High and Dry...

January 7th, storm Frank hit pretty hard in the part of Scotland where I live. For the first couple of days, we convinced ourselves the flood water wouldn't reach our house. By the time we realised we were wrong, it was too late - driving the car out of the garage would have meant going through even deeper water.

Raising the suspension (or putting the car up on tip-toes, if you like) seemed a bit pathetic, but it actually might have saved its life...

High tide

High tide

The high-water mark on the standard 16" wheels with 205/55 profile tyres tells its own story. Likewise the tide-mark on the sill - at the front of the door, it looks like another inch in depth and the water would have been in the car. Not sure if that automatically makes it a write-off, but it would have been a lot more unpleasant.

Astonishingly, a good clean underneath and a quick check-over showed nothing too much to worry about - best medicine was just plenty of dry use. A bit of a chore, but I managed somehow.

Standard day in the car park at work

3rd December - back home, 11 months on and no ill-effects

Unfortunately the house, unlike the car, does not have a button to raise it out of harm's way, and it is surprising how much damage a few inches of water can do to a timber-framed new build. Insurance companies being what they are, maybe we should have expected it to take 11 months to complete.

So yesterday, 3rd December, I finally got to bring the car back home. I've asked Santa for axle stands...

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  • Not heard of the RZ being fond of rolling up its trousers and going for paddle but at least it looks like no long term effects. Rainwater probably less harmful than the rain and grit stuff you get on British roads

    2 years ago


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