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Old 03-17-2010, 02:07 PM
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How to get hurt working on a diesel

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How to get hurt working on a diesel.

You do not need to admit you have done it yourself.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:13 PM
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Yes, it is agreed that only stories about what happened to ' others' will be posted.....
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:17 PM
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Not a diesel but I almost lost a finger tip once bolting the fw back onto a VW air cooled (250+ftlb torque) and had my hand on the fly wheel when it slipped and tore a chunk out of my finger.

I always have dents and dings after working on the car but knock on wood, so far nothing major. I did learn a long time ago to always be wary of where my hand is going to go when it does (not if) slip (like when a bolt head breaks off or socket comes off bolt head etc).

Also learned a long time ago to never put head directly under parts I am working on.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:36 PM
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Ah... I got one, Trying to get a bolt off without properly lubricating it with PB blaster or Wd-40... Leads to ones hand smashing into an engine block..
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:46 PM
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If your not bleeding, you aren't working... at leas thats what the SD tells me all the time.

my favorite scar caused by the car was when i was welding up the exhaust. i had the whole length of pipe out of the car, my friends mom called us to dinner, so i slung it under the car, the razor sharp edge of the pipe that i had just cut with a band saw sliced off the top of my pinky finger, not hurting the finger, just like it had been scalped, only the skin was missing. it healed up just fine after a month or so. you can only kinda see it, until i work on the car again. the grease and oil will get all over my hand, but will never stick to the scar tissue.

Its a bit of the Mercedes that will live with me always.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:48 PM
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In a hurry to get to school. Needed to weld an exhaust hanger in place on my VW GTi, and had no leather protection as a puddle of molten metal dropped into the crook of my arm. It left a pretty nasty burnt patch of flesh.

Torquing a transmission brace in the lower half of a yamaha 600cc engine case. The allen socket broke and fist (with torque wrench protected by my flesh) went right into a razor sharp machined edge of the alloy case. Exposed the bone, went to the ER for stitches.

The burn was far more painful. It hurt for days.

None of the above (or similar) ever happened a second time.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:44 PM
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Opening the hood and banging your head on the grille.

Not a good way to get a cracked head, especially if you have an SDL...

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Old 03-17-2010, 03:56 PM
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Let's see, when I was 13 or 14 I was pulling the pan on my 78 F100, the ratchet slipped and I punched the side of the pan. That was nothing compared to sitting up and hitting the crossmember.
I should have realized that was only the beginning of the pain...........
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:16 PM
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I was tightenoing up the 19mm bolts on the 126 lower support bar thing and slipped. My pinky smashed into the side of the bar which is actually razor sharp. Got down to the bone.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by winmutt View Post
Also learned a long time ago to never put head directly under parts I am working on.
Learned this one the hard way. I got a pretty nasty goose egg on my forehead after a 3/4" drive steel flex bar slipped and smacked me
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:18 PM
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Flywheel Carnage

When I was 17, i took the tired 351M out of my 79 F-250. The next morning after getting it out, i got impatient waiting on my friend to arrive so we could swap over the flywheel to the new motor. I was def young and stupid, so I figured I could hold the flywhhel up with one hand while I removed the last bolt. I had my hand directly at the bottom, and when the bolt came out, the flywheel droped staright down onto the shop floor smashing my pinky finger. It broken the bone right at my last joint and tore all the skin off the end of the finger. Pretty nasty to say the least. I was extra stupid in waiting to go to the ER antil after we got the motor hung in the truck. I simply wrapped it in a shop rag, and put duct tape over the rag to hold it in place. Dumb dumb dumb! The virtue of patience is learned slowly over time, and through painful experiences in my case.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:44 PM
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How to get hurt working on a diesel.
Every time I open my wallet to buy a part. It hurts!
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:59 PM
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:04 PM
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I get cuts and scrapes almost every time I work on my car, nothing too bad yet. Bang my head on the grill alot.

Got some minor sunburn welding all day in a t-shirt last week, not too bad, got a worse one on the beach a few days later. Busted my shin using an autozone ball joint press improperly, the suspension busing i was pressing slipped out... Worst thing thats ever happened to me was getting a transmission fluid shower changing the filter, it got in my eyes nose and mouth...
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:06 PM
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I know of a person who used to work in a body shop , he was assisting with the transfer of a truck cab from one frame to another. When the cab got stuck on the chain hoist one of the "seasoned" workers climbed up on top of the hanging cab with a 5lb maul and started beating on the chain link that was stuck.....
After this he placed the maul on top of the cab, when the cain broke free the cab stated to sway, and the maul slid off of the top of the cab.....landing directly on top of this guys head...
being young and dumb he didn't miss a beat and continued working, to the dismay of all present
Glad it wasn't me....
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