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Old 05-20-2018, 08:06 PM
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First, thanks to all for the well wishes. I'm getting around OK, just moving a little slower. I couldn't lay around any longer so I got back to work. I started on the right rear shock mount. I cut clearance in the floor to get access to the frame C notch. Same as the left side and installed the lower end of the shock on the suspension.
Next, I fabricated the upper shock mount plate and two gussets. I'll recheck clearance and position and tack them in tomorrow.

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Old 05-20-2018, 10:08 PM
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Dang Jack, that could have been REALLY bad. I'm thankful it wasn't worse.


I once had a 3 car wreck in my shop and nearly 4 cars. It involved a 57 Imperial with a pushbutton transmission and a remote starter switch. A friend was playing around with the pushbuttons without my knowledge and left it in gear. I hit the remote start switch to turn the motor to top dead center. As luck would have it, it started in drive and drove into the front of a 61 Imperial with me frantically trying to find the neutral button. (no park in 57, this was before PNRDL became standard in 65 and killed the pushbutton transmissions). I found reverse only realize that the car was now backing toward the shop door and my then brand new pickup and the wife's Envoy. I'm hanging in the widow when the car went through the shop door and scraped me off. It lightly sideswiped a 64 Imperial with me in hot pursuit.


As soon as it cleared the door, I was able to catch it, dive through the window, and stomp the emergency brake. On MOPARS of that era, the emergency brake was the real deal, a 6" drum brake attached to the end of the cast iron torqueflite. It stopped the car before I found the neutral.


I wasn't hurt other than some scrapes and bruises. Scared the hell out of me though.


Oh there was no damage to any of the cars. The Imperials of that era had REAL bumpers.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:48 PM
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I was really surprised to learn from the ER staff how common this type of accident is. Y'all be careful out there.
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