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Old Oct 22, 2014, 08:23 AM
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2016 Ford F-250 prototype burns to molten aluminum

Nuthin left of the body after the fire except molten aluminum, the magnesium explosions are pretty cool too.



2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Prototype BURNING! (1 min 52 sec)
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 08:46 AM
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I thought that was a Chevy thing.
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 08:57 AM
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Or a Pacer
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:01 AM
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Or a Pacer
Pinto?
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:03 AM
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Pinto?
Maybe - the one with the ugly as a bagful of ugly things with the big rear window
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:26 AM
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:35 AM
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Maybe - the one with the ugly as a bagful of ugly things with the big rear window
That's the Pacer, but the Pinto was the one here in America that was reputed (falsely) to be firetrap.

From Wiki: The Pinto's legacy was affected by media controversy and legal cases surrounding the safety of its fuel tank design, a recall of the car in 1978, and a later study examining actual incident data that concluded the Pinto was as safe as, or safer than, other cars in its class.[5]
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 09:53 AM
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Ouch, that was expensive!
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 10:41 AM
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There are a few Ferraris that have a habit of burning
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Aluminum melts at about 1,200F while steel is 2,800F, so the the future of molten aluminum piles by the side of the road looks promising. http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/me...als-d_860.html
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 11:08 AM
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In the UK there was a funny little 3 wheel car called the Reliant - 3 wheels were taxed as a motorcycle and you could drive one on a bike licence as it qualified as a motorbike and sidecar (hack to you guys)!

They were glass fibre (not fibreglass - that's a trade name...) and prone to catching fire because the fuel line was routed over the exhaust manifold (great thinking eh) so when it leaked - presto - up she went!

The engine was well back in the hood of the car to clear the central front wheel, so access was via three inspection covers in the transmission bulge in the car, this coming aft like a sports cars with a little stick shifter atop!

My chum was driving down the road in his when she gave a bit of a hiccup and a jerk, backfired a few times and then with a WHOOOOOMPH which sounded not unlike an F4 on ground attack in SE Asia back awhile, all three inspection covers blew into the cab and his leg was suddenly on fire!

Gets funnier (now.....) he was a big lad - he grabbed the door handle in panic (well you would wouldn't you) and being plastic, it snapped off in his hand leaving him trapped - so he wound down the window and dived out headfirst!

More amazing - these things usually burned out quickly - he ran 400 yards to a garage, grabbed an extinguisher and put it out - a week later and a bit of wiring work and she was up and running again!

Happy days!
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 11:13 AM
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Aluminum melts at about 1,200F while steel is 2,800F, so the the future of molten aluminum piles by the side of the road looks promising. http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/me...als-d_860.html
Depends on the alloying elements used with aluminum. Some of the Al alloys burn instead of melting so you end up with a lovely pile of ash.
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 11:55 AM
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On the upside, it looked like the mess could be removed easily with a dustpan and broom.
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 12:44 PM
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Enjoy.
Reliant Robin- Three Wheels Good, Two Wheels Not So Good (2 min 8 sec)
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Old Oct 22, 2014, 12:44 PM
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On the upside, it looked like the mess could be removed easily with a dustpan and broom.
Dustbuster. They had one in the chase car.
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