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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 4:49 pm 
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driveing home this morning doing 120kph and heard a real loud bang,and looked in my mirror and could see 1/2 my tail shaft,got to say it scared my like ive never been scared,the front 1/2 stayed in and smashed s**t out of my exhuast,fuel,lines and trans tunnel.just glad it didnt flip me when it dug into the road,it broke the shaft around the uni,wierd no warning what so ever no vibration nothing i was going a fair bit quicker just before it happened,dont know ive never seen it before :?

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 4:56 pm 
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Lucky the rear uni let go of it or it would have flipped. f**k that.
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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:02 pm 
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Damn. Well I have a spare tailshaft here. If you need it you can come by and pick it up =D

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EDIT: BTW what happened to the punctuation in that paragraph. Hard to make out the sentences.

 

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:03 pm 
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got a pic

 

 

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:05 pm 
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phongus wrote:
damn...well i have a spare tailshaft here... if you need it you can come by and pick it up =D

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thanks mate ive allready found one,plus lol i cant get to your joint coz my car doesnt go lol,dam im starting to hate cars,
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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:06 pm 
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f**k that man, you are so lucky, u didnt have a accident, means that u can upgrade to a 2 piece one so it doesnt happen again.got any pics of damage to underside of car. I am curious to see what the damage would look like.

 

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:07 pm 
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Hasnt anyone seen mythbusters? It doesnt flip the car! At least, not in america. They even had trouble trying to get it to dig into the ground. Not sure why it didnt spin to the side but?

 

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:13 pm 
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f**k that man, you are so lucky, u didnt have a accident, means that u can upgrade to a 2 piece one so it doesnt happen again.got any pics of damage to underside of car. I am curious to see what the damage would look like.
no pics under yet as my cars still where it happened lol,ill take some when i fix it just towed it into farmers house my old man new,ive never liked the idea of alloy tail shafts,but if it had of been steel it wouldnt have broke away near the uni and i would ptobally have a real bad head ach lol.must admit the a** valve was squeezed shut for a minute when i relised what it was,
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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 5:57 pm 
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Andrew J wrote:
Hasnt anyone seen mythbusters? It doesnt flip the car! At least, not in america. They even had trouble trying to get it to dig into the ground. Not sure why it didnt spin to the side but?


yeah but everything like that cant be re-created as easily as mythbusters try to do it...lol...good to see you're okay dude

 

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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 6:47 pm 
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how come the tailshafts in the EB onward break? did ford decide to go cheap and put it weaker units? Don't hear any of the old fords that are worked breaking tailshafts.
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Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 9:20 pm 
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I don't know about Myth busters but an old holdern snaped a tailshaft and it tore the car apart and killed the 5 passangers. The found the tail shaft dug into the road then flipped the car the motor was 150 metres from the front of the car and the rear was 70 mtrs from the front.

It can happed just not a offen sat 1 in 20 that the tail shaft or uni brake but I think it would be the front uni or front area of the shaft.

 

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Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 11:07 am 
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here in bendigo 5 yrs ago a car load of teenages where drivin on dirt roads in a cortina when the tailshaft let go the car rolled hit a tree a fire broke out and four died, its not a myth a broken tailshaft is a bad thing, you are lucky and unlucky at the same time v8fordman351
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Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 10:13 pm 
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an old holden snapped a tail shaft and it tore the car apart and killed the 5 passengers.
apparantly EH's were pretty bad for breaking tailshafts - my mate who owns an EH wagon, said he'd heard of it a few times

 

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Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 11:51 pm 
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far out that would be scary as.
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Posted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:37 pm 
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just fixed my car allmost no damage to the floor pan a few little dints in the exhaust,broke one fuel line clamp,so all in all i was lucky,but i did notice the balancer thing at the front of the shaft was cracked through and had spun wich would put the tail shaft right out of balance im guessing,i think only wagons had the balancer,but if you got one might be worth having a quick look at its condition,either that or basically i had been going a bit quick on a back road and my wagon is fairly low,maybe shock from hitting bump stops,lol dont know just dont want it to happen again (to anyone) but i do have a 3 peice tailshaft for a eb wagon if anyone wants one lol
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