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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:23 PM   #1
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I was called out on a loaded tanker last night . 160,000 lbs off the road . Its the first time since i bought the Ken Worth it has failed to get the job done . Put in 2 hours of hard labor digging and rigging . On my 1st damn pull i snapped a sctoch block ( type of wheel block ) which renders that big horse useless . That scotch block was dependent on a 3/4 " diameter bolt which snapped . The tow would be a Grand or more and im out due to a stinking 4 dollar bolt .

2 other companies worked on it after me , found out they bent the front springs in the stuck truck and it took 2 heavies to move it and they still had to down load it first .

Some times you swear they are glued to the planet and will never move :gman:
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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I thought those had a pin in them with stoper plates on each side.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:33 PM   #3
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I thought those had a pin in them with stoper plates on each side.
Ya its a pin , i use 3/4 " hardened bolts for the pin . Prior to my owning the truck some dip shit put threaded rod in it as a pin which i was not aware . Thats some fine grade 2 material
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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:50 PM   #4
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Aw....

I have a bunch of grade 8 3/4" by 6" bolts in the garage, I use them on the Toyota as shackle bolts (I ain't going to break a shackle bolt anytime soon :) )

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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:06 PM   #5
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I feel for you Marv, I snapped a 2" thick clevise one time doing a lift on a 95,000 coil. got it up and it was down again in the same breath.

the worst one I witnessed was my buddys trucks he had a loaded garbage packer rolled over in a swamp, they started to pull together when all hell broke loose. first the PTO shaft jumped out of the truck from the load, then the second truck ripped the headach rack off the bed because it had the whole load all at once...not pretty. we pulled it with Fat Albert and it came right out.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:42 PM   #6
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got a call from a buddy a while back his cousin had slid his 92 explorer fifteen feet off the road down into someones back yard hit a couple trees and couldnt get it out so we rolled out and tried to pull it..didnt have enough strap or weight in my xj at the time and spun tires. called the wrecker he came and used his winch.

if you where standing on the flat bed back against the cab looking backwards the winch line would come out between yer feet go to the end of the bed thru a snatch block, hook a right down to the ford. the driver would have been standing on your right down on the road in the dirt inside the 90 degree bend in the cable, half way back along the bed. he started winching and bam that snatch block snapped in half and the cable immediattly went straight from the winch to the ford. and in the mean time walloped that driver right across his left arm.. he said he was alright but he didnt use that right arm for as long as we where standing there, had not evenused it when we left 40 minutes later.

lucky me, I learned a lesson from someones elses mistake.

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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:46 PM   #7
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That sucks Gman. Bolt---> <---Gman
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Old January 24th, 2006, 02:52 PM   #8
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boy that really sucks.
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Perhaps nut boy took your bolt to bolt down his cab, and replaced it with a breadstick?

He was having a hard time finding bolts..
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Back when the tow trucks were pretty much all shaft and chain drive set ups it was pretty common to things go wrong . .20 cent key way cost you a job . dumb stuff no matter how much maintence you did . Today on moderen equipment its much more rare .

Iv had those days too Yetti , yesterday was one of them .

Took the GMC c6500 in for a new lead off the turbo , the shop ruined a brand new stear tire running over glass , ya there paying for it .

Yesterday was commonly known as a total cluster F day :tonka: :gman:
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Ya its a pin , i use 3/4 " hardened bolts for the pin . Prior to my owning the truck some dip shit put threaded rod in it as a pin which i was not aware . Thats some fine grade 2 material
You'd be a little stronger with a 3/4" hardened pin... and a bolt or two in the tool box for a backup... Did it sheer at the top of the threads? Or did it take the head off?
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Wow, if the Ken Worth is that monster that you have posted pictures of...wow.

Guess maybe you should have just had a Dodge 3500...I remember someone on another board claming his Dodge pulled out a 100,000 semi.:tonka: :tonka:
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Wow, if the Ken Worth is that monster that you have posted pictures of...wow.

Guess maybe you should have just had a Dodge 3500...I remember someone on another board claming his Dodge pulled out a 100,000 semi.:tonka: :tonka:

In the last week i have pulled to semis out that my Dodge 3500 could have pulled with out grunting . They sit on good solid drive and the warm tires sink in the ice . Both of those you would of had good odds of jerking them with a jeep . They litterally needed to move 3 or 4 inches to be unstuck .

Last night was a whole different can of worms though

These sctoch blocks just have a slot the chain link drips thru . Then a pin , or large bolt is stuck thru the link and tack welded . Thus an extra pin or bolt is no good with out torchs and a welder for repair .

I will make up an extra scotch block to store on the truck in the future though .
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