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Whoops! 1946 Flattie Flat Out

Posted in Whoops on October 17, 2017
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Tech Editor Verne Simons and Editor Christian Hazel were cruising in Simons’ 1949 Flattie at TDS 2013. Verne didn’t realize he was dropping his 80-inch-wheelbase Willys off a 90-inch-tall vertical wall. Through some pretty neat driving, Verne stabbed the throttle at just the right time and at just the right rpm to give the even-fire Buick V-6–powered flattie enough juice to get enough wheel speed to save ’em. The Jeep danced forward, endoing on the front tires for about 10-15 feet nearly vertical before the rear end came crashing down with enough force to shatter the rear diff centersection. The boys chained the rear axle together and limped 10 miles back to camp with the rear axle pivoting between the long-side tube and centersection the whole way. Once back, they tried zapping it back together with a Premier Power welder and some cast welding rod, but the repair broke about 50 feet from camp. On the trailer it went, and Verne learned to look where he was going.

Christian Hazel

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