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From the Don't Do This Files: Don't Do This

Posted November 09, 2020 8:10 AM by dstrohl
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Fresh off a year that gave us a Herculean recall of certain jack stands that, seemingly, were at least a half-dozen count in practically every single gearhead's garage across the country, we bring you another epic example of improvised automotive elevation. Which is just fancy-talk for a coupla cinder blocks, a soft yard, a hydraulic floor jack, a few sections of wood 2 x 4, a gingerly-applied parking brake and a set of hand wrenches. What could possibly go wrong?

Beyond the righteous second-gen Camaro and – what are those... Torque Thrusts? – we wonder what, exactly, broseph was doing when he was apparently interrupted. Could it have been an urgent phone call from the VFW? Maybe a smoke break? Maybe a young child with mom's camera got loose from the house and ran out into the backyard to document the fun? Or, is it possible that somebody... just someone with a natural sense of curiosity and a penchant for self-preservation might have looked out the kitchen screen door, noticed the precarious setup erected on the grass, grabbed a camera and a beer, slowly and cautiously walked out to the scene, and in low and steady voice, asked this guy just what in the name of all that's Good and Holy could he have been thinking and for, exactly, how long he was thinking it?

So, who is this guy? And who snapped the photo? Does he still walk among us? Did either and/or both live to explain what led up to and happened after this pic was taken? Boy... we've got questions....

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Re: From the Don't Do This Files: Don't Do This

11/09/2020 10:27 AM

Ah, great, "Caption This" is back!

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11/09/2020 8:28 PM

Clutch again?

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11/09/2020 10:43 PM

Cementing in his future!

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11/09/2020 10:47 PM

Reminds me of a New Zealander who achieved a Darwin Award by using a car battery as a stand, unsurprisingly the battery failed and the poor soul failed to survive. A previous lesson of failure resulting in a broken leg was not enough of a deterrent in his case.

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11/10/2020 2:38 AM

Reminds me of the fellow at the local refuse tip where vehicles are deposited who wanted a 4x4 diff and jacked the vehicle up on car tyres. Tyres are not rated for stability and it took the dump excavator to lift the vehicle off of his deceased body.

Ruined it for all of us scavengers who used to get what we wanted in the way of parts. No longer can you pull off what you want instead it goes to China to come back as a Great Wall.

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11/10/2020 12:31 PM

I once changed out a starter on a '70 Olds Cutlass using blocks as jack stands - under the frame rail though, not the tires, and with scrap lumber on top to help spread the load and protect the paint.

At the time I was lucky to be able to scrape together the price of a rebuilt starter.

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11/10/2020 1:16 PM

In this area, years ago, the box on a dump truck remained stuck in the up position after the crushed stone had been unloaded. The dump truck driver knew the cause, and with his tools climbed in under the raised box and did what had to be done to release the hydraulic cylinder. This he did successfully, and the box immediately came down and crushed him.

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11/10/2020 3:05 PM

I cant be the only one who has ever used a bumper jack to get unstuck. Jack it all the way up and push it over? Great Times.

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