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Larry's 1987 Sand Rail

This sand rail I built in 1987 out of a basic kit but had extensive additional tubing added. It had a bus tranny powered by a 1915cc motor with a single 44 Weber carb. I added the street legal lights and also designed the aluminum and stainless steel sheet metal panels(remember, my dad owns a sheet metal shop) I went top of the line with everything(hydraulic pedals, steering brake, hydraulic E brake, triple rear gas shocks) up until it was almost finished. I already had quite a bill racked up and the quick release 5 point harnesses were a chunk of change so I went to the junkyard and spent 5 bucks on a couple black seat belts. Needless to say, after an hour or so of going around in a circle grabbing handfulls of steering brake, I had built up quite a pile of dirt around the track and eventually I hit it and rolled the rail onto it's top. There I am, hanging upside down with gas dripping out of the tank and I can't unbuckle my lap belt because for one thing, it's full of DIRT, plus, I could either take my weight of the belt using my legs and both arms OR attempt to unbuckle the belt, but I couldn't do BOTH. Luckily, my friend was watching on his 3 wheeler and came over and helped me out. That was on a Saturday afternoon. Monday morning my new 5 point harnesses were headed for the UPS truck to be delivered our shop! Don't skimp on the essentials!!! I could have been TOAST! Anyone seen this?

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