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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-30-2001, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Strangest recovery?

I was reading the Were's my JP mag post http://bbs.off-road.com/wwwthreads//...=expanded&sb=5 and got to wondering what is the strangest piece of equipment you have used or seen used in a vehicle recovery?

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Husky Liners!!! Yes the floor mats. Used to stuff under the tires. It worked and didn't hurt the liners.

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Got a 5ton 6X6 stuck up to the doors in a monster hole in the Phillipines. After I "employeed" about 50-60 locals with a few cases of "C"rations, they pulled the waterbull (full!) off and drug it out by hand. After more bribes, they produced a 1"x30' piece of aircraft cable off the beach. Tied an overhand knot in it, locked it in the pintle, and pulled the truck out by hand! I just stood in the back with my jaw dropped[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img].

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Re: Strangest recovery?

Like the Husky mats, I have a set of Cooking grates (really just HUGE expanded metal) that we use to put under the tires when on ice/snow. They work great. Not a lot of unusual stuff here used for recovery.

I have used many a log to get vehicles out of the woods, like the ski we built for a Jeep when he snapped his ball join on one side. We used the winch to lash it down to the jeep, along with a come along, and cut notches in the log. Once we got it to the road, we had to drive it a mile down, and the log survived well. Then there was the time night wheeling a guy (that cold arched his own springs) sheared all the springs off right behind the axle. Another log was used to create a "hard tail jeep" to get it out of the woods. Another time a winch cable was wound to act as the clutch linkage, which was completely torn off and destroyed. "Power-in/Power-out" had a whole new meaning.

Not much unusual, I'd love to see some of the ones posted here, maybe all in due time.

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a Hi-Lift. Not that strange you say? It is if you're using it to move a huge bolder to get your Jeep keys that fell behind it. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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a buddy of mine used two 5' x 1 1/2' steel grates the had holes punched into them for door mats

i had him make 2 more and nothing ( REALY ) ive seen does what they can to get you some instant traction

just be sure to go it slow and have all body parts in the cab when you take off in case it flys out from under the tire

oh course i guess im a little reckless as my CO2 front bumper idea was bad also iguess


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During a night ride on dirt bikes my buddy drowned his XR. We made a tow strap out of a roll of duct tape and towed him back to camp!

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This is a hunting related stuck, Driving down an icy mtn road with a drop-off, the toyota Land Cruiser I was a passenger in slid around, went over the embankment backwards. Came to rest agianst some large trees about 100' down the hill facing straight up the hill. This was about 2 hours after dark, and traffic was just about nill. Nothing to winch to, we had the choice of walking 15 mi. out or staying with the jeep. After walking all day, walking out did not seem fun. We remembered seeing a logging operation up the road, we thought lets go up and see if anyone can give us some assistance. No one is around, but there is a log skidder parked there with a large winch and several hundred feet of cable. Yes, we were able to start it and drive it down to the TLC and pull it up the bank. We returned it with a note telling them we needed to borrow it and $20 stuck in the safety cage. They never complained or contacted us.

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One time, at band camp.... We used a roll of duct tape, a craftsman 1/2" box end wrench, a proctologist, a catholic priest, a welder, holy water, a scuba tank, three donkeys, an aircraft carrier, a hooker, and a cop to extract my Jeep.

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this could start a duct tape thread but im sure there already been one


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