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How about some good mechanical blunders ........... come on we all have a story or two to tell My best was when I was stripping a che*y truck and was working on removing front discs and my brother was under the truck stripping something he wanted well I couldn't get the ball joints to pop so I used the fire wrench had that sucker really smokin and then let go with a three pound sledge on the fork my brother screamed and added new meaning to the word vocabulary when he came out from under that truck I said whats the matter with you???? when he turned so I could see him he was sprayed with grease from the ball joint seal he wiped it off and it looked like he had the measles he was spotted from the hot grease!!!!! LOL to this day he wont come near me when I have a torch in my hand!!! John

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The only one I can think of offhand is from last year when I first got the convertible on the road:

I went out for a test drive and everything felt great! It was a nice day and I had the top down & brought my wife with me. On the way back I felt this strange vibration that felt as though it was getting worse. So I thought in my head "I'll have to check that when I get home". Well, I pull in the driveway and park, get out to check the mail. Walking back up the driveway I'm thinking "that left rear tire looks awfully crooked".

!Doh! I forgot to tighten up the rear lugnuts before going on my test drive!

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my worst mechanical blunder is when i was putting a rear end under a 76 f-100, i crushed my hand with the impact wrench between the tire and the leaf springs... boy did that feel real good on the old knuckles

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Rushing to get some rear brake work done I neglected to tighten the lug nuts. The wheel came off at about 50 mph in heavy rush hour traffic. I never did find the tire (someone hit it in the next lane, it went over my car and off into oblivion) thank god no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. Do you know how hard it is to steer a 71 grande with 2 front and one back bias ply tire? I bolted on the spare (after getting a ride from a friend to a store to buy more lug nuts) and drove away.

Worst than that - a few years later - after putting a new engine in a vw bug (which had been off the road for a long time) I did it again!!! It came off at 25 mph. It steered pretty well actually.

Next to that - the worst was busting a stud off in a $450 aluminum head. It is still shelved... 'cause the easy-out busted off too! That is what I get for rushing a job at 3am when I was already too tired to be working on it.

Rushing just doesn't pay! Now I triple check EVERYTHIHNG, and I quit when sleepy.

How in the heck do you get a stud out of a head like that? I tried welding a nut to the stud (which of course broke off right under the surface), but I never could get the welds to hold.
 

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I've had a few, but my worst with with my brand new 289 that we put in my '66 coupe. After getting it all together running great, I drove it to the muffler shop to have the exhaust built. When I pick it up, the guy says, that thing sure has a loud knock in it. He was right ... it was a VERY loud knock.

Had to tear the engine all back apart before realizing that since I am running an electric fuel pump, I never saw the machine shop's big note on the camshaft timing gear: "Don't forget the timing gear bolt and fuel pump eccentric". DOH! the cam had started walking back and forth without the bolt in it and destroyed the brand spanking new cam and lifters.

I was just thankful that the gear didn't fall off and trash valves and pistons!!!

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My mechaniical blunders are too numerous to chronicle here but the other day while re-assembling my power steering vlce, I started her up and was about to go for a test drive when I suddenly had this nagging feeling that I should take a quick look at the valve for leaks before backing out. Wasn't leaking but of course the car was still jacked up and the left front wheel was off. That could have been an all time doofus.

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I have had many.
The best one happened with my bike. I had a Honda Interceptor and I religiously changed the oil every 1000 miles. That motor used a car type cannister oil filter.I spun on the new filter, put in the drain plug, dumped in several quarts of Mobil 1 and cranked it up to check for drips. After a minute it seemed cool so I grabbed my hat and went off to check it out.
After a block or two it seemed like I had scads of extra power. That baby was squirrly. A little crank of the wrist and the rear tire was spinning and sliding. Then the smell hit me, then I saw the smoke from the oil cooking off the header. I pushed it home and spun off the new filter to find two o rings there. I hadn't checked the sealing surface before screwing on the new filter.
Sadly less than a year later I spun a rod bearing cruising down I-75.

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I had just finished putting together my 70 Mustang Fastback. I redid everything from engine, paint, interior & suspension. After getting the engine started & new cam broken in, I decided to take it for a short drive. I was cruising when I gave it a bit of gas when I heard a clunk & heavy repetitive banging on the floorboards.
It seems I forgot to tighten the driveshaft at the rear end. It tore out my new dual exhaust & left some nice dents in the car as well as leaving some big scraping holes in the ashpalt.
 

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had my seats out and interior disassembled with steering wheel off. decided to warm up car and threw steering wheel on (left holddown nut off) put a Bud case in for seat and went downsreet. decided to accelerate for a little blow out and found myself with steering wheel in hands unconnected to column - only reason i did not applly for doofus award was i did not hit anything before stopping.
 
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Next time, I will CONFIRM that the torque converter is seater properly before tightening up my tranny bolts.


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