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    ..that's me I pulled the vent grille off of Barney today to lube the wiper transmission pivots, and clean out the debris in the drain, and I noticed there were only two screws holding the grille to the body.

    So I drove down to Ace, took one of the old screws out, closed the hood and went in to match it. Came back out, popped the hood and SPANGGggggg!

    The vent grille had grabbed the back edge of the hood, and when I opened it, the hood bent before the two pieces released each other. So now there's about a 6" semi-circle of sproing at the back of the hood, and of course it cracked the paint too.

    Guess I'm going to have to do some stop-gap paint and body work just to keep it from rusting.

    Dang, I hate when I do stupid things.

    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |

  • #2
    Don't beat yourself up too much, Clark. We've all been there to some extent. ("Instructions: Tighten bolt until it breaks off, then back off one quarter turn.")

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner


    • #3
      Gee Clark, I feel your pain. I am sure you have lots of company from many of us. At least you are man enough to fess up. I have been guilty of leaving some of my favorite tools on that convenient shelf built into C cab firewalls, only to realize my error after losing them somewhere on the "test drive." Things like forgetting to clip the distributor cap back on, leaving off the radiator cap, oil filler cap, failing to latch down the trailer hitch and the list goes on. It is these expensive lessons in the "college of experience" that make it the best educational institution on earth.
      John Clary
      Greer, SC

      SDC member since 1975


      • #4
        if there is anyone here that works on their vehicles hasn't done anything similar, they are not telling the truth!!!

        I'd 'fess up to a few, but it would take all night to do it!
        Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

        '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

        '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.


        • #5
          Welcome to the "club."
          '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
          Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club


          • #6
            .....yep i once cause myself in getting a total paint job <g>
            I can laugh about it now but it was funny at the time.

            Home of the Fried Green Tomato


            1960 Champ , 1966 Daytona , 1965 Daytona Wagonaire


            • #7
              Ya Clark,I live with the same stumbles. AND ON AND ON !
              Joseph R. Zeiger


              • #8
                It's called 'The Chinese Hammer Torture'
                You hit yourself in the head with a hammer....Because it fees so good when you stop....

                Hey, We all make mistakes.
                The real man is the one who can talk about it.
                Remember... You have to be doing something to make a mistake.
                People who are perfect never really do anything.
                Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) has a line is a song.....
                'Scars are souvenirs you never lose'....
                Be proud of them. You earned them the hard way.
                HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)


                Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain

                Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)


                • #9
                  Thanks guys Always good to know you're not the only one~!

                  Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
                    Thanks guys Always good to know you're not the only one~!
                    You have lots of company. When I saw the title of your thread, I thought you were talking about me....
                    Jon Stalnaker
                    Karel Staple Chapter SDC


                    • #11
                      Geez, Open up my Computer and see this post on the list,..... I WAS SCARED.

                      I thought for sure it was about me.



                      • #12
                        On any given phase of my project I have referred to myself using far worse names.


                        • #13
                          Duct tape, duct tape and more duct tape; the 'cure' for all of our automotive mistakes. I suppose I should add a "Lol" or two doncha know...


                          • #14
                            Don't sweat it, Clark. Be glad personal injury wasn't involved, or you didn't break an irreplacable part.

                            This thread would get awfully long awfully fast if each reader was required to post something they'd done of equal or greater stupidy.

                            To wit: How about backing a 4-door sedan out of your single-car garage and failing to notice the car's RR door was open, only to be alerted to that fact when you heard the splintering of the garage door frame and creak of the car's body as the door bent backwards?

                            Yep; BTDT BP
                            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


                            • #15
                              I could post a few of the "things I'll know better than to do" gleaned from the failures that do not outnumber the successes.
                              Still look forward to the lessons not yet learned.
                              Brad Johnson,
                              SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                              '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
                              '56 Sky Hawk in process