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2013-05-01 09:44:42 AM
<insert Fire Marshall Bill pic>
 
2013-05-01 10:00:39 AM
Water on a gas fire?
 
2013-05-01 10:17:42 AM
"And lo, through the flames did come the voice of Meatus: Get me to thy doctor"
 
2013-05-01 10:24:32 AM
I'll be the first to publicly admit I know nothing about engines, or cars. But wouldn't trying to start the engine again, while it's on fire, be a bad idea? Is there some sort of trick to make the fire be put out by making the engine turn over that I don't know about?

I DO know a thing or two about fires, and blowing on a fire that big is bad, very bad. Also as pointed out above, water on gas fire is usually bad news.

Basically everything this guy did was in the completely wrong. I wouldn't have tried to start it when I saw that first big spark fly out right at the beginning.
 
2013-05-01 10:27:55 AM
Jesus, the Darwin Award would be too good for this idiot.
 
2013-05-01 10:57:45 AM
I laughed a bit too much.

Gotta hand it to him though, continuing to try to start it up while it was on fire, after singing his hands twice, takes real dedication.

Also of note: Rescuing the open gas can and taking it outside while it was on fire. Lucky, lucky, bastard.
 
2013-05-01 10:57:49 AM
Evidently I have fuel and spark...
 
2013-05-01 11:58:24 AM

GiantBat: <insert Fire Marshall Bill pic>


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSxlTFc6aZA Fire Marshall Bill video
 
2013-05-01 12:27:02 PM

SomeTexan: Water on a gas fire?


I'm impressed at how many things he did wrong in such a short span.

At least he kept the camera still.
 
2013-05-01 01:22:02 PM
yeah.. I laughed a little too hard as well.

A) Appears he was starting it without headers or exhaust manifolds - always a smart move. Used to do this on class 8 trucks to find dead/weak/slobbering holes.. but there also wasn't anything within a couple feet of the exhaust ports. I learned not to do this from my father who lit his 59 Corvette on fire - on his birthday no less - by starting it without manifolds.

B) Has the prerequisite Summit Racing or Vato-Zone shiatty Dr Inferno underhood totally non-vibration resistant pressure gauge so this fire was happening anyway, sooner or later.

C) If you slow the footage down you can literally see the fire follow the path of the Driftmaster's Cletus approved fuel line, around the back of the engine to the fuel pump then up to the manifold and carb. Christ..how much fuel did he spill rigging this up and did it occur to him that maybe he should have given it a few minutes to flash off?

D) I loved how after the fire started and he tried to refire it for some inexplicable reason - hey buddy, it's not a P51 mustang, you're not gonna "dive" an engine fire out - the engine seem to crank over faster, as if to say " Jesus Christ it's a fire - get out of the car !! ",   then  the solenoid's click  click clickclick  as if the engine had succumbed to the flames.

E) I totally lost it and got the " your coworkers think you are insane" look when he whipped the Heatmizer™ fuel line out of the gas can - what did he think that would do, other than siphon gas into a puddle on the floor that would soon erupt into more flames,  and why the heck didn't it click in his head that THAT was the time to grab the can and run?  Then once the fire on the floor lit up he jostles the can and dumps even more fuel all over.

 Drifting seems to attract a lot of people who have zero business picking up a wrench..
 
2013-05-01 02:46:44 PM
At least he washed the back of the car before trying to extinguish the fire.
 
2013-05-01 02:49:18 PM
Here's a nice little update on that story.

http://jalopnik.com/idiot-kid-explains-why-he-caught-on-fire-working -o n-h-486127646

Some pics not safe for lunch...
 
2013-05-01 06:14:39 PM

Ironman273: Here's a nice little update on that story.

http://jalopnik.com/idiot-kid-explains-why-he-caught-on-fire-working -o n-h-486127646

Some pics not safe for lunch...


The stupid. It burns
 
2013-05-01 09:36:11 PM
I have been where he was.   Luckily, I didn't have the same kind of luck he had.   I feel bad for him.   I bet that he is a little more careful in the future.
 
2013-05-02 02:23:57 AM

Ironman273: Here's a nice little update on that story.

http://jalopnik.com/idiot-kid-explains-why-he-caught-on-fire-working -o n-h-486127646

Some pics not safe for lunch...


Ok so that answers a question I had earlier about why he tried to restart the motor after it was on fire.

"Well my supervisor at work specifically told me that if the carburetor ever caught on fire, just kill fuel and the spark and to keep on cranking so the fire would get ducked back into the motor so that's what I did and it didn't work. (The fuel pump) was still going momentarily because I was freaking out and I accidentally hit the switch and when I realized it was going I immediately turned it off and tried cranking it again and that's when the starter locked up on me"

Can any gearheads confirm if this is true? Cranking a motor makes a fire go out?
 
2013-05-02 05:30:38 AM

JesterJoker55: Ironman273: Here's a nice little update on that story.

http://jalopnik.com/idiot-kid-explains-why-he-caught-on-fire-working -o n-h-486127646

Some pics not safe for lunch...

Ok so that answers a question I had earlier about why he tried to restart the motor after it was on fire.

"Well my supervisor at work specifically told me that if the carburetor ever caught on fire, just kill fuel and the spark and to keep on cranking so the fire would get ducked back into the motor so that's what I did and it didn't work. (The fuel pump) was still going momentarily because I was freaking out and I accidentally hit the switch and when I realized it was going I immediately turned it off and tried cranking it again and that's when the starter locked up on me"

Can any gearheads confirm if this is true? Cranking a motor makes a fire go out?


A carb fire maybe if the car backfired through the carb.  Not that mess he had on his hands.
 
2013-05-02 06:58:37 AM

relaxitsjustme: JesterJoker55: Ironman273: Here's a nice little update on that story.

http://jalopnik.com/idiot-kid-explains-why-he-caught-on-fire-working -o n-h-486127646

Some pics not safe for lunch...

Ok so that answers a question I had earlier about why he tried to restart the motor after it was on fire.

"Well my supervisor at work specifically told me that if the carburetor ever caught on fire, just kill fuel and the spark and to keep on cranking so the fire would get ducked back into the motor so that's what I did and it didn't work. (The fuel pump) was still going momentarily because I was freaking out and I accidentally hit the switch and when I realized it was going I immediately turned it off and tried cranking it again and that's when the starter locked up on me"

Can any gearheads confirm if this is true? Cranking a motor makes a fire go out?

A carb fire maybe if the car backfired through the carb.  Not that mess he had on his hands.


Yeah, its pretty common to see a fireball shoot out of the carb during a backfire which is easily tamed by continuing to crank the engine. But that's only when its coming from the carb NOT WHEN ITS ALL OVER THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENGINE! That's when you go and find an extinguisher or a blanket to smother it or something, not stand there and blow on it like a dolt. Lesson learned I guess.

/dudes lucky his entire garage didn't blow up
 
2013-05-02 09:31:18 AM

SomeTexan: Water on a gas fire?


With all the dumb moves he made, he had either enough sense or enough plain dumb luck to use the hose nozzle in "mist" mode, one way that water can work on a gasoline fire.

A rule of thumb from a buddy who is a firefighter:  in case of emergency, you lose 50 IQ points.
 
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