View Full Version : The first Deranged "OH CHIT, I am gonna die" moment.

03-29-2010, 06:20 PM
Well everyone has that moment where you realize

A: My heart rate just found 400BPM,
B: I am a complete retard, and
C: Please god make it stop.

My first one in the Ranger was today. I was playing with the brakes, as the 3rd and different master cylinder seems to be leaking out the rear of the bore. I took the whole deal off to look at it, and try to figure it out, and was about 99% finished buttoning up, when my buddy Jeff, the Ford tech stops by to program the new PCM. We get that done and decide to take it for a quick spin.....99% done.....We take it out on the street, and its a beast, and only running on stock f-250 6.0 programming, yet it still gets sideways, and pins you to the seat.....99%. We turn a corner onto a straight stretch with no houses for quite a while with a stop sign at the end, then a school zone after the stop. 99% I get on it hard, and it spins through first and second, then grabs pretty good in third, and we start accelerating pretty damned fast. 99% I get out of it about 55 mph, and hit the brakes.......:bang:doh: the 1% was the cotter pin that holds the brake lever to the pedal.......Yes, I know I am an idiot! I told Jeff, oh chit, no brakes, and he laughs, till he realizes I am serious. We were still a lOOOOONG way from the stop, but getting there at 45MPH. I grabbed the lever,a nd pulled it to 1st gear, and thank god it went right to 1st and basically skidded to about 15 MPH, then started to slow fast. I popped it into nuetral and coasted to about 5 mph, and tsince it was a slight down hill, I popped it into reverse, and it slowed, then stopped. Right to park. When I could stand, I got out, and saw the cotter pin sitting on the floorboard. I quickly put it back in, and we decided we had had enough for the day. LOL Here is a quick video just after. You can hear jeff ask, "GOt brakes" as we approach the stop.

I will always, complete 100% before I get distracted again. Maybe a checklist like the airplane for my sorry ass.

Quick little 1st and second hit.

YouTube- Test drive new PCM.mpg

03-29-2010, 06:32 PM
bad ass dude!

03-29-2010, 06:40 PM
Give me your truck...

03-29-2010, 07:05 PM
Thats gotta be the sexiest thing I have ever heard! Sweet ride man!

My first 'Oh sh!t' moment came when I was drivin my Caprice down the highway on a warmer than usual winter morning. The roads were slushy, and I couldn't figure out why people were driving so slow. I didn't realize why until I tried to stop for the police cruiser in the left lane about 300 feet in front of me. I jammed on the brakes with both feet, and stopped about 3 feet from his rear bumper, to which he gets out and says "Are you ok?" And after saying yes, he tells me to slow down and take it easy. My heart didn't slow down until about 2 hours later. I could see me getting my license taken away, fines, points, etc etc:D

03-29-2010, 10:28 PM
can i have the motor and trany? please?

03-29-2010, 10:52 PM
dude bet you became a man with wet panties at first!

03-30-2010, 09:12 AM
And a lump in my shorts. The good news is I now know my 40 year old heart can in fact still pump at 400 BPM without giving out.

03-30-2010, 04:41 PM
And a lump in my shorts. The good news is I now know my 40 year old heart can in fact still pump at 400 BPM without giving out.


03-31-2010, 02:41 PM
I had that moment in the winter on a patch of ice, almost rear ended a truck, but we turned off the road just in time, but then almost knocked down a sign, but we turned and just missed that, then stopped in time before we went down a really deep ditch.

04-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Awesome job on the Ranger. Guess you found the hard way not to get distracted next time. Nows the time to have some major fun with it.