Kip Sack's What can Happen!
I have been member of your site for a while and I usually check for updates daily. Well to get
to the point, I wanted to tell you (and maybe other members) what happens when you don't check the
little things out
because your in a hurry to hear that hibernated 390 flex its muscles and roar back to life!!
It was the first nice day of spring (and when you live in Erie, Pa., you might not get another
for a month), so I grabbed my GTA's keys and proceeded to do the normal pre-flight checkout like
checking fluid levels, checking tire pressures even checking out the belts and water hoses.To my
regret, I didn't check a few more important hoses as you will soon see!!
Anyway, I fired the ol' beast up and of to the gas station I went. I topped the tank off, paid the
and by that time my Baby was warmed up and ready to drive. I drove across town and visited Mom and
(and not just to use they're hose to wash my car either) for a while then decided it was time to head
back home. The thru-way is just up the road from my parents so I thought I might just go blow some of
the winter out of it on the way back home!
Stupid thing no. 2
I backed out of my parents driveway and pulled up to the corner stop sign. I immediately
gasoline. Well me being the intellectual type, thought this through as the smell emanating from my car
must be coming from the fuel tank vent, remembering I had just filled my tank. Perfect
Well up the road I went admiring the sights and watching some people turn they're head to
get another look at my car. Driving about 2 miles from my parents house I started up an incline in the
road. I started to smell this faint smell of burning garbage or rubber, and although it was a nice day out
it was chilly
and when I rolled my window down, out from under the dash it came. I knew now the stupid mistakes I
earlier had come back and were hurting the thing that kept me alive all winter, my car!! SMOKE was
coming into the interior at a faster rate so I was just at the very top of the incline in the road so I gave it
a little gas to get over the hump so I could cut the engine and find a place to pull over on this narrow
part of highway.
Stupid thing no. 3
Guess what...no throttle....So I just turned the key to off (I thought). I'm over the crest of the hill
coasting down but I still can't pull off the road. Finally, a small spot just past the overpass I'm now
Couldn't quite make it, but it would have to do cause the center of my Red GT Hood was turning a
I slam it in park and run to the hood, and go to open it and burned my hand. So I took my
jacket off and used it like a glove to get the hood up and whoosh!! The flames were roaring as high as
the opened hood.
I couldn't believe there was anything left in the engine compartment that could keep the flames so
In the meantime, a passerby ran up and gave me an extinguisher...Damn...Empty. A guy from
the bodyshop across the street runs over with a gallon jug of water and throws it on the fire...to no avail!!
COMES TO ME...FUEL PUMPS!!! I run back to the ignition, The STUPID S.O.B. (Me) turned it to
not off. Well a few minutes later (and another M/T extinguisher and gallon of water) the fire dept. came
and the fire was put out quickly. Just to be factual about this story, the firemen just started pulling away
and the darn thing started on fire again!! This I noticed was from a shorted harness, which I quickly
knocked the terminal from the battery. They squirted it again and left!! I told ya before that the road was
narrow!!! Well I had traffic blocked for 22 blocks to the north and 7 to the south!!
Well I bared my intellectually stupid soul in the hopes that one person might save His (Her)
from this neglectful and wrongful treatment.
My Mistake 1: Not checking all the Hoses.. Fuel hoses especially
My Mistake 2: Any time you smell raw gas, take the time for a quick looksee!!
My Mistake 3: It was there when I got the car BUT I should have changed the wiring for the electric fuel
to turn OFF with the ignition OFF!!
Good Idea: Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your car, Maybe 10 or 20 (Joke)
Yes, I am redoing it, Thank Heavens for "American Collectors
They paid me with no problems or holdups!!!
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