Originally Posted By: jpeck
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Notice the shadow of someone “safely standing their distance”?
When you are young, you do stupid things.
Like the time I was removing a transmission from a 1960 Falcon, no jack stands, so I jacked it up and supported it on concrete blocks (what? the open cells face up? who says?), and, not thinking about it then (I was about 19-20), the blocks where used the wrong way (gave a nice smooth surface to lay tools on). Used two stacks, one under each front ball joint.
After I had unbolted the transmission (automatic and the front seal was leaking), and was slipping it backward ... dang thing gets stuck. I finally am able to give it one last good yank and ...
Yeah, the tranny comes out, but the drivers side concrete blocks crush, bringing the car halfway down on me to. Fortunately, the other stack of blocks held.
Finally my wife (had only been married a few months) came out to see how I was doing (she did not hear my calls inside the house), and got a neighbor to jack the car up off me.
The good news is that I slid out with the transmission on my stomach.
Never did that again. I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid. Maybe that is why I cringe so much whenever I see concrete blocks used that way for anything.
I am sure we all are looking at that photo and seeing the 2x4 slipping on the pavement and watching the truck as it makes a slow decent, then speeds up as the 2x4 pops the rest of the way out, and the truck crushes that guy under it.
Been there, done that, got the tee shirt, wore it out.