We were never all that great at math, but we can tell you that Miata + V8 = awesome. That even applies to heavy cast-iron small block Chevrolet V8s with carburetors instead of fuel injection. But as one aspiring wrench recently found out, even the most sound of formulas can lead to disaster when you start throwing in unknown variables. Variables like a leaky fuel system. The gentleman in the video below seems keen on firing up his partially installed Chevrolet engine using a jug of fuel and a remote starter, but disaster strikes when things suddenly go all flambé.

From what we can see, it looks as if the carb itself is leaking fuel down the front and back of the engine. Throw in a few sparks and suddenly you have a fresh reminder to check on your fire extinguisher's expiration date. Or, in this guy's case, whether or not you even own a fire extinguisher. After dousing the garage in gasoline and spreading the flames with authority, our young hero manages to get his hands on a garden hose and actually manages to get the fire under control before the scenario turns into an awkward conversation with the insurance company. Check out the insanity in the video below.



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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man I feel so bad for him all his hard work. I hope he learned his lesson to always have a fire extinguisher by him when building a car. I feel for him because a similar thing happened to me and luckly it wasn't a big fire and had a fire extinguisher in the kitchen next to the garage
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      "This is gold Jerry gold"...L0L
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, ill-advised adventures in wrenching! I can laugh because I've been there...sort of. Honestly, who among us who've built project cars/bikes hasn't run into something similar? Maybe not quite as dumb and life-threatening, but embarrassing nonetheless. It pretty much comes with the territory. Anyway, number one rule when working with douchebags (of the gasoline can variety): Mount the tank of flammable liquid high, away from the engine and to something stable. Number two rule: Check for leaks before ignition.
        car czar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SquareFour
        Been there, done that, and got the t-shirt um i mean burns, cuts, scrapes, and bruises to prove it. But the reward when you take that first drive or ride in something you built is priceless.
      pghcc2006
      • 1 Year Ago
      Atta boy keep trying to start the engine, the unlit fuel pumpimg out will extinguish the burning stuff, also keep shooting that hose down the throat of that carb, they love that.
        pghcc2006
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pghcc2006
        p.s. the guy has a thread on club roadster i think, the engine seems to be a 5.8 windsor not a sbc, i actually feel bad for him now,it seems like this was his first major project and he was putting every spare dime in it and bartering for parts to get it done.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @pghcc2006
          No kidding. Looks like Ford valve covers to me. Oh AB.
      pavsterrocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was funny until he grabbed the fuel can - looked like quite a bit of it spilled on him while burning. I feel very sorry for the guy. Yes, he could have been better prepared - we all learn our lessons. Just hate to see someone get hurt doing something they love.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most honest people will admit to doing something dumb like this, - I know I have. I'm just not sure I would have put it on Youtube for the world to see.
      Richard Nygaard
      • 1 Year Ago
      After that spark at the beginning he should have quit. The sparks are suppose to be INSIDE the engine.
      Ridgie30
      • 1 Year Ago
      Almost a Darwin Award candidate.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love how he tried to blow out the fire. This is why you need a fire extinguisher in your garage, especially if you are working on an engine.
      Oh Kay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please replace with video uploaded by the actual star lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RBRCaVjYrM
      erzhik
      • 1 Year Ago
      So...when major sparks started flying around wasn't a sign for him to shut it down and move the thing outside? You don't need an engineering degree to know that when you see a spark like that, you should probably stop what you are doing and go get an extinguisher just in case.
      Lander
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are subtleties of comic genius in this video that I had to play over and over again! The perfectly tiny pause of sheer shock at 1:09, not to mention the fact that he drops into frame at the beginning of the video! This is great!
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