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Re: Loose nuts
Embarassing as heck ain't it ?
My Brother was so bucks down when we were in our late teens, and into British cars, that he used the wrong lug nuts on the aluminum rims he'd scored at a swap meet for real cheap. They worked their way off a couple of times, but the most dangerous time was on a freeway at 70 mph.
I was driving because he and the rest were tanked and we're rolling along in the fast lane about 70 mph, luckily with not too many cars on the road. I'm listening to all the drunks gassing away when suddenly I see this strangely familiar looking wheel rolling just ahead of our bumper. I was just thinking "someone's in a world of hurt" when it hit me that was OUR wheel and WE were about to crash !!!!
Just then the front end went down in a shower of sparks and we started to slide to a stop, but we were veering for the guard rail and the steering wasn't doing a thing. I thought quickly and grabbed the E brake in between to scared &$#@less Brothers and that changed the direction of the skid(scrape?) and we finally stopped safely.
We lifted the car off into the grass median and I went off into the dark to hunt down the wheel, which I eventually found 400 yards ahead. When I came back there was one very doubtfull older (wise) officer of the law taking down information from three very drunk passengers. Up until I showed up with the wheel I don't think he was entirely buying their story of this huge, sober driver out looking for the wheel.
He called us a tow truck and insisted we not fix it there (wise) and sent us on our way safe in the knowledge it wasn't our fault, as some theives had obviously loosened the nuts and had been interupted.
9 lives - 1 life, you're down to eight my friends ! That the good lord for that one