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I made it home anyway.

Discussion in 'Other Vehicles' started by 73c20jim, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. jjester6000

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    I had a similar thing happen with my truck, though the floors wern't completely gone, there were some big 'drain holes.'

    Anyways, I was driving down a country highway on my way home after storm chasing. All of a sudden, I hit a massive flash flood under an overpass.

    The only way to describe the deceleration would to compare it to one of those supersonic rocket sled tests from the 50s. They used water to decelerate them from Mach 1 to a complete stop in a matter of seconds.

    Next think I knew, I had water 2/3 the way up my legs.

    The truck sounded like a 165 mercruiser since the whats left if the exhaust was under water.

    I was able to drive right out of it though, since it was a pretty gradual incline.

    Man, I had to pull the rubber floor out since it smelled so bad.
     
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    You guys won't believe how long I drove on these horrible dryrotted, nonmatching tires.
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    I bet the guy who sold it to me put them on just to get it rolling, not to really drive around on.
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    Regaurdless, I got the title transfered and the truck registered. It is not like I had money to for tires? Registration is expensive in illinois.

    I pretty much put this fresh farm find truck on the road without any testing or real work.

    Needless to say, I didn't last too long before loosing a few tires.
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    Despite that, I drove about 1000 miles like that.

    I then bought some actual tires, and even had them balanced, and it made a night and day difference.
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    Had an old 50something Chevy single axle tractor we used to jockey trailers in and out of the shop. It had holes in the floorboards, big ones. Always hated moving trailers in the rain.
    The tranny shifter forks wore out so we removed the top of the tranny case and used a brick to smack the gears into reverse and 1st. Didn’t have a speedo, didn’t need one, first gear was it. AND if you wound it up too tight, you had a oil slick on the outside of your right pant leg for the rest of the day. Which sucked.
    “Poor people have poor ways” said my dad all the time. LOL

    Sorry for hijacking this thread just sparked a memory of what we all have probably had to deal with.
     
  4. DoubleDingo

    DoubleDingo Summer Is Near, Hot Temps Are Already Here

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    I'm riding on dried out tires too. They came with the truck in 2012, they were new when the guy bought them and they were dry rotted back when I bought the truck. I've hauled a few loads of compost and rock dust with them on the truck, but it has been a gamble each time I take the truck out. I only do surface street driving, but even those can get up to 55 mph. I try to stay on the slower roads. I need to get some new ones, but, like you, money isn't there, especially this time of year with auto insurance being renewed, property taxes, car registration and a couple other bills taking the funds away.
     
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    About 15 years ago, I helped a friend change the fuel pump on his 90's twin turbo'd 502 BB Dually. He had driven to his shop by using a cheap 12 volt air compressor plugged into his cigarette lighter to pressurize fuel he put into his windshield washer tank that ran down through to a blow-through injection system.

    I was amazed he was able to drive the 4 miles one-way from his house to his shop. He said he'd been driving it daily like that for a month or two.

    Guy is/ was a mad genius with him and his dad holding several patents for air flow and automotive parts used by NASA. Made his own billet blocks, cylinder heads, etc. They were very well known in the industry for their very creative ideas.
     
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    That is awesome!
     
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    How many times would he have had to fill the washer tank with gas?

    Those tanks hold less than a gallon, and a Big Block (ESPECIALLY A 502) is not too fuel efficient.

    That reminds me of one of my friends who drives a death trap Jeep YJ. It has no floors left, the frame is pretty rusty in the rear, he has rear view mirrors, he can't see through the rear window, there is basically no weatherstripping, and his fuel lines/gas tank leak (It also runs like crap).

    He can't put more than 5 gallons in the tank at a time since it will leak with any more. People thought I drove a death trap, but this is just screwed.

    It is a 4cy/5spd (4spd, he lost 5th) and I can't believe he drives it every day.
     
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    My last set of Coopers had been on my truck for 23 (yes 23) YEARS. Lost the receipt but the mileage was over 90K.
    Not something I drove on the freeway a lot then.
     
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    '78 Dodge Ramcharger. I was upstate at my mountain getaway (mobile home) 350 miles away. Driving down a narrow mountain road, some fucker was spotting for deer and shined right in my eyes. Went off the road and trough a couple of 8" pine trees. Got thrown up against the dash, elbow through the windshield and wound up on the pass side floor. Luckily he didn't take off and called the cops and ambulance. I was banged up but didn't go to the hospital. Had the truck towed up the road to my place.

    Checked out the damage the next morning. Frame was buckled and pushed back, leaving the front axle crooked. Pulled the hood off and laid it on the ground and jumped on it to get it straight as I could. R/S fender, grille, core support was wasted. Ripped it apart, straightened it best I could by hand and hand tool. Had to take the radiator in the house into the bathtub to find all the leaking tubes. I just cut the bad tubes and bent them over and crimped them. Threw it back in, took some side skirting off the trailer to make a makeshift fender and grille.

    Drove that fucker 350 miles back home that night. Had to stop every half hour or so to refill with water. Right tire scrubbing away like a mad man. I made it home though...
     
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    Reminds me of my dads old cherokee, after many tranny swaps he never put the cover on the floor, one winter day we're out hunting in the state game lands and go to drive up into the parking area (no winter maintenace). He has it in 4wd and blasts the gas, we go smashing into fluffy snow up to the grill. Powdery snow comes shooting up into the jeep all over us through the trans hump, we both just look at each other and start laughing!
     
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    Necessity is the mother of invention!
     
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    I had a car once that rained on the inside and leaked outside.Had thick sunday newspapers in the floorboards that would freeze into solid ice in the winter.Not the car to impress your chick in.lol
     
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