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I once owned an MG Magnette - no keys where necessary both the drivers door and ignition locks where modified you could operate them with a small coin - a sixpenny bit if I remember. Now I'm givng my age away. It was so rusty I think thieves took pity and let it alone.
When first working as a motor mechanic a woman came in one day with the entire exhaust missing from a Morris Minor - it was only a few months old. Whilst travelling down a long hill of a few miles she though it would be a good idea to put the car in neutral and switch off the engine - hoping to save fuel. All went well then she put the car back into gear and then switched the ignition suddenly all the unburnt fuel inside the exhaust ignites with an almighty boom!!
She ranted and raved that Morris didn't make a very good car and wanted it fixed under warranty. She refused to pay for repairs and the car lay for 3 months until she seen the error of her ways. Any time she visited the garage where I worked she always thought we were a shy lot as we disappeared when she arrived - actually we were hiding our laughter.
From that moment on I definitely knew it wasn't a good ides to switch an engine off whilst driving
Currently in madnoel10's garage:
Honda Civic 1.4l