WORLD’S FASTEST PLUMBER

Bentley convertible is one thing; a Bentley plumber’s van, quite another. This inventive device is located in New Zealand, where – from memory – a farmer once re-fashioned a D-Type Jaguar into something suitable for rounding up cattle.

(Via Andrew Landeryou)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/28/2007 at 08:48 AM
    1. That looks like a bit of a sheepish grin on his face.  I suppose he should be able to get in for his chop in that speed machine before some other plumber pulls the wool over his eyes.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 01 28 at 09:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. All publicity is good publicity. Perhaps the cattle and plumbing in NZ are very fast.

      Here in the US there used to be a cottage industry converting Cadillacs into pickups. When I lived in California the guy who ran the business across from my employer had two of them. And of course so many Mercedes were made into station wagons in Arkansas that Benz gave up and started doing it themselves, for a while.

      Regards,
      Ric

      Posted by Ric Locke on 2007 01 28 at 10:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Plumbers driving brand new Bentleys, converting a D-Type into a farm vehicle—what is it with the Kiwis?

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 01 28 at 11:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. That just makes me both insanely jealous and think that perhaps I pay my plumber too much money.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 01 28 at 12:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holy crap! A new Bentley! I had assumed that it was going to have been an older (but not antique) and/or damaged-but-repaired one—but it’s brand new. Holy crap!

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 28 at 12:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe next week he can upgrade from “wife-beater” to “short-sleeved t-shirt”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 28 at 12:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. BTW, paco, who sold the man a Personalized Automobile Conversion Optimiser? Because I thought that N.Z. was in my sales area; and I’ve never heard of the guy before today.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 28 at 01:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7 Andy: He probably bought a used conversion kit. Paco Industries has not yet secured control over the pre-owned market.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 28 at 02:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. With what plumbers charge in LA, a Bentley pick-up is OEM…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 28 at 02:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. My Plumber drives one too.

      Posted by Yobbo on 2007 01 28 at 03:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like the truth-in-advertising laws are starting to catch up with the plumbing industry…

      Posted by Vexorg on 2007 01 28 at 04:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6

      Maybe next week he can upgrade from “wife-beater” to “short-sleeved t-shirt”.

      My son is mystified by that term. He says a chunk of broomhandle works far better for that purpose than a sleeveless t-shirt.

      Posted by triticale on 2007 01 28 at 06:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. “a farmer once re-fashioned a D-Type Jaguar into something suitable for rounding up cattle”

      good god, what are they feeding cattle in NZ?  and can we get some of the bulls for the Professional Bull Riders tour in the US?

      Posted by dub kitty on 2007 01 28 at 07:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Geez!

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 01 28 at 10:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. This reminds me of something David E. Davis, Jr. wrote in Car & Driver almost 30 years ago. He was spending the night at the West Texas ranch of a man named Hetherly, who had several men to entertain that evening and didn’t want to go into town. From memory:

      Hetherly’s plan is to pile into his Buick Electra 225 with drinks, a Q-Beam spotlight, and a Franchi 20-gauge shotgun, and go harass the jackrabbits.

      Thirty minutes later, bouncing across the hills drenched in ice-cold whiskey and laughing fit to die, we make no appreciable dent in the jackrabbit population. But we sure as hell test the Electra’s suspension and undercarriage.

      I wish I’d been there for that. Sometimes I feel as though I had been.

      Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 01 28 at 10:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. #12: No, no, one doesn’t beat one’s wife with the shirt; you see, the shirt is referred to as a “wife-beater” because . . . *Sigh* . . . Yes, of course, a broom handle is much better.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 28 at 11:28 PM • permalink

 

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