Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
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ok,, 1971 ford pinto wagon. bought it from the local electric company for 300.00. it was bright yellow but back then there was this gas shortage.
it got around 40 mpg. nice.
it was a bad time in life, got into the drug, party group, nothing bad, just against the law.
no drugs like now, just pot, beer, that is about it.
heading out to a party, had 3 buddies in the yellow submarine. Heck we had been out wheeling. the 4 of us could pick it up and almost carry it, or at least drag it.
it was a kegger out in a old gravel pit. it was maybe 11:00 at night so we all had a pretty good buzz on.
any ways this was in the middle of no where.
so we pull into the drive, doing maybe 50, 60, all of a sudden there was no road. you had to turn. we were so so lucky. it was an old gravel pit. all of a sudden it dawned on me and every one in the car that there was a road to the left, or to the right... but none going straight.... we were going straight. and it was to late. Everyone screamed at the same time. we all braced, feet on dash, hands on roof. holy crap..
It was like I said a very old gravel pit... so the sides had washed in. I saw the ground coming and thought,,, this is it. we hit, on a very steep down hill. the pinto was up right. I was still braced as was every one.
as we came to the bottom I would hate to guess at the G forces. there was the hit, then a moment of oh shait.. then the gravel started to fly over the hood. There was so much gravel that to this day I can't believe the wind shield stayed in. It was like running in to a water hole,, oh 2 or 3 feet deep.
we came to a stop.... we all looked at each other like are we dead? did that just happen? omg, we are still alive.....
the pinto was at a stop.. (thank the God Almighty that we didn't land on or end up in the crowd). we got out. I thought that it was the end for the car. didn't really care as no one was hurt. YEH we were all pretty shocked at all of it.
every one at the party was yelling to do it again... yeh right...
after we got out, every one OK, NO ONE hurt in any way..
oh on the way down... as the gravel was flying over the hood. I swear that my butt hit the floor pan of the car though the seat.
anyways I thought the wheels would be broken off, but no. the cross member under the motor was packed with gravel, no oil leaking, the front valance (lower lights) was gone. the wheels were still on it, and full of air. Like nothing had happened.
then there was the track of the landing. you could see touch down to stop...
there was an area (NO KIDDING). Where the car bottomed out and dug a trench that was about 8 inches deep and about 50 to 60 feet long. I think that is where the gravel was flying over the hood.
we had a very good time at the party and,,,,,,,, other then the missing valance. the pinto was fine.
I don't think there is any way you could be more lucky then that.
ps,, that is a TRUE tail....