Well everyone has that moment where you realize
A: My heart rate just found 400BPM,
B: I am a complete retard, and
C: Please god make it stop.
My first one in the Ranger was today. I was playing with the brakes, as the 3rd and different master cylinder seems to be leaking out the rear of the bore. I took the whole deal off to look at it, and try to figure it out, and was about 99%
finished buttoning up, when my buddy Jeff, the Ford tech stops by to program the new PCM. We get that done and decide to take it for a quick spin.....99% done.....We take it out on the street, and its a beast, and only running on stock f-250 6.0 programming, yet it still gets sideways, and pins you to the seat.....99%. We turn a corner onto a straight stretch with no houses for quite a while with a stop sign at the end, then a school zone after the stop. 99% I get on it hard, and it spins through first and second, then grabs pretty good in third, and we start accelerating pretty damned fast. 99% I get out of it about 55 mph, and hit the brakes.......:bang
the 1% was the cotter pin that holds the brake lever to the pedal.......Yes, I know I am an idiot! I told Jeff, oh chit, no brakes, and he laughs, till he realizes I am serious. We were still a lOOOOONG way from the stop, but getting there at 45MPH. I grabbed the lever,a nd pulled it to 1st gear, and thank god it went right to 1st and basically skidded to about 15 MPH, then started to slow fast. I popped it into nuetral and coasted to about 5 mph, and tsince it was a slight down hill, I popped it into reverse, and it slowed, then stopped. Right to park. When I could stand, I got out, and saw the cotter pin sitting on the floorboard. I quickly put it back in, and we decided we had had enough for the day. LOL Here is a quick video just after. You can hear jeff ask, "GOt brakes" as we approach the stop.
I will always, complete 100% before I get distracted again. Maybe a checklist like the airplane for my sorry ***.
Quick little 1st and second hit.