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breaking down in a bad spot

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by tecton, Feb 28, 2004.

  1. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    i wanna hear stories about you breaking down in a drive through, at a red light during rush hour, or some other situation where you became the focus of hundreds of angry people

    my timing chain broke in the mcdonalds drive through. luckily it was at night, nobody behind me.

    i get this rush of anti-embarassment adrenaline, and push my k5 with 33's no power steering around a curve, UP onto a mabye 1.5inch curb and out the drive through. stopping at the window to collect my dinner before pushing it into a parking spot /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

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    I was in an armored truck that got stuck in a parking structure once....... /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
  3. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    i new a guy that was on a date in his truck, pulled into a mcdonalds for a quick bite with the date, made a few moves etc....time to go.....Oh no, the truck would not start so the girl left him there and walked home /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
  4. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    We were coming back from PA on a sunday night, crossing the Throgs neck Bridge in the K5. Traffic was ridiculous because the bridge was reduced to one lane and slow for construction (normally a 4 or 5 lane). After about an hour of moving at under 10mph, we finally get on the actual bridge and start slowing down more. The temp needle starts moving... Hits red, and I kill the truck. Now blocking the only way over the bridge, at the start of the bridge, nowhere to go to get out of the way, no way to go back, with thousands of people behind me... I ended up waiting til traffic in front of me got real far, start the truck, rocket forward to get air through the rad, then kill the motor and coast to the next stop. Getting off the bridge was no prob, once we were able to move at a decent speed, the truck was fine...

    Ahhh, the days before the electric 2 speed fan...
     
  5. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    i would have flipped, haha

    yeah you know your girl is a keeper if she doesnt run when your truck breaks down
     
  6. BurbLover

    BurbLover 1/2 ton status

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    My wife called me about 6-7 months ago on her cell phone. I asked her to speak up cause it was so loud. She was stuck in a car wash at the local Diamond Shamrock in her GEO Tracker. I had to struggle not to laugh. Anyway, her car died while idling & she couldn't get it started. Fortunately, only a small line of cars. ANyway, by the time a could get half-way there, she was able to get it going. Turned out to be a bad wire. I still laugh about that one, but only when she's not around /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  7. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Come on you've never had to tweek the carb, tap the starter selenoid, fix the thrown belt, blown gasket, overheating, loose battery cable, or a bad fuel pump on the side of the road with a date? /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  8. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    /me tries not to say hes done it, can't keep a straight face while trying
     
  9. kombi59

    kombi59 1/2 ton status

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    Not really a break down but similar. turning a corner on ice in a vw bus once and slid right on to the median. and had a wheels on both sides of it high centered on snow. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif sat there for half an hour before someone helped.
     
  10. Confedneck

    Confedneck 3/4 ton status

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    does blowing your govlock to pieces while on your way to finish up your friends 3/4 ton swap count? no? how about if hes in the truck with you? how about if you only have another mile to go, down a straight road, to get where you're going and have to wait 4 hours for a tow truck to tow you for free.. and then once you finally get your truck together, you realize that you now need a driveshaft..
     
  11. landsmasher

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    Ha! I always break down in the middle of nowhere, miles from any kind of a town, in the rain, on a road that no one ever uses, and it usually takes me a few days to get a ride to a town to get the part I need to get fixed and working well enough to get going again. And then as soon as I get going I usually get to a set of tracks that has the longest slowest train in the history of railroads going by. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
  12. Strahan

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Come on you've never had to tweek the carb, tap the starter selenoid, fix the thrown belt, blown gasket, overheating, loose battery cable, or a bad fuel pump on the side of the road with a date? /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    Well, last week I was going to Baltimore from PA and had a belt go loose on me. Had to stop at a Wal-mart and buy a ratchet and sockets to fix it, left my toolbox at home hehe. Had the girl hold the flashlight for me /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  13. wasted wages

    wasted wages 3/4 ton status

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    When I was a teen living in Florida you had to go to state run inspection stations for safety inspections. Now picture this,,,, I drive into the building (with about 50 or so cars waiting in line behind me in my 396 4 speed 65 chevy impala),the front wheels drop into the brake dyno rollers and the jolt causes some rigged stero wiring under the dash to short out. wires start melting (fuses? HA!!)starter engages
    (engine running) battery cables start frying,fire extinguishers are starting to be sprayed under the car and hood,,,needless to say I did not pass inspection,,pretty funny though!!!!!
     
  14. Seventy4Blazer

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    lost my tranny at 6am in the mc d's drive in at camp pendleton. pushed it out of the way, also getting my food on the way out.
    truck has not run since... 3 years ago late next month.
    Grant
     
  15. supersize75k5

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    the gov lock in the 14 bolt finally gave up after my abuse, 38's and a big block...

    I swapped in the front drive shaft and pulled the rear off, then on my way to go get family pics that morning I blew the front drive shaft strap bolts. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif


    every time I stoped completly it took some luck for the thing to catch and let me move forward, 30 minutes late I showed up...

    family was pissed and my back side my was brown while wearing a white shirt /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif

    pics turned out great though and makes a fun story when paople see them /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
    so sitting in the middle of the road I had to push my truck to the side where I put the rear shaft back on then had to kepp my foot on the gas and fly into some yellow lights.
     
  16. Seventy4Blazer

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    Come on you've never had to tweek the carb, tap the starter selenoid, fix the thrown belt, blown gasket, overheating, loose battery cable, or a bad fuel pump on the side of the road with a date? /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    hmm, this reminds me of another time....
    this was going down I-5 at around 10pm on a thursday night of a long weekend... full blazer. my GF in the front, another girl and 2 guys in the back.
    hit some water, hydroplaned a bit(full time still) and then when the truck came straight on solid ground the guy with his feet on the console hit the 203 shifter. this messed up the linkage REAL bad. no gears no matter where i put the shifter.
    pulled over, messed with it a bit, got gears, went to a chevron....
    you would think chevron would have trash bags with zip ties, or something with wire in it, or string... ANYTHING. but they had a lot of NOTHING usefull.

    so, needless to say, the girl in the back was on the rag and had tampons. so i took two tampon strings tied them together, tied the linkage up off the driveshaft.
    and drove to the bar. told the story, got in for free.
    Grant
     
  17. mountainexplorer

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    Last month, a flat tire on the flatbed truck (ran over a bolt). Luckily only 16 blocks from my house, but with no tools, no cell phone, no jack. Drove with it flat to the Schucks parking lot and left it there to walk home.

    Towing a parts truck with a tow bar when I was 16. When turning a corner, this truck would steer the opposite direction. Upon pulling onto the highway, it did this. I had to get out (blocking both lanes) crank the tires on the parts truck, then finish the turn. Luckily no one ran into me. Had to go under 35 the rest of the way to my destination (50 miles) since it would fishtail so bad it nearly ran me off the road at 40 mph.

    Driving home another parts truck I bought... I knew it was running horrible. Stalled at a red light, got it started barely in time to get through before getting hit. It accelereted from 0-10 mph in about 30 seconds.

    Luckily, nearly all the times I have ran out of gas, it has been right in front of my driveway, either just getting home or getting ready to leave.

    4-wheeling on our hill in the snow. I tell everyone to head back down to go somewhere else. Everyone takes off. My Suburban will not start (dead battery and dragging starter). Spend 15 minutes on the hill alone in a bad mood.

    AND THE ONE THAT WAS MOST ANNOYING:

    The Cheerleaders and the Electrical Short

    Me and a few cheerleaders in my Suburban, coming home from a basketball game (I was the videotaper guy). We are 2 hours north of home. Fusible link wire breaks off by the starter... making everything "supercharged" (everything got really bright- all the electrical things got a big boost of juice). Shut it off and it wouldn't start again. Got the wire hooked back up (and came loose again) several times. Wouldn't restart unless the wire was connected. (didnt have spare wire or tools or any tape to fix it right). On top of that, I needed a jump start to get restarted. Wire came loose again on the road, and I demonstrated to the girls what was happening to the electrical system: Stupidly by rolling down the power window on my side (it was like a supercharged power window). Rolling it back up with the extra juice fused the switch on, which sparked and kept shorting after the window reached closing. I had to hit the panel to try and get it unfused, but it melted the whole switch inside, leaving us with a burned electrical smell engulfing the interior of the Suburban. Stopped for the 4th time at a small casino 65 miles from home. Fixed it again, then it almost seemed like a knocking noise was coming from the motor, and thought I smelled antifreeze and saw steam from the exhaust. I didnt want the girls to be riding with me if something were to start an electrical fire, so we called one of their parents who came up. The girls rode with him, following me. Of course, NOW, the Suburban went all the way back to our school parking lot with no problems. Finally returned to the School about two hours after everyone else and the bus, and I finally got home at like 1 am, after one more stop to fix it again. I was mad at the Suburban for a couple weeks after.
     

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