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“ A veritable torrent of answers came back ranging from dropping the entire engine into a bath of red diesel through placing it in a freezer right up to hitting it the rotor with the Red & Black Spanners (aka oxy/acetylene)…”

AS THE PHRASE goes, every day is a school day... or at least it has the potential to be one if only you let it. And reaching into my big box of trite journalistic sound bites here’s

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