Share the story of a subaru taken for a swim here

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by isquat, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. isquat

    isquat Guest

    I was reading this:
    http://www.landairandsea.com/exhibits/dutton/
    and realized that aside from a few inches of standing water
    I did not do much flotation in my Subarus.

    What was your most memorable experience of a subaru swim?
     
    isquat, Mar 1, 2007
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  2. isquat

    bgd Guest

    That is funny you ask!
    I decided to go fishing with a relative in my 87 subaru, all factory, 13
    inch wheels etc. We are taking it easy down the trails, couldn't help but
    notice it was getting aggressive, car was 3 wheeling in spots, creaking and
    moaning, as it was 15 years old at the time gaining rust holes.
    Anyway, we came to what we thought was a puddle. dove right in over the
    hood and water was plowing by the windsheild like a boat half submerged. The
    car made it due to solid bottom on trail.... being a carb model must have
    been a huge helper, the engine was soaked after checking and purring like a
    kitten with debris and water and mud dripping off of it. All oem had me
    smiling ..
    We went back thorugh the same hole on the way out.... about 3 feet deep for
    a couple of car lengths.
     
    bgd, Mar 1, 2007
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  3. isquat

    CompUser Guest

    Apology notwithstanding, this is a non-binary
    newsgroup...so that's what your jpg looked like.

    ;-)
     
    CompUser, Mar 2, 2007
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  4. isquat

    DS Guest

    Looks fine on my computer. I'm using Outlook Express to view newsgroups.

     
    DS, Mar 2, 2007
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  5. isquat

    isquat Guest

    Davidsc, please repost I don't see the message with the uuencoded pic
    in question. Alternatively post a link. Thanks.
     
    isquat, Mar 2, 2007
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  6. isquat

    Todd H. Guest

    It may work, but binaries in a text newsgroup area big no no.
     
    Todd H., Mar 2, 2007
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  7. isquat

    AS Guest

    Using netscape's mail and news viewer I can see the picture. That is a
    cold swim... wonder about shrinkage, lol
     
    AS, Mar 3, 2007
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  8. isquat

    isquat Guest

    I take it you're one of the starving children in africa
    with a uucp feed?
     
    isquat, Mar 3, 2007
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  9. There are plenty of people even in the First World who are online
    through pay-by-the-minute dial-up; it's really not uncommon outside
    North America. And, a lot of news servers now aren't carrying binary
    groups because of their size, or are making subscribers pay extra if
    they want the binary groups. (A very high fraction of the several
    terabytes per day of a full Usenet feed is binaries.)

    Outside the larger cities, cheap broadband access or unmetered local
    calling are not yet universally available for those who want it even in
    Europe, for whom including binaries in groups makes a significant
    difference: there you even find server-side anti-spam measures (and
    things like e-mail 'previewers') being very popular partly because it
    exactly lets them avoid paying for downloading it all. Count yourself
    lucky you don't, but to think you have to be 'one of the starving
    children in africa' for this sort of thing to be a concern is to be
    woefully misinformed.

    (I have broadband at home and at work, but I have to provide telephone
    support to people who don't.)

    -- Mark
     
    Mark T.B. Carroll, Mar 5, 2007
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  10. isquat

    S Guest

    Hi All!

    Well, not _quite_ the same thing, but . . .

    Last summer, coming home after a 5 day backpack trip, I decided to
    continue north along the Forest Service dirt road I had driven in on,
    rather than backtrack 30 miles into Basalt. According to my map, this
    would eventually take me to Eagle. Not particularly closer or
    anything, but I had never driven this stretch of road before; all the
    excuse I ever need.

    On this outing, I was driving my '90 AWD Legacy Wagon. The road was a
    bit rough in spots, but easily within the capabilities of the Legacy.
    Unknown to me, however, the thunderstorm that dampened the last mile
    or so of my hike out had reached epic proportions north of me, causing
    a flash flood across the road, and depositing knee-deep mud, rocks,
    and sundry vegetable debris in it's wake.

    When I approached this section of road, there was a Forest Service
    Ranger just turning her small truck around at the top of the mud
    slide. There were two jeeps that had attempted to cross stuck in
    chassis deep mud off to one side, and the jeep drivers were standing
    beside their vehicles, knee deep in red slime.

    The Ranger paused long enough to inform me that the road was closed
    until they could get a loader from Eagle to come clean up the mess;
    several hours, anyway.

    Sigh. Now it looked like I would _really_ have to back-track a long
    way, and tummy was telling me that it was well past lunch time. I
    hopped out to snap a couple fotos (sorry, don't have 'em available to
    post), and noticed that the jeep guys were trying to coax the driver
    of this huge 4X4 truck into wading out into the muck to rescue them.
    To my surprise, he actually started in, slipping, sliding, and
    bouncing over the random log. About mid way thru, he realized that he
    wasn't gonna be able to get close to the jeeps, at least not and still
    be able to drive out, and so with a mighty burst of diesel, he
    continued on across, managing to stay mostly on the crown of the road.

    About this point, I noticed that his heavy truck had left a nice clear
    set of ruts thru the worst of the mud, and further down it didn't
    appear to be as deep; perhaps 4-6 inches; passible if you could
    arrange to miss the logs and larger rocks. The ruts were filling in
    fairly rapidly, tho, and without much thought beyond "Well, if I get
    stuck, they'll have to pull me out, too.", I hopped back in my car,
    gunned the trusty 2.2, and nailed it. I don't think the jeep guys
    really figured I was gonna try to cross; they were waving frantically
    and yelling something as I blasted by, throwing mud from all four
    wheels. Thanks to the trucks passage, and a fair bit of momentum, I
    was able to sleaze thru the worst of the mud before hydroplaning
    (mudroplaning ?) set in and the car started to get sideways.

    What I should have done, most likely _would_ have done if I'd have
    thought about it ("if" . . . "thought" . . .) would have been lift
    off, and let the car settle into the mud; probably immobile, but safe
    and sound in the middle of the road. What I _did_ do, was mash the gas
    pedal to the floor and countersteer, which left me heading directly
    into what appeared to be a raft of sticks and small logs; obviously
    what had spurred the truck driver into greater efforts on his passage
    thru. To my unending surprise, the Soobie, still kinda sideways at
    this point, responded by actually climbing up on the debris, finding
    some traction, and leaping off, conveniently pointing in the direction
    I wanted to go. Bonk, clonk across a couple more logs, and I was
    cruising thru the last of the mud on the downhill side of the slide. I
    don't know who was more shocked; me, the jeepsters, or the ranger
    setting up a barricade at the bottom. The Legacy was covered with mud,
    and as I hadn't thought to roll up my side window (thought . . .?), so
    was I.

    Grinning like a madman as I motored past the speechless ranger, I
    waved, and shouted "The Beauty of All Wheel Drive!".

    Somewhere it is written that all good backpacking trips must end up
    with burgers and beer. Too late by now for anything but a
    burger-on-the-run at the Wendys in Eagle, but at least home for a
    real-food dinner.

    Soobie sez: "All in a days work!" :) I'm _still_ washing gobs of that
    red mud from the undercarriage, tho!

    ByeBye! S.
    Steve Jernigan KG0MB
    Laboratory Manager
    Microelectronics Research
    University of Colorado
    (719) 262-3101
     
    S, Mar 6, 2007
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  11. isquat

    AS Guest

    S:
    Great story, had a blast reading it, and it felt as if I was going
    through it, great narrative.
     
    AS, Mar 7, 2007
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