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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-08-2005, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Lesson Learned - Got off CHEAP

This could be titled.
"And I knew better"


In my street DD CJ, I have had my highlift jack across the back "secured" to the roll bar down-tubes with a bungee cord.
YES, I do know better. Been meaning to make/install some real brackets, but I got lazy.
I have looked at that jack every time I look over my shoulder to back up, and tell myself, I really need to get that thing mounted.

Last night on the highway, I had to slam on the brakes when an idiot cut me off.
The bungee cord let loose.
The jack ONLY flew as far forward as hitting the back of the passenger seat. Busted a minor couple things sitting in the back on it's way through.

No real damage done. "THIS TIME"

But in a collision, that 20 lb jack COULD have killed somebody.

I got lucky. Damn, lucky. "THIS TIME"

There won't be a "Next Time"
That jack is getting properly mounted TODAY.

Just felt the need to share this.


So...
How is your jack mounted?
Or tool box, or 10lb speakers, or ...
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damn bill........you got luck on this one........you can check out my mount when i come out to your place this weekend......
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Wow! you did get lucky! Not to high jack the thread, but something similiar just happend to me! While bringing my daughters YJ from my storage garage to my home. I set the hood in the back of my truck. I thought, hmmm, only going three miles, this shouldn't go anywhere. At 40 mph, the hood came right out of the box of the truck, became airborne, and just about nailed the guy behind me, good thing he was paying attention, he wasn't happy, but the hood missed him. From now on, everything gets mounted or tied down properly! Rick
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damn bill........you got luck on this one........you can check out my mount when i come out to your place this weekend......

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Thanks John, always like ideas.
But the really bad part of this is that I HAVE mounts.
They just never found their way into the Jeep.

Got lazy - and got "Shoemaker's Kids" disease.
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From now on, everything gets mounted or tied down properly!

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I need help pounding this into Tater's head! He is running around with the spare tire in the back seat...loose. Get on the spare mount mister. We don't need no SQUASHED TATERS. nag..nag..nag. [img]images/graemlins/spank.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
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Re: Lesson Learned - Got off CHEAP

Everything is bolted down in my Jeep: highlift, tools, speakers, etc.
I even keep the tuffy locked at all times. Wouldn't want the lid to fly open during a rollover, whack my elbow, and dump the contents on me.
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Bill,
Thanks for having the curage to share that with us.....some things are better not learned from 'personal' experience....
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Even a loose screw driver can make a mess out of the back of your head.

Not long ago there was an article in the paper -- a lady was killed in a fender bender -- a jar of Mayonaise hit her!

Take a good look for anything that you'd rather not make love to - tie it down or ditch it!
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Friends dad was paralized when someone rear ended in his Ford Van.

Large tool chest slid & hit back of seat - head rest snapped neck.
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I had to post this follow up.

A VERY strange twist.

I am still a bit stunned.
Was just talking with a co-worker a few minutes ago.
He seemed really down. Asked him what was wrong.
His kids were in a car accident (A day or so ago - today was HIS first day back at work)

His son sustained major facial injuries due to an unsecured jack in the back seat flying into him in the impact.

According to the Drs. A few milimeters one way or the other and he would have been killed.

[Insert entity of choice here] works in mysterious ways.
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