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Close call with a couple of deer !!!
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So my heart is still in my stomach!! I was driving my 73 Mach 1 tonight, heading north on Keystone Rd. It is a winding country road, about 7:45 tonight, that is pretty much just before dusk in Northern Illinois, and out from the bushes on the left come 2 deer on the run across the road. They were so close I didn't see them out the front windshield, I saw them out my drivers side window!!! I hit the hooks, cut it to the right and locked em up!!! I can't believe I missed them, they were so close to the front of my car I couldn't even see their legs !!!! My wife just started breathing normal 10 min. ago!!!! I have to say I really thought we had no chance to miss them, but with my Steve McQueen like reflexes Cool, I was fortunate enough to avoid the contact !! Big Grin

1973 Mach 1 Q code, 4 speed toploader w/3.70 traction lock
Freshly rebuilt with boss closed chambered heads, flat top pistons, adjustable roller rockers, Erson flat tappet cam, ARP bolts thru out, 10/10 crank, port plates, edelbrock performer intake, Holley 4160 750cfm duel feed, Hooker Comp. full length headers, custom h-pipe to dual Hooker mufflers. Specs out to 415 H.P.[quote]In the words of Ricky Bobby, " If you ain't first your last" Ha, Ha, Ha Tongue
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#2
I bet that was a heart stopping experience. I always drive my 73 with a lot of extra caution around other vehicles, but deer are hard to anticipate.



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#3
Glad you did not mess up you're ride!!...My cousins wife hit a deer last year there family car...He pulled a chunk of meat out of the grill bigger than a pot roast when the tow truck got it home....destroyed the front clip, radiator, windshield.

My dad told me he was following his freind up the continental divide pass on a harley at night few years ago...Suddenly he said it was like a airplane crash..He seen a bit of crome and stuff flying...Well a big buck jumped out infront of his freind at 50mph..he hit it dead on...lifted him off the seat and brung him too a dead stop..Knocked the deer off into the brush...Bent his fender and lost some chrome on his bagger...but they just bent it back out and kept going on...lol..You get a lucky one sometimes.
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#4
Wow, glad you didn't hit it. That's crazy!

Steve



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#5
Glad you and the car are ok.
About 15 years ago I almost rolled an Audi Quattro after hitting a deer. I got the car fishtailing after I tried to avoid the animal and lost controll because I overdid it. After I had made a 180 turn, I flew sideways off the road into a field that was lower than the road (taking a fence with me while airborne) and hit the field with the two driver side wheels first. The wheels dug into the soil and the passenger side started to rise.
The slide came to a stop just as the car was going to roll on the side, so it stood on two wheels for a few seconds and then slowly fell back on all four.
Since that day, I dread the next encounter.
Oh, by the way, the Audi only had two dents on the driver side because of the fence posts it hit but no other damage. Even the deer had not left a dent, only a scratch on the hood. No broken glass or headlights and most of all no damage to the suspension.
After the guys at the body shop had removed about ten lbs of soil and grass from the undercarriage, I drove that car (with the dents) for another two years after the incident. Talk about quality!!

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I really couldn't care less about the deer! I was thinking about the damage to my ride the entire time I was sliding closer and closer to them!Confused Then once they were clear, I was thinking about how far down the ditch I was going to end up!Undecided Luckily all ended well, no damage, no ditch, maybe some new underwear are in orderTongue

1973 Mach 1 Q code, 4 speed toploader w/3.70 traction lock
Freshly rebuilt with boss closed chambered heads, flat top pistons, adjustable roller rockers, Erson flat tappet cam, ARP bolts thru out, 10/10 crank, port plates, edelbrock performer intake, Holley 4160 750cfm duel feed, Hooker Comp. full length headers, custom h-pipe to dual Hooker mufflers. Specs out to 415 H.P.[quote]In the words of Ricky Bobby, " If you ain't first your last" Ha, Ha, Ha Tongue
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#7
that's good that it was a no harm done encounter ... better then my trip back from Dallas about a year and a half ago I had hit 3 deer in a span of about 90 min. Of coarse my dually has a 300 lbs grill guard but still...


I had hit (more like winged) the first one in the passing lane doing about 70 -75 freaking my passenger out and about 15-20 min later did the same thing in the right hand lane and marshal was a little bit more enthusiastic this time because he saw my reaction or lack there of to the first hit. The best one is always the last it seems like cause about an hour after that one I had a deer smack dab in the middle of my lane with a rig to the right and a ditch to the left so I chose my line and basically broad sided this animal the guard took it like a champ but my suspension didn't like going over the top of it

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97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base
88 Suburban 4x4 355 cid 8 inch lift: sold, 95 Celica 5 speed : sold
68 F750 391 cid : sold,  96 F350 7.3 diesel dually : sold
86 Chevy 1500 305 cid c1500: sold, 73 Mustang mach 1 466 cid 5 speed : under construction
89 F350 4x4 cummins swap : sold, 64 Dodge d600: gone
00 Excursion: traded, 72 Mustang mach 1 302: scrapped
73 Mustang coupe: scrapped, 73 ranchero gt
06 Honda crf 450x : sold, 04 Honda vtx 1800
88 Bronco xlt lariat: sold, 76 Charger: traded
95 F350 4x4: sold , 91 Crown Victoria 302: sold
02 Dakota: traded, 96 f250 powerstroke: parts truck
87 f700, 98 e350 powerstroke: sold
03 land rover: traded, 95 f350 dually: part out
95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded
97 f250: sold, 76 Maverick 302: sold
91 240sx rb25: sold, 86 firebird: sold
86 Trans Am: sold, 88 westernstar: sold
89 dodge d350: sold, 2000 Dakota 4x4: sold  
84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout
67 catalina, 64 chevy c60
64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray
79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks
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#8
So glad you escaped a close call ,except for some new bvd's. I know auron is from maine so he's used to dodging=raming deer!Tongue Funny story,when I was a kid my Dad was riding motorcycles with friends,his throttle cable broke,he was riding home after dark running throtle with a pair of pliers,then a bat got stuck in his handlebars leaving 1 hand on the pliers-throttle ,1 hand trying to swat a bat off the handlebars.

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Thats the first Iv'e heard of a bat encounter on a bikeCool

1973 Mach 1 Q code, 4 speed toploader w/3.70 traction lock
Freshly rebuilt with boss closed chambered heads, flat top pistons, adjustable roller rockers, Erson flat tappet cam, ARP bolts thru out, 10/10 crank, port plates, edelbrock performer intake, Holley 4160 750cfm duel feed, Hooker Comp. full length headers, custom h-pipe to dual Hooker mufflers. Specs out to 415 H.P.[quote]In the words of Ricky Bobby, " If you ain't first your last" Ha, Ha, Ha Tongue
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Kermit 460;123444 Wrote:So glad you escaped a close call ,except for some new bvd's. I know auron is from maine so he's used to dodging=raming deer!Tongue Funny story,when I was a kid my Dad was riding motorcycles with friends,his throttle cable broke,he was riding home after dark running throtle with a pair of pliers,then a bat got stuck in his handlebars leaving 1 hand on the pliers-throttle ,1 hand trying to swat a bat off the handlebars.

yeah when I drove my truck to northern Maine I almost scored myself a bear coming back from a truck pull I just don't want to land myself a moose cause they have a nasty habit of going above grill guards.    

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97 F150: wrecked, 96 Dodge 4x4: blown motor / donated to the base
88 Suburban 4x4 355 cid 8 inch lift: sold, 95 Celica 5 speed : sold
68 F750 391 cid : sold,  96 F350 7.3 diesel dually : sold
86 Chevy 1500 305 cid c1500: sold, 73 Mustang mach 1 466 cid 5 speed : under construction
89 F350 4x4 cummins swap : sold, 64 Dodge d600: gone
00 Excursion: traded, 72 Mustang mach 1 302: scrapped
73 Mustang coupe: scrapped, 73 ranchero gt
06 Honda crf 450x : sold, 04 Honda vtx 1800
88 Bronco xlt lariat: sold, 76 Charger: traded
95 F350 4x4: sold , 91 Crown Victoria 302: sold
02 Dakota: traded, 96 f250 powerstroke: parts truck
87 f700, 98 e350 powerstroke: sold
03 land rover: traded, 95 f350 dually: part out
95 f350 dually: traded, 94 f150 4x4: traded
97 f250: sold, 76 Maverick 302: sold
91 240sx rb25: sold, 86 firebird: sold
86 Trans Am: sold, 88 westernstar: sold
89 dodge d350: sold, 2000 Dakota 4x4: sold  
84 f350 3+3: sold, 90 bronco: partout
67 catalina, 64 chevy c60
64 jeep j200, 74 corvette stingray
79 Lincoln mark V, 2013 f350: goldilocks
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