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the dumbest thing you have ever done involving a Land Cruiser, the thing you said to yourself, WTF was I thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it's OK with Dog Walker, lets say Monday I'll let him or the person of his choice judge to determine the dumbest thing posted for a LSLC cap.

There is a very nice 76 Cruiser here that belongs to one of my customers. (he has lots of $$$$) I did all of the work on it, and it is beautiful. SO SR 35's etc. It has an aluminum head LT1 with a thumper cam, fenderwell headers, and it sounds like a Winston Cup engine. He brings it up once a year and leaves it for a week or so, and has me service it and just go over it from end to end. He expects me to drive it and make sure everything is OK while I have it. One sunny Sunday afternoon, I had to run up to the O Reilly's auto parts store for something, had Oscar, the wifes min-schnauzer with me. There was 5 or 6 guys out front hanging out and they checked the FJ over pretty good while I was inside, they were impressed when I fired it up so I decided to show off a bit when I left, lit the tires up good in 1st, bang shifted into 2nd, and POW CRASH EEEEEKKKK, I struggled to control the rig with the rear tires locked up and managed to veer over towards the curb away from the oncoming traffic. We stopped with the RF tire barely onto the curb. I looked over at Oscar and he cocked his head like the RCA dog as if to say "Well that was interesting" I looked back and there was the driveshaft, pinion yoke still attached and a stream of 90 wt following us to the curb.
Yea, I broke a pinion on the street.
Had to catch a ride with one of the guys I was impressing to get the wrecker to retrieve the truck........bought some oil dry and swept up my mess......to this day the owner knows nothing of this, not that he would care:flipoff2: :flipoff2:
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Hmmm.. well.. I had only recently bought my cruiser, and was in my side yard... there's a felled tree stump that is big enough to test the sliders pretty well, and I had given demo rides over it at my housewarming party.

Well, the recent rains had made the ground soft, and when I tried to pull myself across the stump, the boggers started doing what Boggers do best.. digging holes.

the winch wasn't working, I didn't have the attachment for the hi-lift, and driving off the hi-lift didn't work.

I called my buddy with a winch to come pull me off this damn thing, and kept trying to rock myself forward and back, to get off the tree, when, with the wheels cranked, in reverse, 3000rpm, the right front tire caught traction. KA-BOOM!!! shattered the entire newfield.. cage, bell, everything.

All that, 3 hours +, for a obstacle in my backyard.
 

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INVOLVING A FJ? PROBOLY TEARING THE GATES OUT AT MY HIGHSCHOOL PARKING LOT. THE WTF WAS I THINKING PART WAS WHEN I REALISED I BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF A VERY, VERY, VERY TIRED F WITH WHO KNOWS HOW MAN 100,000'S MILES ON IT, WITH MOST JOINTS IN THE ENTIRE THING WANTING TO BE REPLACED.


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THE REAL ONE WAS IN A WILLY'S [ NOT A FJ BUT THIS FLATFENDER HAD SOUL] IT WAS A MILITARY JEEP THAT MY FREINDS FATHER BAUGHT AT AUCTION. ORIGINAL EVERYTHING, ALL THE MILITARY STICKERS FADED BUT STILL THERE, THE OLD SKINNY TRACTOR TIRES, 2 FRONT SEATS AND ONE MOUNTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REAR. WINDSHEILD WAS BUSTED, NO TOP, NO CAGE, NO SEATBELTS, NO NADA. SO WE WERE OUT ROMPING AND WE KEPT TELLING MY FREIND "MIKE, MIKE, DO THIS MAN" OR "MIKE MIKE, DO THAT!!" AND HE KEEPS SAYING NO. OH YEH, THIS WAS 7TH GRADE, FYI. JUST ROMPING OUT IN THE HILLS WITH NO LICENSES OR ANYTHING. SO ITS MID FEBUARY, AND WE MANAGED TO FIND A LOOONG STRECH OF DOWNHILL ROAD THATS TOTALLY SNOWPACKED. "MIKE, MIKE, GAS IT WAY DOWN THERE AND SLAM THE BRAKES!" HE DECIDED HE'D DO IT SINCE HE HADNT DONE ANYTHING ELSE WE HAD TOLD HIM TO DO. WHATS THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN :shaking:

WELL, MIKE WAS DRIVING, MY OTHER BUDDY WAS RIDING SHOTTIE, ANOTHER BUDDY IN THE SEAT IN THE BACK, AND MYSELF AND THE LAST PERSON WERE BOTH SITTING ON THE REAR FENDERS :) HE GOT UP TO THE TOP OF SECOND GEAR, REALLY FLYING FOR THAT THING, AND SLAMMED THEM. CHAOS ENSUED.

WE FINALLY FIGURED OUT THAT WE WENT SIDESWAYS THE THE LEFT, CAME BACK AROUND, DID A 360 TO THE RIGHT, CONTIUED THIS TO A 540. THIS IS WHEN WE HIT THE DITCH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. I WAS ON THE RIGHT FENDER, AND IT SHOT ME LIKE A SLINGSHOT. I FLEW A GOOD 12-15 FEET IN THE AIR, AND AS I'M FLYING, ALL I CAN THINK IS "OH GOD THE WILLYS IS GONNA RUN ME OVER" I HIT THE GROUND RUNNING/FALLING AND GET AWAY.

WE WENT BACK TO INSPECT THE CARNAGE THE NEXT DAY IN THE LIGHT, DEBRIS [SCREW DRIVERS, LICENSE PLATE, ECT] WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND TRUE ENOUGH, WE FOUND MY WATCH, IN THE MIDDLE OF MY BODY PRINT IN THE SNOW, WITH A TIRE TRACK RIGHT OVER IT. WE ARE EXTREEEEMELY LUCKY IT DIDNT ROLL.

GOOD TIMES, GOOD TIMES :)
 

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5+ years ago, I was out wheeling (~Memorial day weekend) and we came to a portion of an access road that had "sank" into the swamp....I slowly proceeded into it, since I was the one with the custom snorkle, and reached the point where the windshield was touching water on the passenger side...since no one else was gonna come close I backed out, no problem....right?

About 1-2 miles later, I noticed my oil pressure going haywire....found out I had ingested swamp water in with the oil and junked all the bearings in the motor.

Long story short, I spend the month of June that summer rebuilding the 350 I had in the garage...completed it, got it tuned and running the Sunday before the 4th of July. Took it for a trail ride over the 4th, and I was STILL so confident in my waterproofing capabilities that I AGAIN crossed a deep pond...this one only hood high. Got stuck, motor finally just stalled, but once on dry ground I hit the key and it started immediately....I thougt KEWL....then looked at my oil pressure...100 PSI, even for a new motor, is a bit much....towed it back to camp, pulled the dipstick, and the silt spooged out....

2 motors in a bit more than 30 days....

I swear I'm not going into water with the 350 TBI I'm installing now....really, I swear it....
 

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I swear I'm not going into water with the 350 TBI I'm installing now....really, I swear it....



Hey, Woody..... I here there is some open water out on Winnebago...
Ya wanna go for a drive? Or maybe out to Green Lake?

How was the Wed night gig? I was 5 minutes from showin' up but had to help a friend with a car issue :(

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Oh yea...
Stupidest thing in a cruzer. (god, which thing)

Friend tryin' to crest a pile of dirt in my back yard with a 40 and 38"Swampers and a 455....
He couldn't make it so.......
I go into the shed and start up my 40 which is in one of its alteration states.
Roll bar is out and it is on 235 street tires with the front shaft removed etc. (no belts) Watch this....:D

One try, hit the hill and over I went.
Came down on the front shackles and slid about 8 feet with the rear wheels about 4 feet in the air:D

No beer was involed in this stunt....

Cory
 

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The dumbest thing,

Iwas testing wires under the dash, the Cruiser was in gear, low range and I accidentally connected a hot wire to a starter wire:eek: By the time I figured out what was going on the Cruiser went thru the garage wall :emb4:

Then not too long after I was fooling around with some other wiring issues and reached over to turn the key... D'OOHHH!!:eek:
Two things I hadn't noticed...the rig was in gear and my daughter had pulled up and park her new Mitsubishi Eclipse right in front of me. :(
It's amazing how a Land Cruiser will crawl right up over the hood of an Eclipse:emb4: By the time I stopped it the grill, the hood and all it's lights were wasted !

Now-a-days when ever I work on wiring, I take all four wheels off the rig just to be safe:rolleyes: :D Just kidding, I don't do wiring anymore;)
 

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Butch, sounds like fun!

#1 I did the same exact thing as you did! Years ago when I was like 16 or 17 I too was showing off in front of a gas station and lit the tires up (3spd) and sprung over with 38" Monster Mudders and a pumped up 302, anyways, when I hit second gear at about 30mph or so! BANG.........driveshaft flew out the driver side and SMACK!!!! hit an old Ford truck driving in the lane. I walked home and my Dad drove me back to the side of the road where I then replaced the pinion. Good times!

#2 In that same decade, it was a late evening while cruising down the highway with a buddy and a 12 pack of beer looking for chicks. We were doing about 70mph or so when I started to feel a big time vibration (I knew it was the u-joint about to let go).

Then a Sheriff decided to tailgate me, as I slowed down the rear driveshaft let go! BAM.....CRASH...... Yep, it smashed into the cop car!

The cool part was that they thought we chucked somthing at them, so when we stopped they had us at gun point! You know the drill, on the ground, a few kicks, alot of cussing! In the end they took our beer and drove us home.

#3 Last one (I'll make it real short) This incident also around the same time (16 or 17 years old). We were hanging out one weekend at the "cruise" Thats were teenagers drive up down a stretch of road in the city and cause trouble and look for chicks! And show off what they've got under the hood!

So I used to like to drag race my cruiser as much as possible, anyways we were racing a Mustang from stop light to stop light, when hauling some ass I noticed the Mustang was no longer along side me? What a sissy!!! (we're yellin and screamin, havin' a good ol time) Look up, RED LIGHT...... Car in front of me just so happens to be a CHP! No breaks, I start double, tripple pumpin the breaks, no luck.........Finally one front wheel locks up, we go into a skid sideways and turn at the last second and launch past the cop off the road, over the sidewalk, and thru a lawn in front of a Toy's R us.

Yep, I got in trouble.

Thats enough stories for now.:)
 

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HHMMM................but Jeff I was over 40 when I did it

my mom asks me often still, "When are you going to grow up?"


my answer, I've seen grownups, they don't have any fun,

So are you or some of your compadres at POR gonna pick us a winner?

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Lemme see....

Taking a freshly SOA'd 40 (no cut & turn, d-shaft mods) to a local creek where we wheel and setting it in about 5' of water. No description, just a pic.

EDIT: OK the pic doesn't want to work...so heres a link
SUBCRUISER
 

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Mine is nothing too special. I was doing an intake/exhaust install on a 2F. It was 2AM, and I was rushing to finish so that I could drive to work the next day. Thought I was finished, took away the wheel chocks etc and started the cruiser to back it out the garage. Heard a slight exhaust leak, so I threw it in neural, opened the hood, and went back to work. The hood was leaning on the garage door opener, and the cruiser was rocking backwords/forwards as I tightened the exhaust down pipe bolts. Suddenly, boom, the hood slammed down and the sharp rear corner (near windshield) cut into my arm. Barely mised some arterys, and knicked the bone. I got a ride in the ambo, 36 stictches, and nice 6 inch scar courtesy of the cruiser.
 

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I got TONS of stories of stupid stuff I did as a teenager in Venezuela (it's a small miracle that I'm still alive), and 1/2 of the stories involve Land Cruisers in one way or another. Probably the stupidest one was when a group of friends and I decided to "borrow" an ice cream trailer that was parked on a city corner in Caracas. We towed it with my friend's FJ60 to a party, where we passed out all of the ice cream inside the trailer. On the way back home from the party, many hours and more than a few beers later, we were driving on a deserted stretch of highway when someone had the bright idea of ditching the ice cream trailer rather than towing it back to its original location. So without further ado, and while still going at least 50 MPH, three of us leaned out of the FJ60's tailgate and unhooked the trailer, which careened and cartwheeled off the highway, taking a good portion of the safety barrier with it. Pretty damn stupid, we could have killed somebody or gotten hurt pretty bad....
 

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Anyone ever had a 2f-equipped cruiser to 95mph? I have.

For those of you counting, that's turning a 2f at roughly 5000 RPM under load.

That does bad things to a 2f, btw.
 

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If I had the pic of the Dad from "That 70's Show" I'd attatch it to this quote "Advent Horizon"

DUMB ASS!!!!


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I just do the same stupid thing every day...

Drive an F equiped 40 with a Detroit locker 75 mph, 25 miles each way to work every day.

I am thinking about swapping in 3.73's though...
 
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