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Life imitates art...

By The_Dude

Well movie fans, it happened... The climactic scene in "The Big Lebowski" in the bowling alley parking lot happened to me yesterday evening, but it was at Pep Boys, not a bowling alley. I've been having trouble with the Torino running rough recently, so I popped the hood to see if I could figure out what was wrong.I saw signs of leakage around the carb, so I thought it might need a rebuild. 30 years with spotty maintenance at best will do that. I've never done one before, but I didn't think it would be that hard. (Besides, I have the Chilton's manual!) So off I went to Pep Boys in the Torino-I wanted to have the car there in case I needed to find out anything about it when I bought the rebuild kit. When I got to the store and parked, it was really stumbling all over itself. I shut it off and it ran on for a couple of seconds, then let out with a huge backfire through the carb... You can guess the rest. Leaky carb... Backfire... BOOM! I got away from it as fast as I could, and wasn't even singed, but the Big Lebowski wasn't as lucky... The car in the movie might have been doused in gas before the nihilists torched it, but, believe me, an old Torino burns just fine on its own. I'm sorry I can't post any pictures of the car in it's funeral pyre, but my camera was IN THE CAR! I'll have to see if I can get a few "after" pictures at the junkyard.

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Jul 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm
jebfastlane’s Profile Photo
Feb 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm
Glad you are ok, life is one big adventure, right?
chevy66babe’s Profile Photo
Jan 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Sorry to hear that. A friend of mine had a fire start under her hood on the highway and before the firemen could get there, the car was toast. She was told it was a leak in a fuel line that ignited. It wasn't a car that meant that much to her like yours, but it was still hard.
I want to see the new Eastwood movie-Gran Torino, but that would probably be too painful for you right now.
SNL71’s Profile Photo
Dec 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm
Man I know how you feel I lost a Nova that way one weekend at a Race Store here in Lincoln ( RACELAND) and it was a busy day
pops64’s Profile Photo
Dec 15, 2008 at 6:52 pm
look at the brite side you can get a corvair.
Wing_Nut_OOA’s Profile Photo
Nov 26, 2008 at 11:52 am
why does everything have to be such a travesty with you man?

just remember the chinaman is not the issue here.

and last but not least......

The Dude abides....
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Oct 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm
I just saw the movie for the first time last month, at the insistance of a co-worker, so the scene is still fresh in my mind. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have a car burn up. I know I'd be heartbroken if it had been one of mine. Hang in there, Dude.
Fezzik’s Profile Photo
Oct 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm
damn, sorry to hear that, man.
monkeewrench’s Profile Photo
Oct 20, 2008 at 11:32 am
Damn, hate that when that happens! Nothing can prepare you for things like an engine fire. Glad you weren't harmed, but just like losing one of the family...
no1camaro’s Profile Photo
Oct 20, 2008 at 1:08 am
WOW sorry to hear that.. But better the car then you..

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