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Old 01-05-2013, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My poor car tried to kill me. Somehow it popped into reverse and almost ran me over and went through the chain link gate to my shop. Thankfully I was able to get in the car and stop it before it smashed into a brick corner.

I know I should have had the parking brake on. I had left it idling since the air is so cold I wanted it to warm up before I drove it far. It was sitting there for a couple minutes while I locked the shop up and closed the gate, then it just started coming at me.

I don't think the damage is too bad. Mostly just gonna need to get some sand paper and primer.


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Old 01-05-2013, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I managed to nab a deal on Ebay. Found an OEM Quarter panel extension painted almost my blue its looks like, complete with the trim piece. $35 shipped.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What do you call bad damage? I'd be crying.

Glad you are not hurt.

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Looks like a pretty easy fix. It will probably cost more to repair your chain link fence. I did the same thing a few yrs. back. I jumped out of the car to close the gate before the dog got out and left it in reverse. Good thing for me it was the wife's modern iron and not one of the Stangs. Luckily, the only thing damaged was my pride.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I dont think its too bad because the body just got dented and the extension broke. $40 in parts and sand paper. I hate bodywork lol but this will make me get better.

Crazy thing is the car was in park for prolly 5 minutes and somehow slipped into reverse, i have a camera at my shop, may have to check and see.
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I'll bet you haven't replaced the bushings in the shifter and set the linkage adjustment. I'll confess something similar, except that as the car backed away from me, I grabbed the coil wire and it died instantly.
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Good to hear you were not hurt. I thought Christine was a plymouth fury not a mustang?

I have been the driver of 3 different cars that completely lost the brakes and tried to kill me... but I never had a car try to run me over! Luckily I was able to stop all 3 cars without incident.
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Her name isn't Christine is it?

Glad you're not hurt.
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Man, I'd be sick. But it really could of been worse. Looks like you saved your trunk lid , bumber and taillight panel. Glad you didn't get hurt also.
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Dang, glad you didn't get hurt ! Looks like a nice car too...

22GT++ Replacing bushings and adjust auto shifter linkage should prevent that ever happending again...

Next time, post a thread in the wanted section and I'm sure one of us can help you with that part. Stop in Bedford, VA if your ever up this way...
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Always set the parking brake when leaving the car running. Ask me how I know, no never mind..too many stories. Before relying on the brake to hold check it now and again by putting it in gear and make sure the brake will hold it.
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Glad you're not hurt and i think you should give her to me. Once a car has tasted its owner’s blood, it thirsts for more…much more! Mark my words she’ll come for you again like an enraged woman at a pre-Christmas sale at Wal Mart.
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i am guessing your shifter is loose feeling ?
my 66 was like this when i was in the middle of restoring it .
A little story for you
started the car one day by jumping the solenoid shifter jumped into reverse and took off, my hand got caught in grille area so car drug me down drive way then made a left and plowed into my 94 f150 . no damage to f150 but the brand new tail light panel i just welded on was wasted .dooooh
i had the $2.00 shifter bushing kit sitting right next to shifter to remind me to fix the shifter , just never installed it .
I installed the kit the very next day.
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Make sure when you rebuild it you inspect the ''paw'' (believe that's what is called) on the shift lever. They can get worn. Also the notches on your shifter base where the paw engages, especially the park position.
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Make sure when you rebuild it you inspect the ''paw'' (believe that's what is called) on the shift lever. They can get worn.

It's actually called the pawl. And it's inside the transmission. It's what actually locks the drivetrain up. And it's what causes the ratcheting noise you hear if you throw your car into park while still moving.



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