the finished cars.
My dad bought a "lemon" Ford in 1970. A V4 Corsair that would work fine for
a time then would run unevenly after hitting a pothole or bump. Garage had
a look at it several times but never sorted it. He decided to strip the
carburettor and found a metal disc in the float chamber with "HA HA
BOLLOCKS TO FORD" stamped on it .
I worked at a factory that made the stuffing for Jaguar car seats from
flameproof cotton. The cotton came from Hong Kong and we were used to
finding newspapers in the bales. One day I fouls an entire (very smelly)
lunch including plate and chopsticks.
 Every time I tell this tale some lefty pops up to claim it never
happened because Ford workers would never sabotage their own work.
I'm sure many workers did disrupt production and sabotage work - plenty
of anecdotes like yours about.
Given the many hundreds of thousands who worked in the British car
industry at that time, the incompetent management, poor investment,
discrimination (especially sexism and anti-union), wild cat strikes and
a hostile government were bound to produce a few idiots.
The sadness of that time is how the whole mess masked some highly
progressive activity - that DeLorean got into production so quickly, the
progressive ideas and actions of some of the 'firebrand' union leaders,
the one-time commitment to a properly supported 'whole' industry . . .
Does the car use these sort of clips for holding a plastic cover over
I once found a brand new courtesy light switch under the carpet in the
passenger foot well of a Triumph Toledo. I was looking at how to remove
the switch at the time as it had failed. So the spare was most welcome!
I also found a kit of parts for a windscreen in a brand new Capri under
the back seat!! I can only assume that it was broken prior to delivery
and who ever replaced it was to idle to sweep all the broken glass away.
The owner was NOT amused.
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