BP must have gotten their "technology" from british car parts suppliers of the 1960's and 1970's!

  • rnch

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    Jun 02, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    anyone who owned/was owned by a triumph, mg, or jaguar of this time period knows what i mean! icon_razz.gif

    OH NOOOOOOO!! THE RIG CONTAINMENT EQUIPMENT IS MADE BY LUCAS ELECTRONICS!

    AKA "the prince of darkness" beacause of their repeated failures to work properly and to die/blow fuses when most needed.
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    Jun 02, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    Lucas electrics (not electronics back then) were also the curse of Brit motorcycles, like BSA, Triumph & Norton. You haven't lived (or wanted to kill yourself so badly) until you've tried to solve an ignition problem with a Lucas motorcycle magneto, with "positive Earth" connections.

    Yes, the "Prince of Darkness" was what owners of Brit bikes called Lucas, too, for their unfailing knack of failing without warning, especially late at night on a pitch-black country road. I am impressed by your knowledge of Lucas and the dark arts; a suitable analogy with BP's Gulf efforts.
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    Jun 02, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    Wilton saidLucas electrics (not electronics back then) were also the curse of Brit motorcycles, like BSA, Triumph & Norton. You haven't lived (or wanted to kill yourself so badly) until you've tried to solve an ignition problem with a Lucas motorcycle magneto, with "positive Earth" connections.

    Yes, the "Prince of Darkness" was what owners of Brit bikes called Lucas, too, for their unfailing knack of failing without warning, especially late at night on a pitch-black country road. I am impressed by your knowledge of Lucas and the dark arts; a suitable analogy with BP's Gulf efforts.


    thanks, RV...i mean wilton....i owned (or did it own me?) a beautifull, sexy, gorgeous, simply stunning jaguar XJ6 in the late 1970's..british racing green, carmel brown leather interior, a real wood dashboard full of gauges and switches..an early model without the ugly 5 mile per hour add on bumpers...pure 4 door sex on real wire wheels. my parents would "borrow" it and leave their car for me to shleep along with. it took my mother quite some time to get used to the two gas tanks and the manual choke. (wayyyyy back before fuel injected cars were around. it had three side draft SU carburators, another british "joke")

    ..that damn car left me stranded/limping home SOOOO many times!!! (I was still living at home and could afford such indulgences.)

    the final straw was when i was driving my parents to a relative's wedding. it started to rain, all 3 of us starting pushing on power window and sunroof buttons....that damn Price of Darkness (Lucas) blew all the window/sunroof/air conditioning compressor/ fan blower motor fuses all at the same time! i swear i saw the blue/white flash as electrical fuses imploded under the dashboard/smelled the devil's cordite/ heard a dry british chuckle in the damp, humid, close air of the car.

    then the torrential downpour started.....

    we were stuck in a hot, humid new orleans thrunderstorn, with temperature & humidity in the upper 80's, with no air conditioning and the windows/sunroof partially closed.

    my mother started crying, her hair, dress and make up ruined, my father cussed out my choice of sensual & impractcal cars while bellowing some graphic british slurs and physical impossibilites (i couldn't believe the words coming out of his pious southern babtist moutth!) while he pounded his fist on the leather door panel.....

    and then to add insult to injury, that British Bitch overheated!!! IN THE RAIN, no less....

    during the next week i fixed everything wrong on the car i could find, listed it for sale and refused to move it out of the garage until it was sold. my parents swore that they would disown me (and worse yet, throw me out of the house) if i EVER brought home another british car.

    however, the jag's replacement, a cute and sensual, near new fiat 124 syder convertible, (a MUCH less reliable mazda miata kinda car) proved to be little better... icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Jun 02, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    rnch saidthanks, RV...i mean wilton....i owned (or did it own me?) a beautifull, sexy, gorgeous, simply stunning jaguar XJ6 in the late 1070's..

    Yes, that model was favored by Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, though their son Richard preferred blower Bentleys.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. ... icon_redface.gif...

    I have never heard a good explanation for why Lucas could never get it right. It's not like electrical theory isn't common knowledge, revealed to everyone but the Brits. Nor why Lucas electrics had a monopoly on Brit automotive and motorcycle products is yet another mystery, given how poor they were. You'd think somebody would have come forward and said they had a better product. ANYTHING would have been a better product.
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    Jun 02, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]Wilton said ...though their son Richard preferred blower Bentleys.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. ... icon_redface.gif... [/quote]

    as wood we all here! icon_lol.gificon_wink.gificon_twisted.gif
  • GQjock

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    Jun 03, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    Holy Crap!!! icon_eek.gif

    I had a Triumph Spitfire in college........ That's BAD

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    Loved the car ....... when it wasn't in the shop icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 03, 2010 12:07 AM GMT

    My anglophile father described Lucas as 'the inventors of darkness".