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ALWAYS Chalk Your Wheels when you have the Driveshaft out!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Todd78/87, Jun 5, 2000.

  1. Todd78/87

    Todd78/87 1/2 ton status

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    Check this out! I have the drive shaft out to go have it shortened,,, well it decided to go on a little trip.
    http://ak-k5.coloradok5.com/fence/

    Todd 78/87[​IMG]
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  2. 1TUFF89

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    Hey, Todd. Looks like you'll be doing some fence work!! I have had my drive shaft out several times due to replacing the yoke and rear seal in my t-case. I also had it out in order to have u-joints pressed in. I just set my parking brake while I had it out and didn't have any trouble with the truck rolling. Did you not set your parking brake? I guess setting the brake and chocking the wheels would be an extra safety improvement!!

    Chevy's RULE!
     
  3. Blazer1970

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    Oops!

    Tim

    1970 Blazer CST 4X4 350 SM465 NP205
    1987 Suburban 4X4 350
    1988 Chevy Pickup 4X4 350
     
  4. Todd78/87

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    Just plain forgot to set the break... I just had to much going on... had to pull the rear axle to get a stripped lug out, weld in a shock mount I fabbed up and pull the drive shaft,,, I HAD it chalked, but when I got it all done, all I had left to do was put the drive shaft back in,,, I saw the block and thought,, hmmm,, I better move that so I don't drive over it when I go for a test drive. It sat there for 5 hours before it decided to take a little stroll.[​IMG]

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  5. Burt4x4

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    SMACK [​IMG] Smack [​IMG]Smack[​IMG]
    Dang dude that really sucks, bet you'll never do that again!
    Good luck on your minor setback.....

    Rock ON![​IMG] 72 K5 [​IMG] Led Zeppelin
     
  6. 1TUFF89

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    I know how it is to be so busy you forget half of what you're suppose to do. Nice looking truck by the way. My '89 is solid black. I am finally at the point where I can do some "restoration" work on it. It's been my daily driver for the past four years. This past weekend I bought my wife a 1999 blazer to drive and I'm driving her car to work so my 89 is getting a well-deserved break. I've replaced the dash, carpet, shocks, new CenterLine wheels and 33" BFG all-terrains, new dual exhaust, Kenwood stereo system w/amp. and two 15" subwoofers, and now I'm getting the truck and the shell painted. Black shows the dirt, but sure looks sweet when it's clean. Later.

    Chevy's RULE!
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    ..or if you have an auto trans put in 4WD and park. Jim.

    BigJBear '80 GMC
     
  8. Todd78/87

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    Thanks 1Tuff89,,, Sounds like yours is gonna turn out pretty nice also.

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    I hope you didn't damage your truck, I know the fence is gone but it's less expensive than repainting the truck or replacing the grill or something.

    check out my new site, thanks Steve!
    http://chaka73.coloradok5.com
     
  10. delta9blazer

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    good thing those fences were there, looks like your truck could've gone all the way into that other house.
    by the way, nice articulation on your passenger side rear tire.

    <font color=purple>delta9blazer</font color=purple>
     
  11. '73 K5

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    DUDE! You have no idea how lucky you are. A fence is nothing. I broke my back that way. With my '79 Blazer that I owned back in high school when I was changing U-joints I forgot to set the E-brake when I popped the driveshaft out. I was underneath it when it started rolling. The front axle crushed me as it was flying down the driveway. I had a compression fracture of my T6 vertebra, internal bleeding under my breastplate and cuts and bruises everywhere else. It was 5 years ago, and my back still hurts like a mofo sometimes. So the moral of the story is don't be in a hurry like I was: SAFETY FIRST!

    '73 K5
    Chevy good...Ford bad
     
  12. 82GMC

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    WOW that really sucked I hope that never happens to me.
    Or anyone else for that matter.
    Something like that will most likely be with you the rest of your life.

    [​IMG]Inline 6's make a lot of noise[​IMG]
     
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    Damn 73 K5,,,, Man, that's messed up. It's amazing how you start slacking off on saftey cuz nothing ever bad happens,, but then when you think about it, you realize nothing bad has happened because you were praticing saftey. My little accident reminded me of that,, as I know you are probably reminded every day. Sorry to hear you got hurt, though.

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    Delta9blazer,,, LMAO!!! "nice articulation" heheheheheh thanks, Man,,, I needed that.[​IMG]
    I actually had to go back and look at that pic... it's not much, but that's the most I've seen it flexed with the
    new springs on it.

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    Cool Todd,

    I think you got a picture of a poltergeist in the top photo !

    " Don't go into the light...there is evil in the light. "

    hahahaha........ I hope that made you feel better.

    L8r,

    .Riz.
     
  16. Corey-88K5

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    SWEET!!!!!

    A Blazer that wants to go wheeling with or with out you!

    Corey
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    (always chalked & in 4wd in park w/parking brake set...)

    [​IMG]<font color=red>Girls Like Guys In Bow Ties
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    i try not to be too anal about spelling and punctuation on y'all's posts, but i think i need to address this.
    the word is chock.
    if you chalk the wheels, you mark it with chalk to determine its exact position.

    sorry.

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    Maybe that's why it rolled away,, I used a piece of chalk to chock the wheels.[​IMG]
    I thought that's what people ment to use. It looked kind of small to stop the blazer from rolling,, but I thought I would try it. hehehehehhehe j/k
    Thanks Delta9,,,, guess I've never seen it written before.

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  19. AZK5

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    Hey Todd I got a funny driveshaft story too. I used to have an old beater 77 C20 GMC truck with the SM465 tranny. It was sitting in my very sloped driveway without the parking brake on while I started a u-joint removal project. So I unbolted the front u-joint and I just couldn't get the thing to pull apart. So I was yanking and twisting and finally it popped out. Well luckily I didn't let go of the driveshaft because it started to spin in my hand as the truck rolled down the driveway. Luckily again I was wearing steel toed safety shoes when I swung my foot around and wedged it in back of the rolling tire after being dragged halfway down the driveway. The truck came to a stop with my foot wedged under it so I started yelling for my wife or anybody else that could hear me. After about 10 minutes my wife came out to see how I was doing, she hadn't heard me yelling. I was going to just let the truck roll over me (lots of clearance) but the neighbors backyard fence was only 50 feet behind my truck. I was also amazed that by holding the driveshaft I could almost stop the truck. It must have been the gearing in the diff. So I whole heartedly second the motion to use wheel chocks.
    CB
     
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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    Yeah Todd there does seem to be some sort of entity escaping from the drivers side. Maybe that of an old Chevy owner, who just could't resist the urge,HAhahahhahah!!!!
     

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