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Old 07-21-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Talking im sure there are some memories with this...

Well, I did it. I dropped my first cuss word at my jeep, bled because of what I was doing, and had the sweat make the wheel almost to slick to handle. Ive seen the stickers that say, "H2 recovery team" or "land rover recovery team" Well, I deserve one that says "John Deere Recovery team". Managed to tow the damn thing out of a creek in the process cutting the hell out of my finger (no gloves being worn, my own fault and a valuable lesson learned), and found out that the 4 Low works on it. I probably shouldve gotten stitches but I managed to stop the bleeding...by the way armor all cleaning wipes are AWESOME. I was just wondering...any good stories out there that involve minor injuries from stupidity having to do with your Jeep? You know, the stories you look back on and laugh at now? I know we have all been there and this could be fun...

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I'm going to do one...

But I don't type that well (for that long) so I'll make an MP3 of the story and post it as a podcast.

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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No injuries but personally amuzing...

Well it starts out with one ill stated saying... "it looks like I can cross it". That's how it all started. I was with some buddies of mine in Galax, VA at a plot of land that my grandparents own. We were cutting trails to access an old cabin that my great-grandmother grew up in. While cutting the trail we came to what appeared to be a rather easy stream crossing. After evaluating the terrain we found that we could enter into the stream bed, drive for about 10 feet then exit at a low point in the bank. Oh how wrong we were. I got up to the edge of the stream bank and... well... aparently there had been a flood and the "ground" that I thought was stable turned out to be a pile of who knows what. The stream was only about 6 inches deep but that quickly changed when the Jeep blocked the path of the water. Did you know that streams can go from 6 inches to over 2 feet in no time? Well 2 highlift jacks and 2 Jeeps later it was still about as stuck as one can be. We spent 2 days trying to get my Jeep out of the creek bed (didn't have a winch at the time). Finally another buddy of mine drove the 6 hour round trip and winched me out. About the worst part of this little adventure was the fact that the weather was calling for 50 and sunny. Did I say I hate weathermen? It turned out to be 50 in the day but dropped to 17 at night and snowed 5 or 6 inches. Oh yeah and we were camping. Now if you remember from my story we were in the stream bed with highlift jacks... by the way snow+50 degrees= cold a$$ runoff from the mountain! From those 2 days I never thought I would be able to feel my legs again and I don't care how waterproof any clothing says it is the water still gets in somewhere! But on a positive note when I did finally get home I got a winch and bumpers!
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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Short version, busted my pinky finger open like a grape, trying to help a friend out. Smashed it between a couple good boulders, moving them from under his jeep. Learned my lesson. Some one elses heep is not worth paying over $800.00 for repairs on your finger. Hell, his chrome nurf bars didn't cost that much.
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I cuss mine on a regular basis. It likes it and doesn't perform well if it doesn't get yelled at.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:20 PM   #6
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need a story of personal injury, Jack..........
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First day starting my LT1 after exhaust. I was so used to no tail pipe being there. And somehow the tip didn't get de-burred. Hot, sharp, and forearm go hand in hand for a plethora of insults and 4 letter words. That was a year ago. Still have the scar.
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need a story of personal injury, Jack..........
Sorry Blu. I think the best one I have is the first time I used the Torch. I had to cut off and clean up a bunch of stock brackets on Joe's JK. Was wearing a sleeveless shirt and by the time I got done I had over a hundred burn marks on me from that shit. I was silently cussing every second with that after Joe told me I should've worn sleeves.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:24 PM   #9
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Back in my noob days I was wheeling my Grand Cherokee with another buddy in a YJ. There was a spot in the trail that looked deceptively dry but I sunk it up to the top of my 33's in front before I stopped. At the time I didnt have rear recovery points yet so I got under the back to wrap a strap around my axle. Wasnt paying attention and as I crawled back out I layed my arm against my burning hot tail pipe for a good 30 seconds. Left a nice scar and provoked several minutes of sailor speak. At least I got my Jeep unstuck with one quick yank.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #10
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keep em comin guys, i love it!
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:34 AM   #11
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Back when I had a '79 CJ-5, I was putting in a set of add-a-leaf springs. Stupid me put the jack under the axle to lift it up...former CJ owners know the springs go under the axle. When I got the last u bolt loose, the spring, with the front weight of the Jeep, came down and crushed my fingers under my impact wrench. Tore off three finger nails and I had to have my pinky finger tip sewn back on. Worse pain of my life and a great learning experience.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:46 AM   #12
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^^ Doh! That one felt good...
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:23 AM   #13
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Not me but still must have hurt...

We were helping a buddy of mine put a lift on his Grand Cherokee. Another buddy of mine made an ill-advised move and crawled up under the rear bumper to get some bolts loose that we had forgotten. We were going to let it down but by the time we realized what he was doing we heard a loud scrape then a sound that I can only match to exhaling after getting kicked between the legs. Thank god we had a good floor jack to get the back bumper off his chest in time before he passed out. Turned out no broken ribs though! Just some bruises on his chest and ego!
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Holy crap at some of these stories. Here is my weak addition.

Was helping a friend out who blew a tire on a trail ride. We were using the hi-lift jack to get his jeep up in the air. I was manning the hi-lift and was pulling the handle down when it slipped out of my hand and slammed back up.

Now that is no big deal, but my other hand was holding the hi-lift up and the handle snapped up and shattered my thumb into 3 pieces. That was stupid and hurt.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:44 AM   #15
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Yea, I have done the same thing Taz. Didnt shatter my finger but sure did hurt like hell. Another time I was building a rear bumper for the same grand cherokee that burnt my arm (shortly after that stuck I built this bumper for rear tow points). I had a long piece of steel that needed to be cut down and it was pretty thick. So instead of burning up a sawzall blade I pulled out the torch and started cutting. Not paying attention, I hadnt realized my foot was under my direct path of fire. I only had sneakers on so when I hit the oxygen and started burning through a large piece of molten steel landed on the toe of my shoe. Before I realized what happened the metal burned through my shoe and landed in between my first two toes. I started hoppin around like a damn jack rabbit trying to flick my shoe off. By the time I got it off I had gotten a nice 3rd degree burn on the inside of my toes. Needless to say, Im careful where I cut now.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:44 AM   #16
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My brother and I were cutting a new trail one Easter morning. I was driving my old '65 CJ6 through some brush when we came up on an old rotten tree. The tree was approx 10" in diameter, 30 foot tall, and was completely rotten through. Rather than use the chain saw I had in the trunk, I had the brilliant idea to try to push it over with my railroad tie front bumper.

As I was bumping the base of the tree the whole thing began to sway back and forth. All of a sudden there was a large snapping noise and about a 15 foot section came smashing down on top of our heads. Thank God for the roll bar and window frame. However, I got bashed in the back of the head with a rotten limb and had a nasty concusion for the next couple of days.

To add insult to injury, I was so pissed off, I just hammered the gas and pushed over the rest of the tree which in turn busted the tie rod bar as I went over it. Had to hike out of the woods on foot, drive 75 miles for parts and hike back in (with a tool box) and replace the bar in the mud.....

Jeep + beer + making trails on Easter morning = headache

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