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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 08:26 AM
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I thought it might be fun to share some of the bummers that we've all experienced in our VeeDubs. Maybe each of you will chip in your own story...

I spun the teeth out of a rear brake drum once coming hom from a fishing trip. Thankfuly, I was only 13 miles away from home when it happened and I managed to limp home. It took forever, though. When I hit the gas, the stub axle stripped out the teeth from the inside of my drum, and I had no way to accelerate. When I revved the engine, the stub axle just spun and spun inside the brake drum. I thought it was a broken clutch or trans until I got home and figured it out. I found that if I idled the car in gear, the car would slowly (painfully slowly) move so I navigated carefully down the mountain and through all of the traffic lights on sides treets. It took three or four hours to make it, but I did finally get it back to the garage. I still don't know what caused it but I assume that it must've had something to do with 31" tires, super low gearing, and a fairly high HP engine. Maybe the drums weren't torqued properly, too.

It actually happened twice to me, and I've met others that it's happened too, as well; even in semi-stock bugs.


Anyone else ever breakdown, or am I the only one?

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If you buy brazilian made drums they have a tendency to stip out like that. Always buy USA or German made drums.

OK, heres my story....

When I was young and crazy, we were out in the desert in this old baja that was a complete rust bucket. We had an old 36 horse motor in it and if you know these motors they have the generator stand casted as part of the block so you cant put a 12 volt generator on them (well there is this high dollar 12v porsche generator that will fit, but I didnt know that at the time and wouldnt have had the money anyway). So what we did was just run a 12v battery with another one as a back up. We were out at the pit (a place that used to be out at ellsworth and elliot in east mesa) and we were out long enough to kill the first battery. So with back up battery installed we start off accross the desert back home, well the battery was dying because we were running lights, so we turned the lights off to keep the motor running. So while running through the desert with no lights I hit a something and the left front went flat, no spare so we just kept going. So eventually the tire came off the wheel and when it did it came off of the INSIDE of the wheel and took out the brake line Smile so the last 2 miles we had to drive on paved roads, accross 2 major streets (broadway & then Main/apache trail) and we did this with no lights, no brakes, one wheel throwing sparks due to no tire on it, the car wasnt registered, no insurance, we were having a few beers that night, underage, (i know... STUPID!!!!) but what 19 year old didnt do something stupid like that? Well I realized after that night what we had got away with and it kinda woke me up.

That was 22 years ago. Shocked


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Post Post subject: Re: Spun drums and other bummers....
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I LOVE IT!!! I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

My first trip out in the baja was to Jawbone Canyon, just north of Mojave. I had a windshield in the car, but that was all. We drove up on a Friday night after work and I was convinced that the car (and myself) was indestructible. I was so excited that the car actually ran that I couldn't wait to get it out in the dirt.

We rolled into camp at 10:00 or so, and by 12:00 I was feeling pretty good, mainly because of a buddy that showed up named Jack Daniels.

A couple of buddies piled in and we went for a midnight ride.

(Please don't ry this at home. We're trained professionals).

I'm sure you can put 2 and 2 together, but I learned that alcohol, dirt, and an offroad car don't mix well... especially with a guy in his early 20's that doesn't mind taking risks.

Well, we cranked a boombox as loud as it could go and went as fast as I could push it over whoop-te-doo's and around the desert until the radio was literally bouncing off the ceiling of the car. We went around a hairpin turn at about 50 mph and I remember trying to turn the car hard left, but it went hard right instead. I couldn't figure out what was happening at the time, but after the dust settled I found out that I had aired the tires down too low and the right rear tire broke the bead and came off the rim. We went sliding into a barbwire fence. One of the guys I was with had his arm outside the car (in the backseat with no window) and his arm got hooked on the fence.

It wasn't pretty.

It sucked him through the window opening and slammed his head into the rollcage. It damn near ripped his arm out of the socket, and he was a freakin' bloody mess when it was all over.

We went back the next day and retrieved his shirts sleeve from the fence and it was displayed at the Jawbone Canyon Store for years, until it burnt to the ground.

Looking back on it...

I was an idiot and it's not funny. I was very fortunate that someone didn't get killed that night. I guess we all have to grow up at some time or another and have been very lucky over the years. The experience did teach me a valuable lesson that I'll never forget.

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I once got passed up by my own front tire, a had porsche alloys and the wrong lugs. lots of sparks and one very tough brake job later i had it back on the road.


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I was driving in the dunes one Sunday, just minding my own business few guys following me and all of a sudden came up on a drop off, well after the sand and dust settled found out that I had rearranged the front end geometry as well as made my once round rim into a 3 sided one, everybody was ok, so had my son get on the left rear of the buggy and since the tire came off the rim we just three wheeled it back to camp. I don't like being a big lawn dart.

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It was in the mid 1980's and I had just finished my first "real to me" baja bug. It was a retired class 5 unlimited bug with a full cage, + 6 wheel base, triple shocks in the rear duals on the front (each side)... you know the usual mid 70's stuff. My ucnle raced a class 1 unlimited at the time and we were in Vegas pre running the Mint 400. A friend and I were out trying it out on our own... we were about 15 miles from our camp, having a great time and all of the sudden the front end felt real soft and kept dragging on the left side. You probbably already know what happened... yep, a broken spindle. We got out of the car and grabbed the wheel, threw it behind the seats and drove it back to the camp. As long as you were on the gas it was fine... get off the gas and it sounded real bad Embarassed . Needless to say that kinda ruined the rest of the weekend, at least for me Wink .

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I drove out a bulldog canyon on 3 wheels Smile


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