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Old 03-31-2012, 04:03 AM   #21
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Had an aircraft catch on fire. That turned out VERY badly.
Was the aircraft flying at the time?
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:44 PM   #22
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While doing the oil return line on my old A4, the metal line hit the starter positive terminal and lit the rubber portion of the line on fire. The smell from it was so bad that when I tried looking to see where the fire was coming from, my eyes started watering immediately. I then stood there for a few seconds before my dad doused it with water, which luckily put it out.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:03 PM   #23
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Good stories . Not gonna post pics, honestly i cant see any damage ( apart from my fked alarm ). Just an engine bay covered in white powerdery ---- thats a real *** to try and clean :(. Guess ill clean it up proper when i rip crap out for my turbo install
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ran my nb with apparently a hell of an oil leak...
engine blew on i80 in new jersey (hole in the block) and there was a very small fire...
nothing major though
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Was the aircraft flying at the time?
Yes. Aircraft was equipped with a Halon fire extinguishing system (didn't work) and an ejection seat (worked great). Gives you life but takes away your fitness to fly in the Navy. Herniated three discs.

This was in 1991, Gulf War pretty much finished, and politicians looking to cash in on the "peace dividend." Not a good time to be a medically-grounded fighter puke. Tailhook was just around the corner.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:12 AM   #26
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I had an unfused wire going from my alternator terminal to my LC1 running through my firewall. I attempted to drill a hole next to it for a vacuum line to be run, and I nicked the wire with my drill. The bit grounded the wire to the firewall and it melted the wire from the firewall to the alternator terminal. It also managed to melt other stuff like vacuum lines and it melted a little hole in my master cylinder (which I JB welded to repair). I ended up putting a FUSED wire in it's place and I have yet to see 1 leak with my master cylinder.
Also...if you EVER blow a fuse, keep in mind that it most likely blew for a reason. DO NOT stick a paper clip or something in there to replace the fuse...that's a different story, same car though.
I do keep a fire extinguisher in my trunk, just for insurance.
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Do you know stefan morton? I figure how many guys with turbo miatas live in tasmania... right? lol
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Yes. Aircraft was equipped with a Halon fire extinguishing system (didn't work) and an ejection seat (worked great). Gives you life but takes away your fitness to fly in the Navy. Herniated three discs.

This was in 1991, Gulf War pretty much finished, and politicians looking to cash in on the "peace dividend." Not a good time to be a medically-grounded fighter puke. Tailhook was just around the corner.
You herniated 3 discs from the ejection seat?
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I had a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville that we had repaired. We bought it with rough paint and replaced fenders and bumpers and repainted. Had it for a few weeks and was using it for a daily driver. One day when driver up I85 North I saw what looked to be sparks behind the car. I figured a bracket or hanger had fallen off and was dragging. I pulled into the next exit and into the parking lot of a motel. I went and looked under the car and saw nothing but smelled plastic.

I pulled the hood release and flames came out from under the hood. I ran into the motel and got a fire extinguisher and emptied out but it was basically like spitting on the fire as the fuel rail on one side was on fire. The "sparks" I saw behind the car were piece of intake manifold melting off. The fire department put out the fire but even with a big gaping hole the car did not want to shut off. We ended up scrapping it and after examining the motor it looked like the fire started on one of the exhaust manifolds.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #30
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Nope dont know him, but i have seen one other turbo miata here

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You herniated 3 discs from the ejection seat?
I'm not surprised.

Not being a Naval aviator myself, I've never had the pleasure of experiencing a catapult launch, a nighttime carrier landing, or being blasted out of an aircraft by a solid-fuel rocket located directly beneath my ***, but that's essentially what an ejection seat consists of. It's designed to offer the pilot an alternative to being killed, but not necessarily to provide him with a gentle massage on the way out. Think >10g straight up.


Also, the name hornetball makes a lot more sense now.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #32
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Scary stuff man, glad you were able to save the car.

A couple years ago I was out playing around with some friends at a small oval track nearby. I saw a friend's SR20 240 catch fire. It was small at first and would have been easy to put out, but it just kept spreading. It took forever to get a fire extinguisher over to the car and by the time a firetruck showed up the car was pretty much a puddle.

Seeing that made me realize how quickly all your hard work can just disappear. I went out and bought a fire extinguisher that night to keep in the car. It stays wedged behind the passenger seat.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:42 PM   #33
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My dad's '77 911 sometimes likes to start billowing smoke out of the air vents due to melting plastic insulation. If it ever actually caught on fire, I think I'd let it burn, even though it has an extinguisher in it.
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Bout 3 yrs. ago,working on the fuel lines under the hood of a running mazda,a rubber hose pops off and starts spraying fuel everywhere!dimwit that I am, I reach for the first thing that will shut the motor down,coilwire.Not only do I mildly electrocute myself,I set the engine bay on fire and my effing hand.:P
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You herniated 3 discs from the ejection seat?
L5-S1 was the worst. I had surgery on that one. Really debilitating.

Also have two in my neck that sometimes make my left arm and hand tingly/numb. Not bad enough to worry about.

Better than dead by a long shot.

The name "hornetball" always made sense to me. ???
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^Sounds scary beyond all reason. I remember some of the safeties involved with E.O.D. and the downed planes with ejector seats. The list is about a mile long. Never got to actually get near one, but saw the list of safety precautions and realized I never wanted to. I'll hit bombs with fuses in them with a hammer all day long before I get near an ejector seat.

On a side note what is a good/recommended in car extinguisher? Rol bar mounts prefered.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:53 AM   #37
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The name "hornetball" always made sense to me. ???
It makes a lot of sense once one knows that you were a naval aviator, specifically an F18 Hornet pilot. Perhaps Joe had not realized that.
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Nope dont know him, but i have seen one other turbo miata here
looks like this.

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^Sounds scary beyond all reason. I remember some of the safeties involved with E.O.D. and the downed planes with ejector seats. The list is about a mile long. Never got to actually get near one, but saw the list of safety precautions and realized I never wanted to. I'll hit bombs with fuses in them with a hammer all day long before I get near an ejector seat.

On a side note what is a good/recommended in car extinguisher? Rol bar mounts prefered.
Just go to summit racing and pick one up. I have a little chrome one bolted to my harness bar between the seats, I'd like it in a better spot but have yet to find one. Most come with their own bracket you can hose clamp on to your roll bar.

I think mines a 2.5 or 1 lb bottle, not sure. But I pulled the pin and sprayed it for a split second once when I was bored and the gauge now shows 75%. Get one as big as you can fit/afford.
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Recommend Halon gas. If you get the ones that are powder and ever have to use it, you'll have one heck of a mess on your hands. The fire suppresant powders are also very corrosive.

As a side benefit, the environmentalists hate Halon. Ozone depleting gas, you know.

The problem with Halon is that it doesn't stay put. So, if you have a situation where there is a constant feed of fuel and source of ignition + oxygen gets reintroduced as the Halon dissipates ==> you are back on fire. That was the issue I experienced way back when.
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