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Old 01-31-2003, 07:15 PM
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Post Close Call With DEATH Anyone?

Almost everyone has a close call in the shop, at one time or other. A sleeve caught in the fan, jack stands slipped, Fiero engine fires, etc.

I'd like to here about your brush with death.I'll start with one of mine.

In the '70s, I did the demolition derby circuit at the county fairs, in the summer. Prepping the cars involved removing the gas tank and mounting one on the int. floor.

I crawled under this 68 Impala, feet to the front, and cut the gas tank bands with the torch. I then reached up to the rear bumper, grabbed it, and began to pull myself out. As my head slid past the filler spout(behind the license plate), I saw there was no gas cap, and the filler spout was ablaze. Right above my face!

I just closed my eyes and waited for the boom, and the chest crushing explosion. A minute passed, nothing happened. I realized that I might still live, scrambled out and ran like Rambo. after a couple minutes, I got braver. I walked up to the car, stuck a rag in the spout, and snuffed the flame. Must have been stale gas, from this car being parked for a long time. It had a half tank full.

Scared the ***** outta me!

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Old 01-31-2003, 07:25 PM
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A friend of mine was working on his van when I went to check on his progress I found him with the van sitting on his chest and the screw jack he was using toppled over on its side. he is a big guy and had it not been for the soft gravel driveway he would of been toast. I have had a car set down on my legs once...I was putting my rear tire on and it being a big wide motherfer I was using my legs to positon it....just as i got it over the lugs...this numbnuts..twist the handle on the jack and woosh!!!!!!!!! both my legs were pinned talk about pressure....luckily they werent directly under the tire and the tire only had about 15 pounds of air in it...
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Old 01-31-2003, 08:05 PM
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Do I even have to say anything??

Well if I do here we go.

When I used to work at the Two Stroke shop I was out in the test area which is just a concreate block cage with a 3 layer chain link gate on both sides and a motor mount stand in the middle gas tank on the side etc etc, you get the idea. Well I was testing this engine and a bud walked in to ask a quick question an I had a wrench in my hand and I made a gesture and didn't notice how close I was to the prop (propeller) and the prop caught the wrench and the prop blade (carbon fiber) went flying and because the engine was still running and the prop was off balance the other side of the prop went ape sheet flew off and shatterd on the wall and the engine was going balls to the wall shakin' like mad. Go the engine shut down picked some carbon fiber from my skin sat down and looked at the end of the prop I hit with the wrench stuck in the chainlink fence. Never found the wrench. Still have the prop peice.

Another prop catasrophy. Was testing an engine in the dyno room, well I was aving it tested. I went out to check something and stuck my hand in my pocket for my little note pad and when I pulled my hand out a ball from a ball bearing fell out and bounced off the stand and the prop caught it and bounced it around the room and 500 mile an hour as I hide on the floor covering what was dear to me. The prop broke (wood) found the ball embedded in the concrete seam of the wall. Still have that prop too.

Playing in traffic I almost got splatterd by a red dump truck. Wasn't really playing. Me and a bud were playing frisby in an open feild next to the highway and it rolled across the highway. So of course I went to get it. Knowing this preticular highway the dumptruck drivers travel in packs and they travel at 75-90mph bunched up like an australian road train. So I looked both directions jogged across go the frisby looked up and saw this fire engine red dump truck barrelin ars towards me with three tag alongs behind him at the same speed. With my knees up to my chin I high stepped it across the highway and cleared the ditch in about 3 seconds flat. They all laughed their heads off after they told me how funny I looked and how fast I moved.

Not even going to get into car and bike crashes or about drownding in my own pond. There are many more times. Me and death are old friends, he likes to keep me on my toes.

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Old 01-31-2003, 08:19 PM
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I've had some close calls with serious injury and occassionally death but none are exciting so I won't say nothin till have have some good ones like HK
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Old 01-31-2003, 08:52 PM
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Count me in.

Three open heart surgeries all of them before I was 5 years old,I wasnt supposed to live past 10 but I'm 19 now and in great health with no problems.

So I have had three,plus the time I flipped my rollbarless go kart and could feel my neck twist in several wrong directions and I blacked out,next thing I remember was my friend who was riding with me,it was a double seater, and he got ejected off the go kart,was lifting it off of me and asking if I was ok.All I could do was laugh.
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Old 01-31-2003, 09:10 PM
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Rolled a 1971 Mustang at 104.5 mph, rolled another 1971 Mustang in 6 foot of snow and got trapped in car in middle of nowhere. I guess this is close enough to shaking deaths hand.
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Old 01-31-2003, 09:32 PM
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Stay away from those Mustangs, 'cause you've obviously found thier handling limits.
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I remember once I had a Holley carb that needed a rebuild.It was sitting on the shelf full of gas.I pull it off and tip it over to look at something gas spills out all over my hands.So I lightly say "Oh sh1t" less than 1 second later,when I realized I had a cigarette in my hand I yelled "OH *****!!!" Nothing happened,but what kind of a retard does something like that.
That or the time I was under a 1982 impala changing a rear main seal.I jacked the motor by the harmonic balancer with a 2x4 block.Well it got so high the park pin poped in the tranny and the car rolled over the wheel chucks wile I was under it.Luckily my uncle was there and held the car wile I flew out from underneith,then it rolled away.
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Old 02-01-2003, 02:40 AM
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What I want to know is how in the hell when you roll a car do you know you are going 104.5 mph. Why not 104 or 105?

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Old 02-01-2003, 03:52 AM
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Kevin, I guess it was measured by the same guy that put up the speed limit sighn here that says 21 1/4 mph. No frikin' clue. Speed at the time of a roll wouldn't be my top priority at that sort of moment. <img src="graemlins/drunk.gif" border="0" alt="[drunk]" />

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Running home after a biker party on my chopper. Passed a state patrol car chasing a TA and Found myself doing 140mph in a 55mph zone. The wind had me pushed back sitting upright. I didn't smash myself down on the tank before I cranked the engine to 140mph so It was a real ***** to hang on an let the engine speed come down enought to lean forward and regain control. I'm going to be 55 this year, I have had a few brushes with death.
This was one of the most memorable.


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Had 3 none related to cars or bikes. Broke my shoulder on my bike still have 2 wires in there. Didn't think I could hold still while they cut them out while I was awake. A kid ran out in front of me so laid it down. Not going very fast and all I felt was a little snap like a rubber band but my arm wouldn't do what my brain told it to, weird feeling. Couldn't even lift the bike. #1 Appendix near burst when I was 10, was sick and teacher wouldn't let me go home. Parents got a lot of apologies over that. #2 Use to do home remoldling on the side for extra money. Did roofing,siding decks etc. On a roof 2 story roof one day and slid to the very edge before stopping. Flattened out to create more friction and dug in toes and fingers. Got lucky it worked. #3 Had problems for a few years of getting really bad sick about 3 :o o in the morning, Dr's didn't know why. Did tests nothing resulted. Finally started hitting me at work caused me to be hauled to the hospital several times still no reason. Started not to be able to control my emmotions, Would sit and watch a Disney movie with the kids and start crying at the sad scenes. Ended up getting yellow jaundice. Found out my gaul bladder was the problem. Wife called at work to say I had a Dr. appt. told the foreman I'd be back in a couple of hrs. Ended up 8 days in the hospital. Found out I had been passing gaul stones and my gaul bladder was like a gravel pit. they we're stuck in my body and couldn't get out any more. When I woke up I expected one of those little holes you here about and they go back to work in a few days. I was cut from sternum to belt line diagonally with hoses hanging out of my abdomen in 2 places and tubes up my nose. Think I had a 102 an stitches and staples inside and out. Looked like railroad tracks on me. Feel so good now it's almost sinful. Don't want to go through that again.
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Kevin45 How do I know I was going 104.5 mph???? Thats what my ticket said on it, had a state patrolman clocking me from ahead and 3 chasing me from behind. Yes I was a Idiot when I was young and indestructable, and no I don't drive like this anymore.
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Old 02-01-2003, 07:37 AM
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Had a few related to automobiles but only one real close call...

I used to work for Wpg. Hydro and one day we were to repair a gear box at the top of 100 ton crane in the gate room. The gear box was leaking gear oil on the floor so the repair was mostly cosmetic and for environmental safety (those poor fishy's). I assembled a crew of three helpers to assemble the scaffolding and decided to come back with another mechanic to assist me with the 200 pd cast iron gear box cover, before I left I gave instructions to assemble 4 stories of scaffolding and install the stairways and tie off the scaffolding to the crane itself to meet code. I secured the electrical safety (200 V/DC powered crane) and let the boys go to work.

When I returned I found no helpers on the scene and the scaffolding erected and tied off but no stairways installed. Since the stairs were mostly for our convenience and were not necessary to meet code we climbed to the top and started work. I made a mental note to give the helpers sh1t for not following my request, laziness was the only factor involved.

We completed the work and resealed the top lid, it was very close to quitting time and everyone wanted to leave on-time on a Friday so we rushed getting the tools and supplies from the top of the scaffold to the ground. I was the last guy up top and had my pockets full of tools and wrenches and decided to save some time and climb down with them in my pockets.

With the way the scaffolding was tied off I had to jump down to the third level, not a big deal. I forgot about the pair of ropers gloves in my back pocket and the hole in my back pocket. When When I attempted to jump down my glove was poking through my coveralls and caught the holes in the steel scaffold deck, I was suspended for a split second before I fell and hit the third story.

I flipped 180 degrees and then hit the second story, a mad grab caused me to flip another 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Both levels of steel decking started to fall, right on top of me. I landed on my elbows and knees with all my safety harness and hard hat on, the decking missed me by inches. Witnesses said I had done two complete 360's in midair, each in opposite directions of rotation. My only injury was a severely bruised left knee from the impact, I walked home limping white as a ghost. The next few hours were a bit of a blur once I got home, I went into shock and had to be sent to the hospital.

I dodged a bullet that day and earned the nickname "The Flying Chuckman" from the boys who watched me fall. I don't want to ever have that feeling again. After physio my knee is fine now, I was lucky. <img src="graemlins/sweat.gif" border="0" alt="[sweat]" />
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when I was 11 yrs old I visited my cousins in upstate NY who lived on a large farm, they had just picked up a small speed boat(a 14ft aluminum v-hull with center steering and a 45hp outboard motor). it was perched on the loft when my cousin and dad were talking about it and the question arouse if they would take it to the lake? I jumped in ecitedly and we loaded it up and took it to the lake, still ecited we got their put it in the water and my cousin jumped in an started the motor then my dad got in and told me to get in! Well all of a sudden I got a spine chilling feeling and froze their standing on the doc! my dad asked me if I was going or not? I chickened out and said you go ahead! they took of and I watched as they zoomed around the lake a couple of times then they came back in and asked me if I would like to get in? I jumped in and of we went! a couple times around with me in the middle,my dad up front. then the the steering cable snaped! my cousin stoped the motor and tried to re-atach it but could not? so he said he would steer the boat from the yoke of the motor. of we went again a full lap around when suddenly the boat shifted from left to right and my dad went overboard! the next thing I remember I was upside down still sitting in the middle seat? (the boat capsized)!when I swam out from underneath I found out that my cousin did not know how to swim and was panicking and attempted to climb on top of the capsized boat only to push it down into the water, with nothing else to hold onto he moved over to my dad a attempted to climb on his head, when my dad pushed him away he came over to me a tryed to climb on my head only to push me under! I remember sinking to the bottom and seeing the long(tall) seeweed that seemed to stretch 20-30 feet high? I somehow managed to get back to the surface and get a breath of air before I was again pushed under and to the bottom i went AGAIN!and somehow again made it back up to find my dad and cousin sitting in a boat of some good samaritan who happened to hear the desperate cry`s for help? I can honestly say that this was the last time I was going to get to breath again before I was grabed and hauled in the boat! the moral of this story? LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINKS! often the first impression wil be the right one!a lesson that almost killed me?

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