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Old 10-13-2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Mike Bronzini from Brazel's RV ask me to post these photo a pickup the got left in 1st gear. Check out the new engine inspection holes.













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It's a 2003 Nissan Frontier 2WD V6. He left after having his coach upgraded,got 12 miles down the road before someone stopped him.He put it in neutral and towed it back here.We are installing an engine from Jasper & a transmission from Nissan.
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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Mike Bronzini from Brazel's RV ask me to post these photo a pickup the got left in 1st gear. Check out the new engine inspection holes.













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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">It's a 2003 Nissan Frontier 2WD V6. He left after having his coach upgraded,got 12 miles down the road before someone stopped him.He put it in neutral and towed it back here.We are installing an engine from Jasper & a transmission from Nissan. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:11 AM   #3
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Yikes!!!!!

Good reminder to always double check. We have a checklist that DW reads off to me after everything is hooked up. It includes making sure the tranny is in neutral and the parking brake is released.
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I need a few more specifics on that one. On my Jeep the tranny has got to be in gear when towing. The transfer case is in neutral though. What kind of pickup was this?

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I update the original post with a few more details.
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Dale;

I feel sorry for the guy.

It reminds me of what I did going to Myrtle Beach. Thankfully no damage done.

That is what can happen after installing UltraPower. The darn thing is so power full a driver can't feel the drag from a toad in 1st gear.

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I've got my own "DUMB!" tale like this. Back in 2000 I had a little standard tranny Ford Aspire to use solely as a dinghy. It was a real featherweight, but I wanted to be completely safe so just before a trip I bought an aux brake system for it. Started out from our home and sensed something was holding us back. Stopped and checked the new brake system, thinking I must have set it up wrong. Seemed to be OK, so we started out again. Pulled off the local street and tried to accelerate onto the highway and knew right away something was not right. Took my foot off the gas and started to pull off onto the shoulder when I heard a "BANG!" and saw smoke/steam? in the rear camera. Yeap, you guessed it. I had left it in first gear and threw a rod through the side of the block (transverse mount front drive) and into the radiator.

Man was I mad to have done something so dumb and compounded it by failing the check the gear position when I knew something was wrong. But I was focused on the NEW things (the newly installed brake) and had forgotten the rest of the towing procedure. Not once but twice.

Cost me almost $2000 to put a used engine and radiator in and then the clutch failed a month later, probably also overstressed. An expensive lesson I am unlikely to forget (and my wife would remind me if I did!).

Moral of the story is, Don't let new things distract you from your procedures. When you get new toys, be doubly careful about doing the old routine correctly.
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