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I found that spinning a CGT at 70 in the snow/ice slush (stupid stupid
stupid I know), then sliding backward into a ditch removes the front bumper
very well. Fortunately I stopped 6 inches before I hit a telephone
switching box and caused major damage to the telephone grid. Back bumper
stayed right in place. Only other damage was bent panhard rod for rear
axle, had a stiff rod welded in and the car handled much better afterwards,
the stock piece is quite flimsy.
The best part of the story. A sheriff pulled up next to me, but slides
past (It was quite slippery at this one spot, not so bad everywhere else in
the county, damn it), so he decides to back up into oncoming traffic rather
then getting out of his vehicle. Few seconds later another batch of cars
who can't stop in time comes along, and its bumpercars all over the road as
they swerve to miss the sheriff. They all missed me, but hit each other.
Then the Highway Patrol comes up to investigate the accident, and starts
taking reports from everyone else. I've been waiting in the ice for 2
hours for the HP to show up so they can pull my car from the ditch (1 hour
longer than everyone else, It's a $1000 fine to disturb an accident vehicle
in NC unless a Trooper says so), so I hop out of the car, and run to the
Trooper and say, "my car wasn't damaged, just slid in ditch, can I go?"
He says, "sure,"
and get the car pulled out and I go about my way.
78 F-150 400M, 4 on floor, 4x4
86 Audi 4000CS Quattro