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Shade Tree Epicness: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Posted September 01, 2021 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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Here at Hemmings Muscle Machines Weekly, it's no secret that we take pride in our work. And we'll take that a step further, and say that we don't mess around when it comes to safety in the shop and doing things right the first time. Now, that's not to say we don't do some things that we may or may not regret later, but we don't make a habit of that. Mostly.

One thing we do like to take part in is the dissection of vintage photographs like this one. Is this scene something we'd feel comfortable taking some responsibility for? Would we ever find ourselves handing this guy tools and maybe a beer at the end of the day? Would we get under that thing if a bolt dropped on the ground? These are the questions of the ages, kid. And the answers aren't just as cut-and-dry or as obvious as one might think. What kind of advice would you give this guy? And have you ever owned a lift like that? Looks like it's a legit, manufactured apparatus, but....

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09/02/2021 1:23 AM

. . . is there any mechanical locking mechanism on this one?

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09/02/2021 4:13 AM

Its inventive, it works, it achieve the job. What more do you want? Don't knock it.

NB. looking at he kid on the right, it may be operated from an air compressors. looking at the kid with her/his hands over her/his ears.

Or is this a kid showing an 'OH my God' moment.

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09/02/2021 5:11 AM

I wouldn't mind having one of those...just need some jack stands under the axle...

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09/02/2021 9:04 PM

This thing looks pretty good, run by a drill motor...cheap too...the car will tilt back or forth raising either end up pretty high, which is what I'm looking for...and light weight at 99 lbs...$1500.

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09/03/2021 4:39 AM

That's cheap for a human. Are you sure she at 99lbs, can lift the weight of a car? I admit she looks in good shape.

The frame holding the car up does that come with her or is that an extra?

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09/02/2021 9:41 AM

Or if that's not exciting enough for you, you can test fly one of these things...

Video: Russian hoverbike loses control at 100 ft and crashes in Dubai (newatlas.com)

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09/02/2021 10:10 AM

Ah, the thrill of risk taking and achieving the goal. If it does not happen the only words left are, 'Oh dear! She is broken!'

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09/02/2021 10:53 AM

I was thinking along the lines of "Hold my beer and watch this!"

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09/02/2021 11:37 AM

Try some British risk taking. They have it all planned out as seen in the interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nohGiQmOxlc

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09/07/2021 2:59 AM

Brilliant ... been their, done that, fortunately never with the Poms or the Yanks ... our lot were bad enough.

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