|04-26-2013 08:29 AM|
AutoGear, I know a guy that had a wheel bearing seize on a small boat trailer on the way home from catching a bunch of frogs. He had a few beers in him, so he didn't stop. When he got home, the tire was gone and the rim was ground down to the axle.
|04-26-2013 08:20 AM|
"Oh heck, nothing to do with drugs, it's all about stupidity plain and simple. We all better have a few or either we are in a dream world or we are so bad we don't notice we screwed up"
Brian, The drug thing was based on a bad experience I had at a bodyshop. When the shop screwed up a paint job on my truck, the owner said, Don't worry we'll fix it, my painter is normally real good, but I think the prescription on his drugs was wrong the day he painted your truck. He had other folks working there that SMOKED their lunch out in the parking lot.
Alot of older bodymen I've crossed paths with seemed to stay under the influence of paint fumes.LOLNolan
Oh, When I think I've fessed up on all of my faux pas moments, another will pop in my mind too.
|04-25-2013 10:50 AM|
My parents had a sailboat on Lake Ontario years ago (probably 1987). It was the end of the season and my Mom Dad and I hopped in the 1970s Dodge Power Wagon farm truck and made the 40mile trek up a winding 2 lane highway (NYS rt 3 or 4). This thing was a beast of a truck Long Box 3/4 or 1 ton; 4wd, 360 dodge and a 727 with 4.something rear gears. Oh and 'helper springs' in the back.
We got up there just fine, coming home with a 23ft sailboat with full cabin and fully loaded on a single axle trailer; the passenger side wheel came off the trailer. Heres the spooky part: it was dark out and my dad didnt notice the wheel was gone until he saw SPARKS from the trailer being dragged down the road. The truck didnt flinch just kept on dragging. So my dad stops and pulls over nice and easy. He had to walk about a quarter mile before he found a farmer that would let us put the trailer/boat in his pasture. So eventually Dad comes back (My mom is just losing her marbles and getting angrier because her 8yr old son thought the sparks were NEAT. Dad hops in the Dodge, fires it up, drops it in 4H and pulled that trailer off the soft shoulder and down the road easy as pie. WTF. Its october and it starts to snow. A week later my dad goes back to fix the trailer and bring it home...neither he nor the farmer ever found the wheel n tire. Oh and the farmer? He was 80 and got sucked through a potato picker and lived to tell abut it...punched full of holes and all.
|04-24-2013 05:59 PM|
How about jacking a car up and having it slip off the jack with the jack going under the oil pan and the car coming to the ground with the engine up in the air about a foot! Caved in the oil pan, broke the motor mounts, broke the mount right off the tail shaft of the trans, fan, water pump, fan shroud AND the AC evap and heater box on the firewall! Oh yeah, I have done a few.
Those were at the same shop, I hadn't thought about that Camaro in years and then the friggin jack incident popped into my head being it happened in the same stall. I better quit this thread or I will keep remembering them, CRAP, another one just flashed in front of me, I'm leaving.
|04-24-2013 05:04 PM|
I was just typing a multiple reply, hit the wrong button and it all disappeared.
Okay, here's a condensed version;
Brian, I knew you would fess up sooner or later, ain't no bodyman in the world that hasn't had a faux pas. LOL, I thought drug use was a prerequisite for hiring at bodyshops.
Pugs, Its simply amazing how far a tire will roll down the street without hitting anything, seen it myself.
Bob, I know what you mean about that facial expression when and acetylene bottle is on fire, seen it happen more than once. As far as the guy with the bag bomb, I would have wanted to strangle him.
|04-24-2013 11:38 AM|
Another of my FAUX PAS es
I had bought a new tank of Acetelene,then i hooked up my guages,tried my torch ,worked great,turned off torch AND TANK,started cutting thin metal using my 4 inch grinder, sparks shooting near my tanks,my tank caught fire,you talk about that deer in the headlight look,my wife almost passed out,I didnt know wether to S%%% or go blind,only thing I could do,was wet a couple of shop towels and wrap them around guages,it wasnt the guages,it was where the factory nipple connected to the tank.i was scared that tank was going to blow up, heres another one,(I didnt do it) my buddy had just painted a 53 foot Hatteras,(i mean JUST) paint was still wet (AWLGRIP) another guy put acetelene into a zip loc bag,then used a rolled up paper towel as a fuze,(this was in an old metal building)then lit it, when that went off,it sounded like an ATOM BOMB,ALL the rust particles from the roof,fell into the wet paint. i was sure glad i was about 100 yards away...Did you ever see a grown man cry???? We all helped him out,I had a 55 gallon drum of acetone,about 15 of us,wiped the fresh paint off of the boat.it took over 40 gallons of acetone to clean the paint off...
|04-24-2013 11:18 AM|
I guess I didn't have a good locking system for the wing nut and I was driving in a subdivision and all of a sudden the truck jumped like a bucking bronco. I looked out the rear view window and seen the wheel come down and start bouncing down the street. It came to a stop with out hitting a thing. DOH!!!
|04-24-2013 10:11 AM|
LOL, a couple more of these are popping in my head, thanks guys. LOL How about when the dealership would bring us a new dash part to paint and they would bring us the old one to match the color. We couldn't get very close to those colors, I was years from really understanding matching colors so I wasn't very good. I would paint the new dash, AND the old one so my color "matched". LOLOLOL Never got a complaint. I can just see them delivering the car "What do you mean it's a different color, here's your old part, it matches perfect".
This was NOT a good place for a young guy to learn good business practices.
Another one I remember was putting a Pinto together and the grilles on these cars were plastic with slotted holes so it would move one way or the other. The car was all done and parked out front and I saw the customer come walking up looking at the car. He saw that the grille was over to one side more than the other. He walked up close to it and really eye balled how close it was to the headlamps on both sides, even trying to "squeeze" it closer with this thumb and index fingers. He looked and looked back and forth and then walked into the office. I ran out there with my screw driver and loosened it up moving over straight and ran back into the shop. The customer walked out and opened the door then took one more look probably thinking in his head "I should complain and have them fix that, I'll take one more look to see if I can put up with it". He walked out front of the car looking at it and quickly went back and forth shaking his head as he saw that it fit perfect. Poor guy went back and got in the car thinking he had lost his mind.
|04-24-2013 10:03 AM|
If this thread is about screw ups while working on cars, I have too many to list.
This one sticks in my head. I was 19 and working at my first "real" body shop (you know, one with a booth and frame equipment, pavement in the parking lot) and I we were next to a Ford dealership. We did a lot of work on brand new cars, before and after customers had seen them. The quality control at Ford in those days was REAL bad so we often would fix runs and crap like that. Anyway a customer was sent over to us to paint the underside of his hood where there were some bare primer spots on the underside of the hood skin inside the holes of the inner structure. You know, the big holes on the inner structure, with the hood up you could see spots of bare primer thru these holes. Soooooooo they send the kid out there (me) to do this easy project, armed with my touch up gun I am spraying thru these holes and doing a fine job. To get a little better angle I needed to pull the hood down a little........this was a 78 Ford Fairmont and one of the first cars I had ever seen without hood springs holding the hood up. It had a hood prop rod, one problem, the rod was about a foot long way back at the hinges and VERY strong, not a flimsy thing like they use today. So when I pulled the hood down I folded it at that prop rod! FOLDED the hood, it POPPED as it folded. With the guy standing there!
That wasn't as good as the guy pulling the GTO out of the booth and smoking the tires (on purpose) with the car shooting out of the booth into a garbage bin right in front of the owner as he was coming early to check out his car.
When I think of some of the things we did in that shop, holy cow. We had the paint mixing room covered in centerfolds, one of the guys brought in an 8mm projector and showed pornos on the wall in the paint booth, the owner was on some serious drugs buzzing around like a mad man, I found a LARGE bag of "beans" in the trunk of a car that were being hidden by one of his friends, a spare tire falling off the back of a truck after we repaired it ripping the bed all up, us taking a full on race car out of the shop and up the main street (a real busy city main street) when the boss was out of town, smoking the tires on cars in the shop until you couldn't see a foot in front of you! That place was WILD.
|04-24-2013 09:51 AM|
On the hood flying off, did that. About 18 years old and had remove the latch on the hood and at some point hopped in and drove off having not put the latch back in. I drove it a lot without the hood so I had no hinges on it. I would just set the hood on with the latch in the front and a bolt on each rear corner. So the hood was on and the bolts were put in and off I went. I will never forget seeing the hood bouncing up and down on the front and crapping my pants, hit the brakes and the hood was GONE. I mean GONE, I was still going pretty good, 25-30 looking out the rear window waiting for it to come down on the cars lining the street! This was a very narrow street, I don't think there was even room for two cars to pass. With cars along the side. I am freaking out looking back thru my little rear window and WHAM the hood came down like a bag of sand thrown out of plane! Right in the middle of the street, WHAM. I turned around got the hood up off the street and put it back on the truck and slowly drove home to take this photo.
|04-24-2013 07:21 AM|
That's some funny stuff
When the wires were glowing on that old Lincoln machine, the welder was burning some big jet rods on some heavy steel I-beams. Had that old sucker cranked up to 200+ amps. I suggested to the owner that maybe it was ready for some new wires.
He said, "Looks like they are sparking real good to me".
|04-23-2013 06:30 PM|
Funny you bring up welding..
I was welding one night under my carport,, Very clear night,, Well my next door neighbour was take a bath,, And his window was not to far from me... He came over after getting done and said... MAN!!!! you scaird the H*** out of me,,
I said. WHY !!!!!
He said I was getting out the tub and saw some lightning coming through the bathroom window and I went ask my wife... Man !!!! THE WEATHER MUST BE GETTING BAD OUTSIDE,, He said she looked at him like he was crazy or something,,,
She said... IT'S CLEAR OUTSIDE,, What's wrong with you,, He said,, I saw lightning coming from the window,,,
So he walked to the FRONT door and saw it was very clear,, He then came running around the house and saw me welding !!!!
And said you had me losing my mind... I said I do that sometimes to people.. It's OK...
|04-23-2013 05:04 PM|
My wife came back from borrowing my pickup one day with the hood all bent up. She was trying to be good, and checking the oil - didn't get the hood latched. She was doing about 60 down the interstate when it came open! That bent it up pretty good, but closing it bent it worse! Oh well.
|04-23-2013 04:44 PM|
This stuff is funny.
Randy, When that hood flew up on me I didn't crap my pants, but when I saw the damage to the hood I nearly did.
Bob, I bet them wires were red afterward.
A while back I saw an old welding machine running at night, all the wires were glowing red in the darkness, but none were arching to ground!
|04-23-2013 11:32 AM|
|sedanbob||When I was in college, I had a '55 Chevy - 283. It was running erratically one evening - I opened to hood to see what was wrong - the old plug wires were arcing all over the place - a regular light show! The next day I went to the auto parts store and bought a new set - don't remember the brand, but they were bright red. The old wires had been run over the rams-horn exhaust manifolds, so that's where I ran the new ones - no looms. Got the wires installed, then headed off to school. About half way there the car started running erratically like it had with the old wires. When I opened the hood, I saw that all the new wires got hot and limber, and had sagged enough to melt onto the exhaust manifolds - arcing all over again. I had to get to school, and didn't have access to a store anywhere close, so I tied strings to the wires to anything I could find that would keep the wires away from the manifolds and from each other. It looked like my engine had been attacked by a giant spider on drugs! All my pretty red wires lasted about 1/2 hour!|
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