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Thread: An evening to forget!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Westphalia, Michigan

    An evening to forget!!

    I don't usually air my dirty laundry in public but I found this stupidity of mine just a little humorous.

    An RC cola saved my truck tonight.

    I took off this evening with my 3 yr. old daughter to go get a soil sample for some friends. A few miles down the road in my S-10 pickup the check engine soon light came on. This has been a real reliable 2001 commuter truck with 175,000 miles, and this is the first time the light has come on.

    I was a little alarmed even though I know that often it's just an O-2 sensor. So I pulled over into a small park and checked the fluids. The oil was down a half quart so I figured to top it off and carry on until I could pull the codes.

    BAD IDEA. The engine was hot and I spilled oil on the exhaust manifold. Instant fireball. I first tried blowing on it. (I know, silly) Then I ran around and yanked the girl out of the truck and pulled the cell out to call for the fire department. Then I remembered the RC cola on the seat and yanked it out and doused the fire. It looks worse than it is. The hood insulation was a bit burned and a few hoses are scorched. The wiring harness cover was burnt off but the wires seem ok. The only real damage is to my pride and to one spark wire.

    It could have been a lot worse.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ
    Wow - should'a had a V-8 !

    Good thing it wasn't worse - quick thinking with the soda!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    And the kid
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    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Gee Paul I hope you had a moon pie to go with the RC..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That's good quick thinking Paul, child first, then the truck.

    My daughters car burnt up this past winter. Someone topped the oil off for her, about a gallon too much. Oil squirted out the dipstick right onto the catalytic converter.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Quick thinking and a good save.

    I once pulled over to help a guy who'd gotten a stuck accelerator, and by the time he realized he could just turn off the car, both of his front wheels were on fire from brake heat. We had no liquid, but I did have an empty Big Gulp cup in my Jeep. We used that to throw sand on the wheels and put the fire out. I bought a fire extinguisher on my way home that afternoon.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Way to go Paul!! Quick reactions, good survival thoughts on saving the next generation of Downe's! (ya didn't sit her in the middle of the road now didja?)
    Years ago our farm truck was giving us fits, it caught on fire while cutting wood in a pine woods, dad popped the hood, flames everywhere, he starts throwing handfulls of pine needles on the engine saying something like, "burn baby, burn!" Yep, another guy cutting saw the fire, grabs his two extinguishers and puts it out! Dad is like, dang gone, now I got to put new wires on it and get it running! yep, true story!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


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