The Anonymous Widower

Dangerous Innovation

I had to put a link to this article on the Romford Recorder, which is entitled Heritage: Sootigine, Dagfert and Baxtrol.

It is a tale of dangerous products mainly developed in East London.

It has to be read, as no precis of mine can do it justice.

I will add a story, that was told by the guy whose bottom fell out in this post.

The guy in the story had at one time been the Complaints Manger for Ford in Dagenham.

This was one of his tales.

Ford received a complaint via  the main dealer in East London.

  • The engine had failed in a car about six months old.
  • So he arranged a time to meet the owner at the garage.
  • When they arrived, he asked, the garage manager to start the car.
  • He said that he’d never heard such a noise. All big-ends and the small-ends were making a lot of noise and it was the worst engine he’d ever heard.
  • So he asked the manager to put the car on a lift and drop the sump to have a look.
  • When the sump was dropped, the manager showed him the sump, which looked like it was full with a waxy solid.

So they asked the owner, who was of Mediterranean origin, what oil he was using in his car.

They got the immortal reply!

“Good enough for my fried fish! Good enough for my car!”

December 25, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Indeed! But that said, a French relative does run his car – suitably adapted, of course (which is what makes the difference) – partly on recycled cooking oil. It certainly got him from Normandy to Surrey and back without any difficulty, though there was a faint aroma of ‘frying tonight’ wherever he went!

    Comment by Stephen Spark | December 25, 2020 | Reply

  2. I gather McDonalds recycle their used cooking oil to fuel their lorries. I don’t know anything about it, but I have read about it.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 26, 2020 | Reply


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