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Re: Just remembered a funny incident.

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Bill Radford

02-15-2013 06:49:52

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As a kid in the 60's one of my favorite things was to go with my Dad or Grandpa to the tobacco market. We were at the Gold Leaf Warehouse at Smithfield NC just after a sale and my Grandpa was talking to a fellow farmer he knew. The warehouse had several doors with ramps that you could drive the 4-5 feet down to street level, and also had several doors that were 4-5 feet above ground level where the trucks were driven alongside the building and loaded with the sheets of tobacco.
My Grandpa finished talking to the gentleman, who turned and got into his nearly new Ford pickup. The old guy then drove out of the warehouse but instead of driving down the ramp, he went out of one of the loading docks and crashed several feet down onto the street. The old guy was rattled to say the least, but unhurt. After he regained his composure, he drove the truck to the Ford dealer down the street and had it checked out. Only damage was some dents and scratches on the bottom of the front bumper.
They don't build 'em like that anymore....

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Jim in MN

02-15-2013 07:32:58

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 Re: Just remembered a funny incident. in reply to Bill Radford, 02-15-2013 06:49:52  
Another mechanic at the small engine shop adjusted the linkage on a hydro lawn tractor that was creeping in neutral. Confident that it was adjusted correct, he left it running on the loading dock to warm up for an oil change. When he stepped outside a few minutes later the tractor was halfway down the alley and still going. We gave it a once over back at the shop but the 30" drop off the dock never left a scratch.

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