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When I was a 14 or 15 I was charged with cleaning out the attic. I figured all the garbage would make good target practice before hauling it to the dump. Tried to shoot an old TV with a .22 and the bullet just ricocheted off the glass and broke the window on the back of the garage.

I quickly put the gun away and got on the lawnmower and started cutting the grass.

"Dad, the lawnmower spit a rock and broke the garage window!"

I'm about 99% sure he knew I was lying but was so impressed I cut the grass he couldn't call me on it. :icon_rofl:
 


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In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.

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Here's another one... Years and years ago I had an explorer. Well the battery died and I was charging it using an old school box charger on wheels like everyone's grandpa had back in the day. I had it charging for a few hours and went out to check it. As I'm looking at it I figured might as well wiggle the cables and make sure they are getting a good bite on the battery terminals. As soon as I wiggled the cables I must have made a spark because it blew up in my face. Scared the shit out of me. Sounded like a 12g shotgun going off by my face. My ears were ringing for a few minutes, I thought I ef'd up my hearing. Battery blew the side apart and some plastic went flying. Luckily the only thing that happened to me was the loud bang in my ears and a life lesson. Apparently batteries can leak hydrogen gases which can be ignited by the spark of a battery cable..... Lesson learned the hard way on that one.
 

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I've shot a few computers, but its always been on purpose .
 

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Most recent.

I changed the air cleaner on my engine which meant I had to get away from the 1/2 carb spacer for clearance. Fought TERRIBLE heat soak with just a gasket between the carb and intake. So I got a .25"+/- thick spacer and it worked pretty good for a couple days before we left for Ohio. Then I had the hair brained idea to bump up the idle so it would be harder to stall on the trail.

Fought terrible heat soak for the whole trip. It was warmer out there at times than I had been able to test it here and I was running the truck longer than normal so it was easy to pass blame off to that. Cold start was ok, not as good as normal. Immediate hot start was fine. Let it sit for 15min to a couple hours and it had to roll over a lot to say anything.

I got home turned the idle down and it starts almost like it is EFI hot or cold now.

Apparently the faster idling engine pulled more fuel into the cylinders/intake after the ignition shut off and with a little time that would cook off to a gas state and I had to cycle all that out plus whatever new fuel was being pulled thru the carb to get enough air in to light anything off.
 

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Here's another one. This place I'm renting was built in 1971 and nothing has ever been repaired in it. If it works it's because I got it back in working condition again. Anyway, the rollers/wheels/whatever you call them on the bottom of the sliding patio door were worn out and didn't spin on the metal track at the bottom of the door. So, the landlord looks at it, goes to the hardware store, comes back and tells me the wheels for the door are no longer made. I get online and find a place that sells replacement parts for sliding doors, windows, screens and all that kind of stuff and think to myself that they have the part. It's just a matter of figuring out which one it is. So, I take the sliding door out of the track to look at the wheels. I need about six dimension to figure out which one will work. I had to take the wheels out of the frame so I could measure it. I look at the bottom of the door to figure out who the frame comes apart, which was two screws holding a piece of what looked like aluminium at the bottom and the bottom. I had the door laying on two saw horses. After removing the screws and sliding the bottom piece off I noticed it was much heavier than aluminium should be. As I'm looking at the wheels to figure out how they come out of the bottom piece I notice the two vertical portions of the frame open up and slide away from the glass from my peripheral vision. This, in addition to removing the heavier bottom piece cause an uneven distribution of weight. As the bottom of the glass slowly starts to rise up I reach over to stop it, except the saw horse opposite my end of the glass starts to tilt because it was made of lightweight plastic. At this point I just figured to quit while I'm ahead because I wanted to avoid getting injured from the glass if it were to suddenly move my way. The saw horse tipped over and the glass slid back and the top part of the frame put a nasty gash in the drywall. It wasn't over yet. The glass then slid in a sideways circular motion toward the same wall, but this time without any part of the frame to protect it. Another gash at impact, but the glass didn't break. One side of the glass was leaning on the saw horse which started to slide on the carpet, which meant it was going to slide out from under the glass. The glass then lands flat on the carpet, but didn't break because the air between the glass and carpet cushioned the fall. All this and no broken glass. I found the correct parts, got it all back together and had the landlord reimburse me.

I guess the lesson learned from this is to avoid cheap plastic sawhorses.
 

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54 Chevy 2 door coupe when I was about 18. Paid $50 but it started and ran good.
Out screwing around with a friend and my semi auto .22 rifle one day. I decided to shoot up the car from rear to front in order to make it look like machine gun Kelly had ventilated it.
I forgot that the front window was rolled down! Car got lots of attention!
Got my $50 back when I traded it in on a 63 Impala SS with a 327, Hurst 4 speed and dump tubes.
 

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Before or after you bought the Ford?
After. As in, as a result of buying a Ford, my father assumes I'm gay. Because I drive a Ford.






Good catch.
 

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Back in the day when CB radios were the thing, the wife (the first wife) wanted one mounted just under the dash in her '68 VW super beetle. I knew the gas tank was located just in front of the dash but figured I'd feel a gap when my drill penetrated the dash. WRONG!

The drill bit went through the dash and immediately through the gas tank. Of all things, she had actually filled the gas tank - probably a first!

I put a bucket under the dash and, knowing nothing, had that gas tank out in less than 5 minutes. 'Course it's a wonder that the car, car port, and me didn't go sky high in a burning flash.
 

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This was from the other day. I posted on another thread but geez this pisses me off so bad! Got wheels balanced at work and to my discovery they didn't remove the old weights and added the same size weight almost 180 from the old one. I says "what's going on here" as I pointed to one of the new weights, the tech says "yeah, I put that there" and I says "no not that" as I point to the old weight. He then says "oh, I didn't see that" in a casual voice like it didn't matter. I told my boss and showed him the picture so he can see what his techs are doing and told him "don't make me have to school your techs on the balancer".... I don't think they knew I used to mount/balance wheels for a living for 2 years so I'm really familiar with balancing wheels.
 

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After. As in, as a result of buying a Ford, my father assumes I'm gay. Because I drive a Ford.






Good catch.
you went from tray-anzz to ghey? why......we really can do anything these days....

i cant believe he liked ya better tray-anz.


ford owners.....we just aint right.
 


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