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Her's a hadful of pics taken in the days when we were allowed to have a laugh at work - and still went home in one piece! (Well almost always went home in one piece)

Like coiled sponges ready to respond at any given moment - or shouls I say 'it's a same day service!'






 

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working in a bike garage about 20 year ago ,the boss is in his office doing paper work & shouts out how do you spell 'returned' the apprentice shouts back R.E.T.A.R.D :pmsl: nearly got fired but just got a clip round the ear
 

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1988, Apprentice, 16 years old.
Day one..... Tool box blown up.
Day two..... Locker blown up.
Day three... Tied up, greased up, hair cut & ankles set on fire.
Etc etc etc.......
It got worse as time went on & no im not making this up.

Back in the good old days...... eh........ Hmmmm ????
 

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Motor trade early seventies. Stringing apprentices up with a broom through the overall sleeves. Road tests with a lad in the boot. Wiring the metal stores counter up to the condenser tester thus making it live. Petrol in the counter dustbin where the electrical supervisor always threw his dog end. Racing 'dead' cars down the multi storey. WD40 flamethrower fights. Locking lads in engine cases and putting them through the wash. Squirting the power grease gun over the wall of the school next door. Putting the hose up the exhaust of the apprentice supervisors Audi everytime we washed it God bless him. The list goes on...
 

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Motor trade early seventies. Stringing apprentices up with a broom through the overall sleeves. Road tests with a lad in the boot. Wiring the metal stores counter up to the condenser tester thus making it live. Petrol in the counter dustbin where the electrical supervisor always threw his dog end. Racing 'dead' cars down the multi storey. WD40 flamethrower fights. Locking lads in engine cases and putting them through the wash. Squirting the power grease gun over the wall of the school next door. Putting the hose up the exhaust of the apprentice supervisors Audi everytime we washed it God bless him. The list goes on...
Yep,had most of these happen to me or some other unfortunate new boy.EP 90 down the pants followed by floor granuals was another,oxy acetelene bombs from seat covers,having your car left just slightly up on a block when it was home time.
All done without any nasty intent and made you feel part of a team.If only the wet blanket do gooders of today could see this did more good than harm our kids would be better for it.Great days,sadly no more.
 

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1st day at engineering shop, chased round most of day by maniac with large pot of grease.
day two,warning given,,,,,,no notice taken,
day three, trapped in stores with said idiot with grease,
day four, sitting at home talking to police officers, and being told he may die from his injuries,,,,,,,
yeah happy days,,,,not.
 

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I only knew one apprentice that couldn't cope with it. He was strung up with a broom handle, left 'crucified on a four poster and told that the girls from upstairs would be down shortly to grease his bollocks. He was never seen again so I guess that was a bit naughty but in every other case I would agree with you. Getting the red hermetite out of my hair was a bugger though.
 

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Its funny when you don't end up on the receiving end. I had the usual long weight (wait) I didn't mind that, I just wasted an afternoon standing about, had the lefted handed screw driver etc & only had one or two incidents where it got nasty, a hyde mallet stopped one of them & an air fed staple gun stopped the other situation :pmsl:
 

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ah the old get in the boot and listen for sqeaks trick! fell for it hook line and sinker..........never knew there were so many rough roads nearby :grr:..........then got the running commentry on the drive back..."almost there, yeh just turning on to fourecourt now" ..then leaping out as they pulled the boot release shouting "you complete set of bastards!!" to a very bemused group of people stood at the bustop nowhere near the garage as the car drove off and left me to explain and fend off the offended!!....lol!!! revenge called for jelly in workboots, welded steel toecaps, grease in overall sleeves etc....and as said above it was character building, not bullying as the nanny state we live in now calls it:grr:
 

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Yep as an apprentice in a large engineering plant in the 80s I was on the receiving end of the old broom handle through overalls, wrapped up with duct tape and several other things, best thing was to not fight it, its was going to happen and fighting it only made it worse, saw it more as a right of passage than anything else.
 

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Quality pics Glenn :pmsl:

I used to be a greengrocer & a mate a butcher. We all had mk2 escorts you could open with a lollypop stick. They would put pigs feet ect inside our cars & we would do the same to them with rotting fruit & veg ect.
Best 1 was putting 3 smashed up spanish onions under the drivers seat on a cooking summers day. He drove all the way home with eyes streaming & for the next 2 days, drove everywhere with all the windows open :pmsl:

My father in law used to work for an engineering co years back. The apprentice got put in 4 vices on the bench by the corners of his overall sleeves & trousers & they all went home & left him there !
Thinking the security would find him & let him go a few hours later. Unfortunatly they security guys had a moody clock key, so didnt got round all night.
The poor fucka was tied up all night & pissed himself by the morning due to the rats climbing on him :shock:
Security lads got the sack, father in law & his mates a bollocking & the apprentice some new overalls !
 

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I only knew one apprentice that couldn't cope with it. He was strung up with a broom handle, left 'crucified on a four poster and told that the girls from upstairs would be down shortly to grease his bollocks. He was never seen again so I guess that was a bit naughty but in every other case I would agree with you. Getting the red hermetite out of my hair was a bugger though.
Well it wouldn't take long to get red Hermetite out of your hair these days Steve.
 

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I worked at a car spares shop, and you always knew when one of the garages had a new kid in. They'd get sent round for a pair of front brake discs for a Robin, or a water pump for a 1971 Beetle, or chequered paint for the roof of a Mini. One actually came for a bag of sparks for the grinder.
Some of them were proper numbskulls, but most of them knew they were being taken for a ride and used the fool's errand as an excuse to wander round to the shop for a chat and a smoke ...
 

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Hello Steve. So where do I apply for a job where I will be tied up and have a bunch of girls grease my bollocks. Sounds good to me.
The sad thing was Ken the girls never did. I think that was a bit of wishful thinking. There was one escapade though when some guys were in the showers ...apparently...
 
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