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Attention amateur mechanics: Here's a quick lesson in what not to do should your engine catch fire.

Shawn Prince posted video of his fiery mishap on YouTube on Monday. His first misstep comes when he tries to start the small block Chevy 350 engine hovering above his Mazda Miata. The first push of the ignition produced a serious spark, but he was undeterred. Even after flames burst from the engine he doesn't give up on getting the engine started. At one point he even reached over flames to hit the ignition.

He then removed the line to the fuel tank in hopes of starving the fire, but the resulting burst of flames made the situation worse.

Eventually he doused the flames with water from a hose, not ideal when dealing with gas and oil, but it does the job in this instance. Prince suffered first- and second-degree burns on his left side. He writes on YouTube that he does not have health insurance, and that he's posting the video in hopes that people can help him with his medical bills.

In posting it, he's also providing a valuable cautionary tale for others.

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      sneakyp957
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEVER try to start a engine like that with a electric fuel pump pumping the gas non-stop! Backfires are not uncommon with rebuilt engines when they are first hooked up because the timing is usually off a little,and backfires and electric fuel pumps are not a good combination.
      LindyK
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a dumb ass! Then he posts a video to confirm it.
        Rosie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LindyK
        Just another "I know nothing and I can prove it," guy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      why do we keep trying to start it after she goes up in flames ?????
        marcamada
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, lets try to decifer his thought patterns. Well I tried for a couple of minutes and I come up with ' he's kind of dumb'. So sad to go through life like that, good luck.
        jsamo83
        • 2 Years Ago
        He was on a mission!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoe about a fire extinguisher.
      jijjhnsn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let him go tell his congress man he does not have health insurance.
      dsavage74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lets see the real problem No exhaust in place No Radiator No motor mounts as chain falls still in place For the worst part An Obama brain !
        arvig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dsavage74
        @dsavage74: Your post was spot on until you decided to twist this to mindless kneejerk political bashing. I guess you like so many others can't comprehend any other topics then bashing whatever politician you've been brainwashed to hate. And yes, if you had bashed a noted Republican, I'd say the same thing. :P I just detest idiots like you that have to drag politics into topics that have nothing to do with such.
      imagineir
      • 2 Years Ago
      2013 Darwin Award winner.
        golfet33
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imagineir
        I think you have to kill yourself to win the Darwin award.
      snoshuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amateur mechanic, professional dummy! No fire extinguisher and no idea what to do with a naturally aspirated engine. LMFAO! He's so lucky all he got was a couple burns and still has a car and garage. Get a mentor, dude!
      '57mad
      • 2 Years Ago
      what he doesn't know yet is the suspension in the Miata will collapse the first time he puts the full weight of that 350 on the frame. : )
      Brian Workman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well! Time to start over, with a complete engine rebuild & New wireing & New paint Job!! $$$$$$$$$$$$
      henrysbaseballcl
      • 2 Years Ago
      WWW.HENRYSBASEBALLCLUB.COM 781 891 0621 LOOKING FOR NEW BASEBALL TALENT!!!!!
      ddbash71054
      • 2 Years Ago
      This guy probably didn't know when to come in out of the rain as a kid, either.
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