Every once in a while you’re faced with two choices and you’re forced to choose the lesser of two very bad options (or maybe that happens to you all the time, I don’t know your life.) But that’s exactly what happened to the Bearded Wonder late one night while he was adjusting the timing on the ’49 Chevy 3100.
He was in the shop, all alone, timing light in hand while he advanced and retarded the spark to get it to run just right when he lost his footing. Normally that wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but when your hands are full and you’re vaulted head-first into the engine compartment the stakes get a little higher. And then they get a lot higher when the two places your free hand can fall are the serpentine belt or the distributor cap. Aaron chose the option that wouldn’t shear the skin off his hand and chose the distributor. What happened next was a short in the cap that sent more voltage than you might want coursing through your body arcing from the cap to his hand, up his arm and eventually out of his back to the underside of the hood.
Well, here… Just watch, it’s more entertaining to see than to read about.
Huge shoutout to Costar Video Systems for capturing this shocking footage.
After the short, and subsequent scorpioning off the fender, Aaron goes right back to work after checking to make sure he didn’t mar the paint.
Always the consummate professional!