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Old 06-29-2011, 05:44 AM
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Brings tears to my eyes.

This is sickening.
Saw this on MonteCarloSS site, posted by Phil87SS with the captions under photos.

#1 This poor guy painstakingly rebuilt this beautiful 1938 Plymouth Coupe:

#2 afterwords during a planned short shakedown drive, the 1990 Ford rear end lost five lug nuts, losing a wheel, dropping it on the gas tank causing this:

#3 Here is the aftermath, the real shame is because he was only going for a 'short' ride (something we all do) he didn't have insurance so it was a total loss!
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:20 AM
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Could have happened to any of us, that's a real shame. Looks like he really put some work into that machine too. At the end of the day, at least he got away alive, could have been much worse.

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:23 AM
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Yep. Pretty sad. It happened a few months ago. Somthing was wrong with the lug studs IIRC
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Hi,when i worked as an insurance adjuster,we had a case where a guy had lost his right leg,by stepping on a mine in Vietnam,after he came back home,he took his thunderbird to have new tires installed on it,the shop didnt tighten the right rear lug nuts,going around a curve to the left,the right rear wheel came off,flipping the car into a gulley,the Vet lost his other leg (and additional injuries) due to the accident,it cost the company i worked for 2 MILLION dollars.very sad case. glad he got the money.
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Makes the case for the use of a torque wrench doesn't it . Always pre-flight, do a walk around, take nothing for granted.
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Too bad - I always hate to see a destroyed street rod, especially by fire as there is little or no salvage to start over with.

Did he tighten the nuts properly? I moved my car from the shop to the garage last year and didn't have mine fully tight - easy to do when you are building a car and have the wheels off and on many times.

Also, some of the '90s Fords use a lug nut/wheel that requires the nut to have a bulge to properly fit the wheel taper.

As far as torque wrenches - my truck wheels needed to have the metal valves replaced last week as two of them were leaking. Took the truck to a tire shop and when they put the wheels back on, just used an impact gun. I drove directly home and did a torque check. Of 32 nuts, at least 24 were well less then 100 lb ft, the others fairly tight. Back to spec @150 ft lbs - all 32 now.

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Old 06-29-2011, 09:30 AM
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man.....thats heartbreaking
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The Explorer rear, which I think is what it was, use a very small lug nut on the steel wheels ( same as Rangers use ), but steel wheel lugs, I don't think fit the alloy wheels or vice versa. So if he ordered lugs for the rear as whatever the vehicle was, the lugs may have been incorrect for the wheels he was using..

I put alloy '95-'97 Explorer wheels on a '95 Explorer rear, and used lugs from a '94 Ranger with steel wheels, and there too small to fit the taper, tho if you think of the oposite, where the alloy lug could be too be to big for the steel wheel taper, that is where the problem may have come from.
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BUMMER!!! What a shame!
I was just reading my renewal on my collector car policy and there was a section about vehicles that were automatically covered for a certain period of time but I think that I will check with them before I pull out on the street with anything.
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Another sad one. I can't see how/where this car came from.
http://www.bangshift.com/blog/Nightm...Show-Cars.html
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Ouch!!!!! That's painful to look at. That Lemans too. So little damage to the Lexus, yet that big ole heavy metal Lemans crumpled up like a wet taco. Jeebus!
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Hurts to see that. It makes me think of my 24 year old nephew. His father is a master mechanic so he grew up around it plus what I`ve taught him over the years. He`s got the potential to be so much more, but his biggest down fall is he tries to get the job done fast as he can so he cuts corners, often not tightening everything down properly. I`ve told him countless times "It`s better to do the job once right than know your doing it wrong then have to go back and do it again which is only going to cost you more money" and it just don`t seem to stick.
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Ouch!!!!! That's painful to look at. That Lemans too. So little damage to the Lexus, yet that big ole heavy metal Lemans crumpled up like a wet taco. Jeebus!
Yeah, looks like the Lex did a Hop and hit above the Rocker & Frame, pretty weak in the Door area especially on the HardTops.
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