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    Quote Originally Posted by courierguy View Post
    I got home, 185 miles or away, and only then found the mechanic had left 1/2" impact driver on top the hydraulic tank. Nothing to keep it there other then slow cornering......
    Years ago when I was going to tech school I drove 18 miles home at the end of the day, only to find that I had left a side cutter pliers on the bumper of my car. It stayed right there for the whole trip, and I took it back to school the next day (in the car, not on it).
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    I've done that. I even found a coffee mug full of coffee on a grain truck fender after driving 20 miles over washboard roads.
    Quote Originally Posted by jnorris View Post
    Years ago when I was going to tech school I drove 18 miles home at the end of the day, only to find that I had left a side cutter pliers on the bumper of my car. It stayed right there for the whole trip, and I took it back to school the next day (in the car, not on it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnorris View Post
    Years ago when I was going to tech school I drove 18 miles home at the end of the day, only to find that I had left a side cutter pliers on the bumper of my car. It stayed right there for the whole trip, and I took it back to school the next day (in the car, not on it).
    You sure don't drive like I do, I would have had that go through the window of a house on a corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieN View Post
    You sure don't drive like I do, I would have had that go through the window of a house on a corner.
    Actually, I DO drive like you do. That's why this was so surprising!
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    Found a pillow in the wing of a wore out J 3 I bought many years ago in Texas.

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    found a gopro under in the floor of my pa12. must of been there a while it was pretty scratched up banging around the belly of a floatplane.

    I also put a snowplow on my old 82 jeep cj7 few years back and I use permatex aviation sealant for pipe threads so I had hat around while rigging up the hydraulics, apparently I laid the bottle on my battery and forgot it, went the whole winter not knowing where that damn bottle went come spring time after a full winter of plowing I open the hood to take off hydraulic pump belt and there it is still somehow sitting on the battery. I was certainly surprised with the way I plow!
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    A half used cigar behind the panel on a Cub laying on wires. Must have been put there when someone was working on their back.

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    Satellite tracking device planted by the Feds.[/QUOTE]

    We just call them smart phones.
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    Removed the cowl of a Cherokee for the annual and found a full size bicycle pump wedged in the right side. The plastic on the T-handle had been partially melted by contact with the exhaust risers. When the owner came by to check on the progress he seemed surprised and offended that I had removed the pump. Apparently the location was quite intentional.
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    Bag of zip ties left in the engine compartment of a Bell 429... Fortunately, the previous flight was short as they were only 1/2 melted...
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    Once found a scaffolding plank, about 2” X 10” x 12’ behind the rear spar of a 747.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien View Post
    Once found a scaffolding plank, about 2” X 10” x 12’ behind the rear spar of a 747.
    May not be the strangest but probably the largest find.

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    Is that a freeze rupture (water in the line)?
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    Yes, fuel line from under the floor.of a 185. Main supply line to the fuel selector. The factory installed PVC tubing prevented it from leaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damien View Post
    Once found a scaffolding plank, about 2” X 10” x 12’ behind the rear spar of a 747.
    At a big ultralight fly-in in Gimli Manitoba I flew to (1500 miles I think it was, Pterodactyl 2 stroke UL, no windshield,no heat, no radio,no nothing) and competed in back in the early '80's (won $1,000.00, then met TWO real friendly French-Canadian ladies, but I digress) the last day at the pilot's briefing, there was an announcement that someone had stole the windsock the night before. An opportunity was given to the guilty party to confess, no one did, so the briefing continued. The competition was held, part of which was, given one quart of fuel, who could stay up the longest, that was fun and really showed the most efficient designs plus pilot skill. After the big blow out that night, where I partied with my new north of the border friends, the following morning I started to pack up my camping gear. The 'Dac had a double surface dacron wing with formed ribs, and zippers for access to the folding compression struts, making it a rigid wing that also folded for car top transportation like a hang glider. We XC 'Dac pilots would stow our gear up inside the wing, clothing, sleeping bag, stuff like that. A common practice was to slip a roll of toilet paper onto one of the comp struts, and when needed, land, unzip the wing by that strut, squat down under the wing and take care of business, and there was your paper, it was real handy. Anyway...as I was packing, I unzipped (there was 4 strut zippers, and a 32' span, so lot's of room up there) one of the wing panels and there was the missing wind sock! My Canuck buddies had put it there, I had flown the competition that last day with it there, and still kicked their butts. They of course were all standing there watching me discover this, and we all had a good laugh. Canadian humor, gotta love it.
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    High Time Cub spent 30 years at Zahns Airport on Long Island. HTC introduced thousands of new pilots (15,000 hours worth) to the joys of Cub-flying through the GI bill. When I rebuilt HTC in 1978, I found both control stick “ashtrays" jam-packed top to bottom with a midden of cigarette butts, burnt matches, ash, and depleted matchbooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by high time cub View Post
    I found both control stick “ashtrays" jam-packed top to bottom with a midden of cigarette butts, burnt matches, ash, and depleted matchbooks.

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    Ahh the old glory days when smoking was safe and sex was dangerous.
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    Before marriage?

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    Power distribution for panel lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertc View Post
    Power distribution for panel lights.
    No problem for a plumber...paint with liquid tape=done.
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    53 c180 in belly rubbed main starter cable baggage area

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    That's frightening ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerryB View Post
    That's frightening ^^
    Especially when you realize that that's not the only one that did that.

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    My next door neighbor Glenn Wyatt was doing an inspection on a brand new Cessna 185, it had ferry time only on it. In the right outboard wing was a rivet gun and bucking bars courtesy of Cessna Aircraft. Must have been a Friday afternoon job.
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    I did a prebuy on a Bonanza one time with "no damage history" and pulled a bucking bar out of the leading edge, and I'm pretty sure it hadn't been there from day one!
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