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In high school I had a classmate with the family Nova and had a flat. So he proceeded to place the bumper jack hook in front of the rear wheel. Yep, crushed up the quarter panel.😲

 

Matt's picture, yes, I bought a 2 foot flex head Snap On ratchet (used) just for that reason. Rusty fasteners give up with the force. Especially suspension hardware here in the rusty east. Wonderful!!!!!   Soak with Acetone/ATF mix and apply 24" breaker bar or ratchet. 

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1 minute ago, Frank DuVal said:

Matt's picture, yes, I bought a 2 foot flex head Snap On ratchet (used) just for that reason. Rusty fasteners give up with the force. Especially suspension hardware here in the rusty east. Wonderful!!!!!   Soak with Acetone/ATF mix and apply 24" breaker bar or ratchet. 

 

Except with the big breaker bars, you often end up with"Hey, this is turning easier than I expected... Oh no, it's turning too easily!" and then the bolt shears off.

 

Then liquification is your only option.

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You get a feel for what's happening. If it is a through bolt, snapping it off is a reasonable end, just put new nut/bolt in. 😉

 

Much better control than short ratchets, where you are really leaning into the problem, then, oops.

 

I use the torch to heat and then quench with water to crush the internal rust. I never liked trying to remove red fasteners. They usually just drip away.... onto me!😲

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3 hours ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

What I don't really understand is 1. Why would you memorialize this for posterity, and 2. why if you do that,  that you would ever let anyone know you did it.  I would say a Rhino did it or something...

 

While not speaking for Matt, it's always useful to be reminded that something like that shown in the photo could happen to the careless (who would become carless while the damage is being fixed in the body shop).  If I had pierced the door with a forklift, I'd have blamed the local rhino; however, the damage shown is more akin to that suffered when a pair of rutting alligators take their lust beneath the nearest car.

5 hours ago, Fossil said:

The above photo makes me sick sick to my stomach. I don't know what I would do it that happened to me. 

 I agree, but it would have been more sickening had anyone been under the car when the jack "disconnect" occurred.  I trust that didn't happen in this case.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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4 hours ago, Jim Bollman said:

CheckYourCar.jpg

I did a "cat scan" on my pickup 2 weeks ago. I thought a cat had 9 lives but the fan had 10 blades...

$3,300 later I had a new radiator, fan, fan clutch and a belt!

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10 hours ago, oldcarfudd said:

But did you have to get a new cat?

No not yet. When I see free cats on craigslist I tell people to bring them, and they get to live on the farm....

Reality is that farm life is harsh on cats...

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19 hours ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

What I don't really understand is 1. Why would you memorialize this for posterity, and 2. why if you do that,  that you would ever let anyone know you did it.  I would say a Rhino did it or something...

It was his "X" buddy who took the photo and put it on the internet.

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2 hours ago, padgett said:

I had a lion bite a chunk out of my tire. Does that count ?

 

That would happen at King's Dominion Lion Country Safari (Doswell, VA). When King's Dominion first opened it was a drive your car through the jungle experience. I do not know if a moving car driven by patrons was ever bitten, but the Jeeps the park workers used and stayed in one place for a while did become chew toys! 

 

 

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