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Old 03-14-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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The road dipped down unexpectedly... :crazysmile: more more more!
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I did that once in my first car when I was 18. I didnt realize that the rail road crossing was raised and I launched my 75 Mustang V8 like it was the General Lee. I thought it was cool so I turned around and did it again... In reality I probably only go a foot or two of air but it was enough to push the four screws holding on the lower valence panel right through the bottom of the radiator. It cost a few hundred dollards to fix the damage. I learned that lesson quick
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I had a 94 cutlass and there is this hill that idk why but it '* steep and sharp. with plenty of road before and after it. The sign say * do 20 mph over it, So my g/f and I decided to do 45 over it. Must was been a 5 foot drop and a in the air for 50 feet. Slammed the ground my head lights feel out (was repaired the head panel broke on the clue lines releasing the lights) there was a closed glass bottle of rootbeer and it exploded and got every where. was pretty in tense and fun.
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LOL, Sounds like alot of us have a General Lee story. For me it was a 72 Pinto Runabout. Fat oversized tires on slotted aluminum mags. Had a few to many beers and was paying more attention to my friends then what was ahead of me. Which happened to be a raised railroad track intersection I was very familiar with. Just didnt place were I was at the moment. Hit it a little over 50 and sailed pretty good. Came down and the front end demo'ed and the oil pan was crushed into the crank. I was only a few blocks from home and got it there with the engine banging away and the drivers tire ripped to shreds. I went to bed after the wife took the friends home thinking it wouldnt be that hard to fix. Well, things were bent in all the wrong places and the engine would barely crank. It was sad watching the 5 year old car towed away for a pittance of what we paid for it. BTW, it was her car. Nights got real lonely for awhile..........
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Guess I could share my story. Many years ago when I was young and stupid. I was on my way to work in my Fiero and a coworker made the last turn just before me in his conquest. He floored it, so did I. He cleared the bridge over the highway just before me and I lost him over the hill. Then I came over and saw him going sideways. That'* about the time I realized I was doing the same thing. Neither of us were on the road. We floated for about a full city blocks worth of distance before we contacted the road and straightened out. I'm not even going to say how fast we were going. But when we got to work we were both white and swore to never do that again.
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OK so its no General Lee story but the way you described sliding sideways reminded me of the time my friend Tony and myself were out driving in the snow. Back then we all had CB radios must have been 1986.. It was snowing lightly and there was about an inch or two on the road. I was in my 75 Grand Am with a 400 and snow tires (thanks Dad) and Tony was in his 68 Camaro with Pro-Trac tires(remember those? LOL) I stopped at a redlight on a small hwy overpass. All of a Sudden I hear MOOOOVE!! come across the CB. I looked to my right and nobody was coming so I looked in my mirror and there was Tony.. coming at me totally sideways with no chance of stopping. I floored it which was just about as good as sitting there because the tires just spun wildly in the snow. All of a sudden the snow tires dug down to the pavement and I moved away slowly with the tires still spinning. It was fast enough to get me out of the way of the Camaro who slid right into the middle of the intersection. WE really had no concept of the laws of Physics back then I guess LOL. He must have missed me by 10 feet because he just had to do that "power slide" as he came arount the corner goofing around..
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Go big, or go home!

I caught air in front of a park in Lynnwood, Washington back in 1975. I was in my parents 1972 Lincoln Continental with my buddy. There was a road that went by the park and then ran over a small bridge over a creek that ran under 196th St SW, and then through the park. The transition from the road to the bridge was not bad, at normal speeds of 20mph as posted for the road; but I found out how wicked that little bump was at 60+mph. The bridge was probably not more than 50' in length...we cleared it from end to end. We were both totally suprised, and were lucky to not have broke our necks from hitting our heads on the roof of the car during the landing. I had to chase down all four hub caps, that went in four different directions; get them back on the wheels and then drove home - looking at the gauges all the way and worried about that little red one that would light up and seal mt doom. I was certain I caved something underneath the car and then my Dad was going cave something on me when he found out the next morning. But, the Lincoln was bullet proff. My buddy and I named it the "Air Apparant" and I drove that car for many years afterward. Did we go back and replicate that fllight? Hell yes!
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Lol... my first big "getting into cars" point of my life was when i was 16... 8 yrs ago... was working for Mikes Service Center... hes been the towns biggest mechanic since before i was born, known for being the best at fixing broken cars, and for being the best at being an A-hole... but all that aside... I was working for him along with his son who HAD a late 80'* model chevy blazer 2dr 4x4... sitting on 36 TSL'*, 4in suspension lift, 2in body lift, red bedliner paint job so it wouldnt scratch when he went off-roading, and a tubular exo-skeleton just incase it rolled over...

well the road you take to get to Mikes shop... has a R&R crossing, the crossing has about a 45* incline, to get up 5ft to meet the tracks, and then drops back off to level the road... did this so they wouldnt have to lower the tracks any... smart huh?... well its taken many cars lives as you can imagine and he comes in one day, with a set of blown shocks on 1 side... said dad i think i screwed up hittin the tracks at 60... but you shoulda seen the air... btw the left rear tire is about 15psi low... she shifted sideways as i left the ground and im lucky i didnt roll her when we landed hehe... he went about 50ft before he landed and there were black marks to prove it... looked like something off the set of the Dukes of Hazzard
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