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  1. #26
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    Default Re: IDIOT Mistake - Backwards Battery

    Quote Originally Posted by faster View Post
    Now take that good luck and put it to good use.


    30 years ago I was helping some guy in a parking lot as I happened to have my tools in the van. I put my socket tray on the top of the radiator shroud while I tightened the ground strap on the block as his car would not start and I noticed the connection at the block arcing (it was dark) while I jumped his car. He's trying to lean in to see what I'm doing and slides the tool tray over the battery. The battery exploded to the sound of my 357 magnum in my left ear. The heavy tool tray saved me and deflected the shrapnel and acid but hearing in my left ear is still screwed up.

    Mikey
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    Default Re: IDIOT Mistake - Backwards Battery

    I remember back in collage I was hooking up a jump pack to start a car. Being I was taught red was positive and black was ground, I hooked up the jump pack that way. Well I guess the owner rebuilt the engine a few months back and used a red cable as his ground and black cable as his positive. Yeah it started to smoke a bit then I took it off to see what was going on. That's when I realized what the guy did.
    all this traveling for work is getting in the way of my Buick time.
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  3. #28
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    Default Re: IDIOT Mistake - Backwards Battery

    Quote Originally Posted by John Codman View Post
    All major US manufacturers went to 12V by 1956. All were negative ground.
    I think DeSoto was 12v positive ground in '56. I can't confirm this at the moment, but I bet someone on the HAMB knows. A former auto club of mine has a 2-Door Sportsman with the Hemi, and I vaguely remember it being positive ground, but I don't remember if it was originally 12v, or if it was converted.
    John "Hutch" Skierka
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    '70 Skylark Resto- Era correct street machine buildup; panel paint and all . . .
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    Default Re: IDIOT Mistake - Backwards Battery

    Quote Originally Posted by faster View Post
    Now take that good luck and put it to good use.


    30 years ago I was helping some guy in a parking lot as I happened to have my tools in the van. I put my socket tray on the top of the radiator shroud while I tightened the ground strap on the block as his car would not start and I noticed the connection at the block arcing (it was dark) while I jumped his car. He's trying to lean in to see what I'm doing and slides the tool tray over the battery. The battery exploded to the sound of my 357 magnum in my left ear. The heavy tool tray saved me and deflected the shrapnel and acid but hearing in my left ear is still screwed up.

    Mikey
    Holy crap!!
    Patrick Marquis

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