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Re: Close call, literally

To: מרטין רוגובין
Subject: Re: Close call, literally
From: Bud Krueger <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 18:01:14 -0400
It may be odd to respond to your own post, but I thought I'd share this NON-LBC

A number of years ago I had a 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel.  Great car, had a sunroof
and a/c and gave about 38 mpg on low-priced (then) diesel.  In the mid-80's VW
ran a series of ads that stressed the pizzazz of their GTI.  Remember them?
Going airborne over bumps?  Right!!  One morning my oldest daughter told me that
the Rabbit was parked across the street and seemed to be leaking oil.  An
understatement!  The dipstick was dry.  As I poured oil into it I could hear
something hitting the pavement.  The pan had a nasty hole in it!!!  Eventually,
the truth came out.  There was this railroad crossing in town that looked like a
perfect spot to play 'Kleine GTI!"  Unfortunately, the diesel didn't have that
kind of poop.  It did go airborne, but it landed on the rise of the RR track dip
and crunched the sump.  Somehow it made it home (about a mile) without burning

      To tell the truth, I put a used sump on it and it covered another 50,000
miles (180,000 total) before it rusted out.  The daughter's still going strong,

Bud Krueger

nxhio xebeaio wrote:

> Bud -
> When I was a kid my dad had a 74 Porsche 914 2.0.
> One day we were driving out of the parking lot of a golf course (yes, you CAN
> fit golf clubs in a 914, if just barely)
> at sporting speed, and we heard a miserable scraping noise from under the car
> before everything dragged to a halt.
> We stood up and looked behind us, and saw several bits of metal, which turned
> out to be the remains of the crossmember which supported the mid-engine and
> tranny.  We got out, and saw the engine/tranny sitting on the ground under the
> car.
> We had driven over an exposed pipe, about 2 in. in diameter, and about 3-4
> inches high, and it had simply dropped the engine and tranny out of the car.
> Too bad it isn't that easy to remove engine and tranny on a B.  ;-)
> FWIW, I don't think my B would clear a spare motorcycle wheel, much less a
> real tire.
> glad it didn't do you any damage,
> Rmartin
> Tel Aviv.

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