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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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did you see that airborn flywheel on CnnHn?!

This morning they were showing a clip of a guy's house that had an "unknown" metal object come sailing through the roof in the middle of the night. The anchors kept saying "nobody knows what it is or where it came from"... it was obviously about 1/3 of a clutch flywheel, fairly large like a fullsize truck would have. They said "it looks like it could be a piece of an aircraft"... I don't understand why this is so hard to identify??? How it could've ended up as a projectile, though, I do not know [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: did you see that airborn flywheel on CnnHn?!

I got to see a flywheel go into orbit a few years back....
was at the annual truck and tractor pulls in my hometown, and this local guy who faithfully pulls his truck every year put on a great show.
I don't know what year it is, something tells me late 60's, or whenever you could last get a Mercury pickup, with a 390, 4 spd, and he pulls in Super stock.
Anyhow he lights into it, and the old engine is screamin like a banshee, when it starts to smoke underneath, but he can't see it, and nobody tells/waves him to stop so he keeps pushin hard on the skinny pedal, and finally BOOM!
A round, pizza sized projectile shoots straight up outa the truck about 30 feet in the air, as well as a few miscellaneous parts on the ground.
We went over to look at it later on, and the cowl vent in front of the windshield was all ripped open, looked like a bunch of little fingers sticking up....thats where the flywheel exited the truck.
It was quite interesting indeed.

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Re: did you see that airborn flywheel on CnnHn?!

haha, I bet the guy that lost it wish he had a scattershield. I hope he didn't lose his feet or something more serious when she turned into shrapnel.
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