Hi, my dad passed away recently. He was a retired engineering lecturer. He retired at age 51 which shows the benefits of a local authority pension a few years back. He moved to Devon 27 years ago from the Midlands and he returned just to prior to Covid, which was rubbish timing. I am trying to process my dad’s death and one of the ways is to sort out the car situation.
I am going to take on my dad's car. It’s a CLK C220 CDI 2008 in black with avantgarde trim. It’s done 75k miles and I think it's in good condition as my dad only did a few hundred miles during covid and he used to get it serviced. I will find out in the next few days. I am excited but it is not like receiving a car normally. However, to be honest my dad did not drive it that much as he only bought it two years ago. Still, it has some emotional value.
My step-brother was due to buy the car at some point but he has suggested I have it as I always used to work on cars with my dad. My presence on this site is most likely due to him! I am giving £2000 for it as this is only fair as I have a sister and two step siblings. This was the price my dad agreed on with my step-brother. I have a Jaguar S type diesel which I have invested money and time in and which I really like. So, my wife has agreed to use the CLK and I will also be able to drive it that way, in addition to my two other cars, a 2006 Cmax and a 1997 Micra.
I used to help* my dad fix cars on the drive. He had a couple of scimitars, a mk 10 Jag, a few triumphs, a 2500PI tourer and a 2000 saloon (YYT 654H – don’t ask me why I remember that!)., a maxi that broke down, a gold 2.0 capri, a 2.8 litre Volvo 760 that had some type of engine problem, also a Triumph Renown that he fixed mechanically but then didn't get round to doing the bodywork. He drove it to our new house, half a mile away, with a seat attached. He passed a police car on the way and the policeman just laughed as he drove by. My dad also used to fix cars with a friend in his garage in the late 70's and early 80's. I do not think they had any health and safety risk assessments competed. His mate was also a lecturer and they did think of giving up lecturing and working as mechanics full-time at one stage, but decided against it (remember the pension!)
My dad helped me fix my brown mini clubman, which had an 1100cc engine and was a bit of a death trap. I crashed it into a friend driving his dad’s green Audi 80. We sorted it out between us. My dad helped me filler the rear corner and we then hand painted it blue. It was replaced by my grandad’s car, a 1.3 Vauxhall Cavalier mk 1. I thrashed it and it needed some new piston rings, which we changed together. It was still broken though so that didn’t last long.
My son, age 14, is interested in cars so I will try and continue the car relationship with him. We do work quite well together although we often disagree as he knows best, just as I did with my dad!
I have many memories but I am more interested in yours. Anyone care to share their memories of working with their dads, or other relatives, on cars? Did they start you on your journey to becoming a shiter…?