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244tiCanuck
01-31-2008, 11:23 AM
Fire investigator said it was the battery charger. God damn this weather.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/ElectricJesus/RIP850002.jpg

You can see where I was shoveling snow under the hood before the fire truck showed up, it mostly put the fire out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/ElectricJesus/RIP850001.jpg

JustFord0099
01-31-2008, 11:39 AM
damn that really really sucks :-(

Rockmonton
01-31-2008, 11:49 AM
Dibs?!?

****ty deal, because i used the same battery charger a couple weeks ago on my van...

244tiCanuck
01-31-2008, 12:07 PM
Dibs?!?

****ty deal, because i used the same battery charger a couple weeks ago on my van...

Yeah, we might be buying that van off you Erik. It's just ****ty, because my car has as-yet unknown issues too. I'm gonna get the 940 running and give it to my dad most likely. **** damnit this is the last thing we needed.

Alex Buchka
01-31-2008, 01:11 PM
The engine itself is still usable. Install it in your 940.

MrBill
01-31-2008, 01:16 PM
The engine itself is still usable. Install it in your 940.

ah yes, just install it and drive off

badvlvo
01-31-2008, 02:36 PM
ah yes, just install it and drive off

It IS that simple.

MrBill
01-31-2008, 08:49 PM
It IS that simple.

kinda like saying
"we'll just go out and set up a beacon of democracy"

Karl Buchka
01-31-2008, 09:57 PM
ah yes, just install it and drive off

What? No.

MrBill
01-31-2008, 10:08 PM
What? No.

that was /sarcasm

norcal505
01-31-2008, 10:42 PM
damn that really sucks.

Rockmonton
01-31-2008, 10:45 PM
well, they've now got themselves a turbo minivan to play with!

i hope we can buy the car back off the insurance company. those tires were brand new, and i reckon there's a lot of good parts to retrofit onto the 264.

244tiCanuck
01-31-2008, 10:58 PM
I guess if we buy it back, I can scam the front bumper for the 940 (the bumper didn't melt) and possibly use the rims too. Brand new bilstien (less than 2000kms) shocks and struts, I'm sure we can sell those to someone, rear spoiler w/taillight, etc...

Looking foreward to toying with the 2.5 turbo minivan. I've already got my dad talked into intercooling it with a Volvo intercooler.:-D

Rockmonton
02-01-2008, 12:06 AM
pffft i'd stick the 850 bumper on the 240 :P

slammed145
02-01-2008, 02:51 AM
Fire investigator said it was the battery charger.


Oh crap, I have a car that sits on the battery charger for long periods of time. did he say HOW the battery charger may have been a problem?

244tiCanuck
02-01-2008, 03:01 AM
Well, the negative clip was melted into the top of the battery, right beside the post, and the positive one was still connected. So the theory is, that because the hood was mostly closed, the hydrogen from the charging process, combined with a spark from the clip coming undone by some unknown reason, probably ignited just enough to light the hood liner, which spread the fire the **** all over. Or something. When I got out there, I just unplugged the block heater and charger, grabbed a scoop shovel, and started shoveling snow under the sides of the hood, as the flames were coming out about 3 feet high, and opening it would probably make it flare up. Then when it was soaked down pretty good, I flicked the hood open the rest of the way with the shovel and shoveled more snow in. It was out by the time the FD showed up.

Mark
02-01-2008, 03:08 AM
No one who hadn't lived there would believe how many fires you can have at below -30.

Sucks about the car. :-(


M.

244tiCanuck
02-01-2008, 03:10 AM
And I did it all in my pajamas with no shirt on. In -30C weather. Saved the garage though.

Rockmonton
02-01-2008, 09:27 AM
lol, how long ago did that almost burn down? you guys have ****ty luck there with fire!

244tiCanuck
02-01-2008, 01:10 PM
'twas about 10 years ago that the monte carlo burnt in the garage

turbowagoneer940
02-01-2008, 01:32 PM
sorry for your loss dude!
it happened to me once with a 240, i remove the battery every time since...

suterman
02-01-2008, 04:07 PM
Sorry to see that.


So what exactly do you do the when its -30? How long is the weather so crappy for?

McLovin
02-01-2008, 07:55 PM
ah yes, just install it and drive off

Plug and Play baby.

Rockmonton
02-01-2008, 09:32 PM
Sorry to see that.


So what exactly do you do the when its -30? How long is the weather so crappy for?

haha, it's a random function, it can be like this for weeks on end, or just a few days. really depends on the year/ the position of the stars and the moon.

slammed145
02-03-2008, 01:52 PM
Well, the negative clip was melted into the top of the battery, right beside the post, and the positive one was still connected. So the theory is, that because the hood was mostly closed, the hydrogen from the charging process, combined with a spark from the clip coming undone by some unknown reason, probably ignited just enough to light the hood liner, which spread the fire the **** all over.

Damn, thanks for the explaination man. The car I keep on the charger is a 66 VW bug, which has the battery under the back seat. Plenty of flammable materials all over the place in the interior. Thanks to your warning, I will find a safer way to keep the battery charged. I am soooo sorry about your car, but thank you for opening my eyes!

B Mac66
02-03-2008, 02:21 PM
Wow man, sorry to see this. That's a good looking car, and crap like this isn't really fair. :-(

canadiangt
02-07-2008, 02:29 AM
The firefighters were probably tucked into a nice breakfast when that happened. Lazy bastards.
My dislike for firefighters aside, (yes, I do remember 911), Dibs on the front seats.