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For sale - unique mouse nest from S2 chassis turret

PostPost by: dunclentdr » Tue May 10, 2016 11:12 pm

Found this mouse nest, with nuts, in the chassis turret of S2, imported from the US.

Unique Lotus artefact, open to sensible offers.

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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Wed May 11, 2016 1:06 am

Ha, that's funny!

I have a 67 Pre Air Flow Coupe. The headlights would not manually go up. Why? Glad you asked. There was so much mouse poop on the right side under the headlight pod, that the pod would hit the poop and stop it from going up. On the left side it would hit the mouse nest. Which proves, not even mice sleep where they poop!

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PostPost by: Wayne » Wed May 11, 2016 9:10 pm

Working on a friends Jag K-150 we found this.
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PostPost by: tvacc » Wed May 11, 2016 9:32 pm

Back about 25 years ago, my good friend Will, some of you would know him passed away. We were restoring his Elan S2 when he passed. He lived in the country and his cars were in a barn. Before he passed, he asked me to finish the car for his wife after he died. Sort of the request you cannot say no to. Not that I would have.

Motor was in the car and it just needed to be started and the interior needed to put back in the car. We started up the car and it was running rough. Then it blew a head gasket. We pulled the head and tried it again and it blew another head gasket. We messed around with that car for a few weeks.

Finally we decided to pull the motor and start over. When we pulled the head the other two times we left the air box on the webers. This time we took it off and that was the issue. In the front two stacks there was a mouse nest. So packed in that we had to use a pliers to pull it out. Obviously the mouse nest was in the air cleaner and we pulled it right into the stacks.

That was the worse mouse story that ever happened to me.

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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu May 12, 2016 3:58 pm

Found this one in my Plus 2's heater. The previous owner says the heater worked just fine, but even if sufficient air could pass around the nest I can't imagine that it wouldn't have smelled a bit off.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu May 12, 2016 4:07 pm

And then there was the '49 Ford F1 truck that I was helping a friend restore back in '90-91. We swapped the front axle and some other important running-bits before towing the truck from the field in which it had been rusting. In the process of doing that we were surprised by a brown recluse spider or two that popped out of hiding when disturbed, and then one time I was sitting on the ground while removing a brake-drum, and when the drum finally surrendered and came loose, I found that it had been full of a fire-ant nest! Fire-ant, for those of you not in USA, ate a common type in the southeast which are known for being small and red, quite ferocious, and having a painful sting. Quite nasty buggers and I sprang to my feet in record time, and somehow avoided a lap full of them. That brake drum was the only time I've ever seen them nest above-ground.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Thu May 12, 2016 4:14 pm

It is important to have a garage/shop cat to keep the rodent population at bay.
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PostPost by: pereirac » Sat May 14, 2016 2:40 pm

Put it on Ebay ...you will get a good price there, well at least twice what it would cost from a dealer .. :D
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