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#3216500 - 04/08/13 09:33 AM Nearly Lost a Hand!

Registered: 09/28/03
Posts: 26196
Loc: Spring Hill, TN

My son drives a '95 Eclipse, well past it's days of glory, but he's tight with a buck and will drive it until it literally falls apart, so good for him.

The struts on the hatch don't support it any longer, so I picked up a (pricey) set to replace them. He's been supplementing his old struts with a stick. Well, we took off the old struts alright, adn I gotta tell you, I was truly amazed at how heavy that hatch lid is! I mean it's 50+ lbs, easily. The old struts still had quite a bit of pressure, actually, but not enough to hold that dude up.

I took a few moments to clean out the channels on the side of the hatch, which were pretty mildewy and nasty. While I was scrubbing, I bumped the prop stick, and the only part of me that was under the hatch was my right hand lying on the car. That sucker guillotined me quicker than a French monarch. I thought my world had turned upside down! Yanked my hand out and tucked it into my chest, while my son stood wide-eyed and pale. After the first waves of nausea passed, I check, and there was a good trench of skin gone. What saved me from totally crushing my hand, praise the Lord, is that one of the old struts was lying across the hatch opening. If that dude had dropped enough to have latched close, I don't know WHAT I'd have done, but I do reckon I'd be in the hospital now hearing options.

Well, better me than my son, and it did get me pretty good waiter service for the rest of the evening. It's still swollen, but other than a inch and a half long blood-filled trench in the back of my hand, I'm in good shape. But gotta say, whewwwww!
Some hunt for racks, some hunt for roasts. I hunt for sheer joy; the aforementioned items are merely fringe benefits.

#3216512 - 04/08/13 09:45 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: Nimrod777]
TnDeer Old Timer
16 Point

Registered: 11/21/01
Posts: 13444
Loc: Hixson,TN


Glad you OK!
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#3216513 - 04/08/13 09:45 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: Nimrod777]
16 Point

Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 13905
Loc: In a tree clinging to my guns ...

Glad you're ok. Sounds like that smarted something awful.

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#3216517 - 04/08/13 09:48 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: farmin68]
Formerly "Spoon"

Registered: 10/05/04
Posts: 27447
Loc: Bartlett, TN

Ouch! Glad you are OK
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#3216522 - 04/08/13 09:51 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: A.Hall]
rabbit hunter
14 Point

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 9458
Loc: Beech Bluff, TN

 Originally Posted By: A.Hall
Ouch! Glad you are OK


#3216574 - 04/08/13 10:38 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: rabbit hunter]
Happy Birthday ImThere
10 Point

Registered: 08/24/06
Posts: 3180
Loc: Lewisburg, Tn

Glad to hear your ok
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#3216603 - 04/08/13 11:17 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: ImThere]
Cerebral Assassin
16 Point

Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 10428
Loc: Cleveland, TN USA

That could have been bad. I know how your son feels.

My Dad was working on my car many many years ago. He was standing at the front of the car, engine running, and propped up on the fan shroud and curled his fingers under. The fan blades caught the knuckles on both hands. He was lucky like you. Missing skin and lot of blood and mostly just hurt pride.
I make good money, I help the Family, but one thing must be understood, I would never go against the Godfather. Ruger is a man I respect. Luca Brasi

#3216605 - 04/08/13 11:18 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: ImThere]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

Good thing you left that old strut laying there. I had a similar thing happen with my wife's 1996 Ford Taurus except it was the hood. I was changing the oil and of course had the hood up. The hood on that car had no prop rod as many cars do, but was held up entirely by the two struts. Well they had gotten weak over time but I wasn't aware as they had always held. I was under the car lossening the drain plug with my left hand up over the top of the fender. As I gave the wrench a jerk, I shook the car and the hood slammed down and closed completely shut on my 4 fingers. I came up fast as a bullet thinking that my hand was ruined and jerked as hard as I could and pulled my fingers out. But the hood was closed dwon flush with the fenders. Thankfully the hood was flexible enough that I didn't cut my fingers off. I can definitly relate to the pain you experienced. I never trust those struts anymore and always leave something solid to interfer with a falling hood when changing oil now.
#3216627 - 04/08/13 11:49 AM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: Hunter 257W]
8 Point

Registered: 04/16/11
Posts: 1288
Loc: Blount Co., TN

Shew! What a lucky man!
I was helping a boy in high school that his car had died. So being the well prepared redneck I parked my truck in front of his car, hooked up my jumper cables. Told him to hook his side and give it a minute. He tried to crank, and nothing, tried again, nothing, I thought this is a brand new battery, what the heck.
Walked towards his car to look at it, and before I could his battery exploded. Sent that battery acid everywhere, luckily didnt get on me, but its got me extra careful now
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#3216664 - 04/08/13 12:23 PM Re: Nearly Lost a Hand! [Re: CountryBoy053]
12 Point

Registered: 02/18/12
Posts: 6513
Loc: loudon

That scares me just reading about it Keith. That dude is going to be sore but it could have been much worse. Prayer lifted for a speedy recovery.
William G Kollock

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