The decision was made.
It was 1978 and B troop were fed up with 16 ER 36
Or "damien" as it rapidly became known as soon as the Omen film came out.
It was a Mk1AEC with a reputation for being the least reliable of a very unreliable bunch of trucks.
It would be killed.
So a couple of likely coves were volunteered to kill it. All the oil was drained and put in a couple of cans which were thrown on the back.
It was then driven, with a vengance, out of barracks and, eventually onto the "spaghetti junction" just north of Duisburg.
It actually made a couple of circuits before inevitably coming to a very noisy and very smelly and very sudden halt.
At which point the crew poured all the oil back into the smoking engine, chucked the empty tins down the embankment to hide the evidence and called REME duty recovery
"Engine siezed" they said when the wrecker arrived.
Up jumps the Reem into the cab, flicks the starter at which Damien bursts back into life.
I dont think that they make them like that any more.
I once got a 3.9 Range Rover so hot the engine ground to a halt, just slowed and stopped.
It had always been a noisey and lacklustre engine. Until I cooked it
Once cooled down it fired right up and ran like a dollar watch!