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(KHOU Houston)   This is exactly why you don't take your vintage Corvette to Sam's Club for some tire work   (khou.com) divider line 176
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24437 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Dec 2013 at 9:35 AM (16 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-12-25 09:37:07 AM
Done in zero.
 
2013-12-25 09:38:24 AM
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2013-12-25 09:38:42 AM
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2013-12-25 09:39:22 AM
There are LOTS of ways to "mess up tires".  And fiberglass.
 
2013-12-25 09:40:51 AM
"How can you mess up tires?"

--says the woman who's never changed a tire.
 
2013-12-25 09:42:24 AM
You should take it to Sears instead....oh wait.
 
2013-12-25 09:45:57 AM
So a guy got his hand stuck in the lift when the lift malfunctioned, and another worker had to lift or push on the car to free the first guy. No word on the injuries sustained (if any) but "OMG Car!"
 
2013-12-25 09:47:29 AM
Why would you take a car like that to a place where they are barely qualified?

I can't even imagine Sam's Club would have decent performance tires I'd want on a car like that.

And that Mustang with the huge cobra sticker looks tacky.
 
2013-12-25 09:47:37 AM
What, the night-duty nurse forgot to change your bedpan? Santa didn't bring you your Potion of Youth? Quit being a chucklefark and stick a cork in this bullshiat threadjack or we'll see you after Christmas.
 
2013-12-25 09:48:08 AM
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2013-12-25 09:48:55 AM
Well at least this guy's priorities are straight the workers damaged the car when trying to remove a workers hand from the lift that was holding the car. Ya, the worker shouldn't have gotten stuck but come on... And cost o already said their insurance is looking at it. This douche went to the news for this?
 
2013-12-25 09:49:33 AM

chewd: "How can you mess up tires?"

--says the woman who's never changed a tire.


Well, it was "right there by the house." What could go wrong?
 
2013-12-25 09:51:29 AM
"The damage was not obvious, but there were cracks and loose connections. The repairs will cost between $39,000 - $60,000 "

*cough BULLSHT cough*

But seriously, don't take your classic to a discount operation.
 
2013-12-25 09:53:31 AM
Let's see...a guy got his hand stuck. Another worker (as near as I can tell) lifted, or moved in some other way, the car. Sam's club has acknowledged the incident and is investigating.

Honestly, the only thing I see here to be even mildly upset about is that the story is about a car and not about a malfunctioning lift that apparently injured someone. (Or not...the story is very lacking in details).
 
2013-12-25 09:53:36 AM
Can someone with more experience chime in here but when I have seen fiberglass parts crack under stress the paint tends to chip and craze around it.  That crack has clean paint.  Was that already cracked when it was painted?  Second how could pushing the front fender crack the back of the car? Are Corvettes that fragile?
 
2013-12-25 09:53:46 AM
How is this guy shifting the clutch with his left leg in that cast? And that Cobra emblem on the hood of the Mustang in the garage is oh so cheesy.
 
2013-12-25 09:54:16 AM
How do you apply pressure to fiberglass from a car lift? The traditional ones I think of are the bottom elevated lift that puts a non-slip lifting pad on the under-frame of the car.
 
2013-12-25 09:55:48 AM
I don't even trust tire shops with a 2000 ford explorer. When I need tires I bring the old mounted tires in loose from the car, have the tires swapped, and put them on at home.

I could never imagine taking a car like that to, well, anyone.
 
2013-12-25 09:55:56 AM
Why would you allow a vintage car to be put on a frame lift?  You're just asking for problems.
I'm trying to understand why this guy who apparently deals with vintage cars, would bother with Sam's club for tires.

/you get what you pay for
 
2013-12-25 09:57:01 AM
This will be a long legal battle for this couple.
 
2013-12-25 09:58:28 AM

the_celt: Why would you allow a vintage car to be put on a frame lift?  You're just asking for problems.
I'm trying to understand why this guy who apparently deals with vintage cars, would bother with Sam's club for tires.

/you get what you pay for


Well, it WAS right there by the house.
 
2013-12-25 09:59:06 AM
You don't take much of any car to any shop nowadays.  They are all a bunch of lazy shiats.  Do everything you possibly can at home. I recently took my car to America's Tire and the monkeys there took a farking grinder of some sort to the inside of my alloy wheels, apparently to create a clean/smooth spot to attach some weights.  Too damn lazy to take a bit of solvent and rub a bit so they chose to destroy the finish on the wheels.  Last time I ever go there.
 
2013-12-25 10:01:06 AM

Badmoodman: How is this guy shifting the clutch with his left leg in that cast? And that Cobra emblem on the hood of the Mustang in the garage is oh so cheesy.


And did you notice how the car cover is oh so strategically placed to show off that stupid cobra sticker?  The guy also comes off as a bit of a tool. Wife is also tacky as hell.
 
2013-12-25 10:01:40 AM

Thingster: When I need tires I bring the old mounted tires in loose from the car, have the tires swapped, and put them on at home.


I may be a noob for saying this, but the mechanics of this aren't readily apparent.
 
2013-12-25 10:03:39 AM
Definitely falls under the "White people's problems" category.
 
2013-12-25 10:04:16 AM

chewd: "How can you mess up tires?"

--says the woman who's never changed a tire.


I've changed plenty of tires.  I don't know how you can mess them up either.
 
2013-12-25 10:05:17 AM
I went to the local tire guy, just to rotate tires.  He overtightened the bolts and all my brakes had warped by the time I drove home.
 
2013-12-25 10:08:16 AM
What's the problem?  Accidents happen and Sams Club has not denied responsibility, so basically this is just a story about an unfortunate incident some douche wants to call attention to himself.

$39-$60K in damage?  Really?  I am calling BS on this guy's "professional" estimate.
 
2013-12-25 10:08:41 AM
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2013-12-25 10:08:58 AM
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2013-12-25 10:09:28 AM

Ima4nic8or: You don't take much of any car to any shop nowadays.  They are all a bunch of l...


Now now... there are shops that specialize in classic cars & the like, & they will treat your car like a faberge egg.

Its a little bit more expensive than sams club though.

I have a couple of vintage volkswagens, and if you know old volkswagens, you know you have to be VERY careful about where you put jacks & such underneath them. Theres no way in hell i'd let some walmart flunkies try to put them up on a frame lift... & they're nowhere near as valuable as this corvette.

When i need to, I pay the extra & take it to a place that knows old vw's.
 
2013-12-25 10:10:25 AM

jpo2269: What's the problem?  Accidents happen and Sams Club has not denied responsibility, so basically this is just a story about an unfortunate incident some douche wants to call attention to himself.

$39-$60K in damage?  Really?  I am calling BS on this guy's "professional" estimate.


I'm also wondering if there was prior damage and the guy is using this "incident" to make his car whole again.
 
2013-12-25 10:11:15 AM
However, the lift started malfunctioning and an employee hot his hand stuck

Yeah, the guy could have been seriously injured or killed,  but we're all very upset that your car was damaged.
 
2013-12-25 10:13:20 AM
Sam's Club didn't get to be where they are by being professionals in meeting customer needs.

They got there by being thrifty, by selling a jar of pickles cheaper than every other jar of pickles in town.

They put qualified professionals out of business by selling tires cheaper, and now you're biatching about farking up your Corvette? Seriously?

Excuse me whilst I laugh even harder...
 
2013-12-25 10:13:21 AM
Oh, look.....another threadshiat by QA. Must be a day ending in "y". yawn.........
 
2013-12-25 10:13:42 AM

jpo2269: What's the problem?  Accidents happen and Sams Club has not denied responsibility, so basically this is just a story about an unfortunate incident some douche wants to call attention to himself.

$39-$60K in damage?  Really?  I am calling BS on this guy's "professional" estimate.


yeah. you can buy the whole car for that. and all for a few cracks in the fiberglass? that's bullshiat. you can sand, resin and repaint the thing for a lot less than that.
 
2013-12-25 10:15:19 AM
That car sells for between $30-60K, depending on condition. You'd figure the seller could have thrown a new set of tires on it.
 
2013-12-25 10:16:25 AM

vernonFL: However, the lift started malfunctioning and an employee hot his hand stuck

Yeah, the guy could have been seriously injured or killed,  but we're all very upset that your car was damaged.


Feh.  Thousands of new mechanics and their hands are born every day.  That year Corvette hasn't been built in about 45 years and probably never will be again.  One is irreplaceable the other is not.
 
2013-12-25 10:16:26 AM
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2013-12-25 10:17:24 AM

Glitchwerks: Why would you take a car like that to a place where they are barely qualified?

I can't even imagine Sam's Club would have decent performance tires I'd want on a car like that.

And that Mustang with the huge cobra sticker looks tacky.


Given the dreadful bias-ply tires that were on the car when it was delivered, any modern tire is a step up. It had 15 inch rims. You'd need to change the rims to get what we think of now as a performance tire.  For comparison, my Subaru has 16 inch; my wife's SUV has 18s.
 
2013-12-25 10:18:08 AM
At least Wal Mart has the financial backing to make things right.

There are some tire places around here I wouldn't let touch a 70s Pinto.

Lift accidents happen.  One shop damn near dropped my dad's 1974 Buick LeSabre on the ground because it shifted.  That car would have dented the shop floor.
 
2013-12-25 10:20:14 AM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: How do you apply pressure to fiberglass from a car lift? The traditional ones I think of are the bottom elevated lift that puts a non-slip lifting pad on the under-frame of the car.


maybe they placed the pads in the wrong location?

instead of the frame maybe on the under body?
 
2013-12-25 10:22:15 AM

Glitchwerks: Why would you take a car like that to a place where they are barely qualified?

I can't even imagine Sam's Club would have decent performance tires I'd want on a car like that.

And that Mustang with the huge cobra sticker looks tacky.


That model came with rather standard tires usually BFG Radial T/A's.  There really weren't high performance tires back in the 60's.  

This guy is a prick, at no point does he even pretend to care that the guy got his hand stuck and to be honest part of me has to wonder if some of those cracks were preexisting. 

Having work in the tire business for a quite a few years it always amazed me the vehicles people bring in to general retail tire shops.
 
2013-12-25 10:22:28 AM

wichitaleaf: Done in zero.


Exactly.  There's no reason for this thread to exist.  This was a total non-event.

Merry Xmas.
 
2013-12-25 10:24:59 AM

Ravage: So a guy got his hand stuck in the lift when the lift malfunctioned, and another worker had to lift or push on the car to free the first guy. No word on the injuries sustained (if any) but "OMG Car!"


Exactly!! Fark this douche bag and his toy.
 
2013-12-25 10:28:18 AM
The damage was not obvious, but there were cracks and loose connections. The repairs will cost between $39,000 - $60,000.

Bullshiat. You can buy another one for less then that
 
2013-12-25 10:31:23 AM
Jankyboy,

I think you might be on to something with your question...

Hobodelux,

Judging by the picture, it wasn't "restored" to original condition, so I would guess that Vette would probably be coming in at the lower end of your estimate.....
 
2013-12-25 10:32:07 AM

Ima4nic8or: vernonFL: However, the lift started malfunctioning and an employee hot his hand stuck

Yeah, the guy could have been seriously injured or killed,  but we're all very upset that your car was damaged.

Feh.  Thousands of new mechanics and their hands are born every day.  That year Corvette hasn't been built in about 45 years and probably never will be again.  One is irreplaceable the other is not.


One is important and the other is just a car
 
2013-12-25 10:34:22 AM
"Your car? Yeah, I've got my three best guys on it right now."
 
2013-12-25 10:34:28 AM
I took my SL 500 to Big O and they wouldn't touch it. Finally ended up going to the dealer
 
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