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Old 11-22-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Originally Posted by Happy in Wyoming View Post
Flat tires are rare these days but they do happen. I was once driving a less traveled road in the Navajo Indian Reservation in the Four Corners area. I was on a dirt road and hadn't seen another car from the time I got on it. Suddenly the truck was wiggling around and wallowing; I had a very fast leak, not a blow out but I lost my air within thirty seconds. I had a good spare and all the tools to change the tire or so I thought. Before jacking up my truck I took the spinner, found the right size hole, and tried to turn it. It wouldn't turn. Whoever had put that wheel on had cranked up his impact wrench and put it on as securely as possible. I found the original tire tool and gave it a try, figuring it would give me more leverage. I'm sure it did but not enough.

My late wife told me to take a break and fixed sandwiches. After we ate I contemplated what to do next while my wife looked around for some piece of junk that might help. Truly, the gods were with her. She found a piece of pipe about two feet long. It slid over the tire tool and gave me the leverage I needed. I'd been afraid that the pipe might break with catastrophic results but it held.

I later learned that a piece of pipe used that way is called a cheater bar, a poor substitute for what mechanics usually call a breaker bar. A breaker bar is a bar at least 18" long. One end has a grip of roughened metal or something rubber-like. The other end has an anvil that fits into the back of a socket. They're available in different drive sizes. I bought a 1/2" that was 30" long. It was expensive; but I thought I better buy the best. Today, you can buy a used Snap-On on eBay for a much lower price than I paid twenty-five years ago. I later bought a 36" so both vehicles would have them.

Now, I could have avoided the problem if I had told the mechanic to back off and he had actually done so. But it never ocurred to me at the time so the base of a broken bottle nearly did me in. A breaker bar takes up very little room. I urge you all to buy one for each vehicle that leaves your driveway. I know that AAA fixes flats but you must be able to reach them. I was a hundred miles from a gas station and I have no idea how far from an AAA contractor.


A knife is one of the most basic tools that exists. Many people think that good knives cost a bundle but that is not the case. The Swedish Mora knife is a splendid tool at very reasonable price. It's the epitome of a good general purpose knife. It should be in your car.

Amazon.com: Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, Green, 4.1-Inch: Sports & Outdoors

If you want more car survival talk there's currently a thread on S-S and P. Take a look but if you're inspired to discuss it post it here where people here are far less interested in defeating and destroying you. The S-S and P subforum is plagued by several of these worthies, one of whom is currently very active.

Car preparedness

I don't normally carry food in my survival kit during the summer months because of rapid spoilage due to extreme heat in vehicles. When I do carry it my choice has usually been peanut butter. But I've recently found some tasty pickled Polish sausage. The texture is good as well; it's not reminiscent of sawdust. Pickled meat has a very long shelf life. With the exception of very hot weather this could be an excellent vehicle food. You could, of course, pack some into a smaller jar if you wished.

An outside vendor sells this. You can cut the cost of shipping from 14.95 to 7.50 if you add a 4.50 jar of Border View Michigan Sauce. I know that sounds strange but it's true; it's like being paid three dollars to get the Michigan sauce. I hope that they don't catch this soon. Michigan sauce comes from upstate New York where it's made to create a Michigan-style hot dog, at least in their opinion. It's rather yummy. And it's not hot. It would be a neat dip for little sausages at cold weather gatherings.

Glazier Pickled Polish Sausage 3.8Lb: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food

Michigan Sauce Meat Sauce for Your Hot Dog: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food
Thank you so much for the helpful info! And I found the tip about the Michigan sauce a HOOT! Yes, that is a deal! I have the usual stuff in my emergency tub - peanut butter, tuna, juice boxes, etc. This would make a wonderful addition -- and one I would never have thought about.

 
Old 11-22-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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What we do to amuse ourselves must vary enormously. I don't mean our main hobbies and activities, but little things. Do any of the rest of you notice when your seat belts lock when you generate enough lateral g-forces when cornering? It's not hard to do.

But the other day I had a unique experience. I have a turbo-charged Mazda Speed3, and I noticed the seat belts lock when I was accelerating hard in a straight line! Although I have had the car for 6 years, it was the first time I noticed that. It must have happened before without my noticing, I would imagine.

Most of the rest of you probably don't have cars which would accelerate hard enough in a straight line to lock the belts, but cornering will do it in the pokiest of cars. In my old 1993 Ford Escort - probably the slowest car on the road (getting up to 90 seems to take all day and that seems to be its top speed!) I frequently lock the belts by cornering.

Maybe I should have made a poll about this, but I fear no one else would be interested. So I'm just asking - who has noticed any of the above? Are we all little old ladies (and gentlemen) from Pasadena? Or do I have any fellow retirement posters who actually enjoy driving - I mean REAL driving?
 
Old 11-23-2013, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you for mentioning this. I can just see everything floating around . . .

Duct tape, here I come, lololol!!!

I typically do duct tape them when they are in storage for long periods but I have gotten very slack about replacing the tape in the last few years! GOOD REMINDER!!
My post had so many typos, I'm glad you still got the message
 
Old 11-23-2013, 06:14 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Escort, I flog the 1986 560 SEL on a regular basis but the seat belts are not pretension.

DH used the lap timer in the 1998 A4 to time his runs home from work. The long straightaway by the vet clinic allowed top speeds of 105. At least that's what he told me.
I'm sure the thrill was too preoccupying to notice the belts.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Thank you so much for the helpful info! And I found the tip about the Michigan sauce a HOOT! Yes, that is a deal! I have the usual stuff in my emergency tub - peanut butter, tuna, juice boxes, etc. This would make a wonderful addition -- and one I would never have thought about.
Ani and Happy, we should start a survival school. I wish I had been an outdoors person in my life but was never encouraged as a child to be so. Never joined the Girl Scouts, etc. But I find the whole thing of survival techniques fascinating. Especially the challenge of surviving with low-tech no-tech gear.

I don't give sentimental gifts for Christmas and birthdays, it's just not me to do that. Whether the recipient is grateful or not (and I'm talking about immediate family here), I give things like wind-up flashlights, headlights, swiss army knives, car repair kits, sleeping bags, etc. Now that I think about it, I'd love to work in a camping gear store.

I know at our age most of us are traveling on a daily basis within civilization's limits. But to me, how smart it is to always be prepared for anything, even if it's to help out someone else. Someone who lives in Boston was recounting how he ran to his car to get things to aid the bombing victims. I also remember our first trip to Asheville when the hotel we were in caught fire in the kitchen and the entire hotel was evacuated at 3 a.m., everyone running down flights of stairs outdoors in their nighties. I am sooo glad we had blankets in the car and flashlights, snacks, water, etc. We were out there for several hours.

I may never need my mini axe, LOL, or the rope and tarps, etc. But I like having put it together and will look for a couple of more items you mention. Just for doing it.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Egads, NEgirl, the fire at the hotel sounds scary.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Fa la la la ~~~~~

I'm decorating my house for Christmas - love getting my old "friends" out - so many memories. Love love love this time of year.

I usually do this the day after turkey day but Thanksgiving is late this year so~~~fa la la la.

I'm hosting a party here since it will be my last Christmas.

So excited.

Escort Rider - just how many speeding tickets have you had???????? I have never experienced this seat belt thing - not with the Miata or my little Prelude. Use to take curves in that car like Mario Andretti.

As for survival gear - I have the basics and add more when on long distance trips. Yesterday a woman went off the road and ended up in a retention pond that was deep enough to totally submerge her car. This was in the suburb adjacent to where I live. She had 5 kids in the car - ages 1 to 7. 3 died. Freezing cold water - accidents can happen anywhere.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Egads, NEgirl, the fire at the hotel sounds scary.
When the sprinklers and unworldly strobe lights startled us out of a sound sleep, it was the scariest thing I ever remember. One reason I keep stuff in my car.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Yikes, what a horrible story Umbria.

Another reason to keep stuff in the car..

LOL, fess up, Escort, are you in the assigned risk pool? My Dad was until about 2006. He got a speeding ticket about two months ago.
 
Old 11-23-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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[SIZE=5]LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY, AS WELL AS THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:[/SIZE]

1. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA...... FLOOR.


2. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.


3. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?


4. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.


5. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, "WHERE'S THE SELF- HELP SECTION?" SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.


6. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?


7. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?


8. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?


9. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?


10. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO "GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?"


11. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?


12. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?


13. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?


14. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION TOILETS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL BREAK-IN AND CLEAN THEM?


15. IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?


16. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?


17. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MUTE, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?


18. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?


19. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?


20. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?


21. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.


22. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGAEBRA?
(This one took me a minute)


23. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?


24. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?


25. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?


26. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?


27. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?


28. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE 'S' IN IT?


29. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED "HEMORRHOIDS" INSTEAD OF "ASSTEROIDS"?


30. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?


31. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?


32. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL MAN IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DOES HE BECOME DISORIENTED?


33. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?


34. WHY DO SHOPS HAVE SIGNS, 'GUIDE DOGS ONLY', THE DOGS CAN'T READ AND THEIR OWNERS ARE BLIND?
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