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    Spent today stripping my wreck, and I was amazed at how much wool insulation was in the dash area, until I came across a bloody rats nest above the air-con unit.The little buggers had also had a nibble at the loom, and I was most relieved they chose the wreck, not the good car.
    Rats nest, chicken coup.Whats next, aquarium???
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    I recon a cut fuego would make a good looking trailer. Maybe a bit of modification to lower the high boot floor, required... and maybe a hinged tailgate to make it easier to get things in and out.

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    Yeah those little B*stards...

    still remember when i went to get the tent out of the shed (back in the country!) & there's a small hole in 3 corners of it... they ate the tent!?!

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    Aww, they need a warm place to sleep too.
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    Reminds me of a story I heard years ago about a guy who had an almost new BX16V who lived in the bush.
    Had to take the car in for a service early in the piece and thought the car was running rough as he left his place. Hit town and a stop sign. Pulled up, into first, engine shook like all hell and stopped with a mechnical souning clunck.
    Rang the dealer who had the car collected and taken to his workshop and they found the cambelt was off and the usual array of bent valves.
    Further work revealed that a rodent had set up camp inside the cambelt cover and as he took off from the stop sign, "big mumma" decided to go for a constitutional and ended up in the belt, around a sprocket and off came the cambelt. Seems one or two of the young ones had been minced in the belt when he started and the big one was the one that finished it off.
    One expensive rat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid
    I recon a cut fuego would make a good looking trailer. Maybe a bit of modification to lower the high boot floor, required... and maybe a hinged tailgate to make it easier to get things in and out.

    David.
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    According to my family, not the way to go. I was toying with doing that with the good rear of that Fuego gold wreck and they all howled it down saying it would look Kitch/rotten/lousy/in poor taste....oh well back to the drawing board. or off to the crushers!!

    Jo Mice love those air conditioning exercise passageways Ariba! Ariba! I wonder if the Gonz would change his logo if they got into his air con!!

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    My step mother had a rats nest in her subaru leone not long back but these were huge cane rats in Nth qld....Very scary stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego
    David

    According to my family, not the way to go. I was toying with doing that with the good rear of that Fuego gold wreck and they all howled it down saying it would look Kitch/rotten/lousy/in poor taste....oh well back to the drawing board. or off to the crushers!!

    Jo Mice love those air conditioning exercise passageways Ariba! Ariba! I wonder if the Gonz would change his logo if they got into his air con!!

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    As someone who loads their fuego daily, I would say that it would make a crap trailer, as the load height is too high,and I dont reckon the rear end would carry much. For the look,It would only be worth considering if you were going to tow it with a fuego, but Ken, I think you family is correct.
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    At school we got a 84 or 85 626 as a project car opened the bonnet and there was a birdnest between the air cleaner and head
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    had a snake in the engine bay of the 12 once. quite grumpy it was, too. I think we picked it up off the road cos I thought I'd run over one half a k or so back. It wasn't in the mood to answer questions though, indeed neither were we in the mood to ask them; instead I pinged away at it with a shotgun as it made its escape. missed it of course but the shed wall never looked the same since. come to think of it perhaps that's where George W Bush got the idea for his foreign policy - shoot first, think later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego
    David

    According to my family, not the way to go. I was toying with doing that with the good rear of that Fuego gold wreck and they all howled it down saying it would look Kitch/rotten/lousy/in poor taste....oh well back to the drawing board. or off to the crushers!!
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    Ken, I'd disagree with your family, I recon it would look great!

    Dont listen to them!

    Floor hight would be a problem, yes Jo I agree, it is a pain to be loading / unloading daily, but I was thinking more as a camper / sleeper.

    Just regarding vermin, I had a fuego I picked up for parts that was FULL of huntsman spiders. Noticed them swarming out when the car was scrapped, to be put on the trailer. Big buggers too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid
    Ken, I'd disagree with your family, I recon it would look great!

    Dont listen to them!

    Floor hight would be a problem, yes Jo I agree, it is a pain to be loading / unloading daily, but I was thinking more as a camper / sleeper.

    Just regarding vermin, I had a fuego I picked up for parts that was FULL of huntsman spiders. Noticed them swarming out when the car was scrapped, to be put on the trailer. Big buggers too!

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    I allow one spider in my car at all times, hoping it will keep the others away.
    The last huntsman, which I'd had for ages, got shoved out by mum at 90 km/h, who was ever so proud of her achievement.Have not had a good regular one since.
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    Yea, Logically I know they are harmless, but they are hairy, have 8 legs and too many eyes!

    Redbacks are pretty evil, and scary looking too!! Evil female spiders. Living in the bush in WA we had HEAPS around the house etc.. scary. My mother almost died once when the family was out and she was home studying, got bitten on the knee by 'something' and thought nothing of it. Because of her severe athsma, a few hours later she was more than just feeling sick.

    A different Fuego, a few years back, driving up Burke road towards Camberwell in stop start traffic, I got the shock of my life when a BIG huntsman ran up my leg.

    I didnt realise I could scream like that, sorta like Ned Flanders, involentarily flicked it to the passenger side. My girlfriend of the time was not too happy about this, quickly jumping out of the now stopped car. It ran under the passenger seat, and I couldnt find the bugger after that.

    I had to pretend I saw it escape, or 'she' wouldnt have got back in the car.

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    My dearly departed huntsman was very well mannered, only ever making an apperance when he ran into the plip case from wherever he was hunting.Now that he's gone, I've got this annoying spider that only takes about an hour to form a web from my head-rest to the steering wheel and up to the sun visor. I do an Aussie salute now every time I get in the car,or else risk geting spiders web on my head, which makes me itch like crazy.
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    ahh yes...the ol huntsman in the fuego trick....I've fallen for that one several times!

    after Mum & Dad instilling a fear of spiders into me, ever sooo successfully, at a young age (after I showed a penchant for capturing them in my bug catcher). A huntsman on the exterior requires all windows up immediately & no doors to be opened until he is in the centre of the windscreen where I can keep the little creep in sight...but a huntsman interior emergency brake, all doors flung open....driver squeeling!!! (in middle of road!) Trap & release policy only....sought assistance of police members one incident....no luck..they were worse than me!!!! ("can we shoot it?")

    I do have a token spider though, who lives in my drivers side mirror (named lucky) I used to put the windows down when I parked the car at the stables to collect flies ...& then pushed them out the window in the direction of his web over the next 3 days!!!!(just when you think you've finally got rid of them all..guess what! ..you haven't )

    now as for the fuego trailer...well yes, there was a bit of eye rolling going on at the suggestion, & brother was quite vocal in his opinion (I think it included something about a white jacket with long criss-crossed sleeves) but I can vouch for the fuego's carrying capacity....it can cope quite adequetly with a bootfull of redgum & a fully loaded trailer on several occasions (although the rear suspension does become vocal after a while) & personally I like the loading height...as it means I don't have to bend down
    but a fuego towing a fuego trailer......hmmm...perhaps overkill is a word that springs to mind
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    So this is now the spider thread

    IN the days when you could legally drive flat chat down the Freeway, I had the Morris Minor wound up heading to Tullamarine.

    Stinking hot day so air conditioning on (windows wound right down) when things obviously got to hot under the bonnet and out came one large hairy huntsman, trecked right accross the windshield and came into the cooler interior and like daughter, emergency stop all doors open, but never found that spider!

    Probably still living there when daughter started driving it after restoration years later
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    You Fuego people are just odd

    man i gotta get me one of these Fuego things!
    The people that drive em are a hoot! LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    You Fuego people are just odd

    man i gotta get me one of these Fuego things!
    The people that drive em are a hoot! LOL...
    we're an elite breed Nate ...call us connisours
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    & yeah! what is it about morris minors & huntsmans????? I have never known another car to attract soooooo many of the hairy critters!
    MM really stands for mygalamorph magnet!!!!!
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    ....beginning to look a bit frightning isn't it.

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    We always get huntsman in our house since its surrounded by enormous trees. So long as they dont go in the bathrooms or bedrooms, no dramas (except to visitors).

    I hate getting them in cars though. There sign of even the smallest web has me running nightmare scenarios through my mind.

    I remember when I was younger and we were on Holidays with family friends at Mt. Beauty and an enormous huntsman appeared in the VN Commodore (honestly, the spider could have kept the car...). Everyone scrambled out, armed ourselves with spray cans/anything with a bit of weight to it... We ended up pulling off door trims, seats, all kinds of things out of the car. Never found the critter either.

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    Heh interesting thread.

    Yep I agree with the not-good-finding-huntsmen idea, but we got another one that was actually more threatening a few weeks ago, whan I thought about it - a few wasps in the car, with our little guy in the child seat. We were stopped at the time thankfully but boy that precipitated a quick evac...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergetov
    I hate getting them in cars though. There sign of even the smallest web has me running nightmare scenarios through my mind.
    That's even more worrying as Huntsmans don't spin webs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Europa
    That's even more worrying as Huntsmans don't spin webs!
    Thats exactly the reason I love them.nice neat spiders, and quick enough to avoid being sat on.I saw too many Harry Buttler doco's when I was growing up, and was raised with this understanding that I was not going to get bitten by anything.I dont take chances with funnelwebs and brown snakes, but everything else,red backs included, is cool with me.I once had a R12 that I shared with some little black ants.If I tried to spray, I'd just make the car smell toxic, and a new batch would be back sooner or later, so I just let them be.It seems to be pre-programed in most critters to duck for cover when a human comes along.and up till now,I havn't been bitten or stung.
    An update on the ratty fuego,the bugger has hollowed out the back seat and turned the one piece of foam into beam bag mix.I did notice bits of yellow foam above the aircon, but didn't think too much about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jo proffi
    An update on the ratty fuego,the bugger has hollowed out the back seat and turned the one piece of foam into beam bag mix.I did notice bits of yellow foam above the aircon, but didn't think too much about it.
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    If you want Jo (Melbourne) I have a good spare one. Maybe someone is driving up sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid
    If you want Jo (Melbourne) I have a good spare one. Maybe someone is driving up sometime.

    David.
    thanks,Vivid, but this is the wreck,luckily and at the moment I have more spares than I should.
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