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Hot Rods Towing while sharing the road with glass lickers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HemiRambler, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. HemiRambler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 4,198


    So a while back I saw a pic of a guy with a service truck that did a similar thing. For those who have towed and been annoyed with the inevitable tailgater - I found it was time to see if THIS really worked. I bolted this on the last time I towed the FED to the track and you know what??? YES - it absolutely WORKS. Just like a bug zapper! I give you the Tailgate Tormentor:

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  2. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 411


    Eeeeeeevil. I like it.

  3. Don't be surprised if law enforcement pulls you over to check it out.
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  4. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 572


    I'll be trying a version of that....

  5. Diabolically clever... I like it!
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  6. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,514

    from Diablo Ca.

    mount it on a bushing, so it can move with the bumps
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  7. Hate it when they follow me for mile or two or three.....I just slow down and slow down and slow down....most move by the time I drop below 30 mph on the freeway.
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  8. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,712


    I just ignore them...
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  9. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 2,709

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    That's when you hit the "wrench release" button. ;) now every glass licker will be beside you, trying to get your attention to let you know you left a wrench laying on the trailer :p:D
  10. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 2,026


    Try washing those "pesky bugs" off your windshield when someone is tailgating you! It is a very legal, very innocent, very passive way of getting them to back off. It works well!

    Think about it, don't you instinctively slow down when someone starts washing their windshield in front of you, especially if you are out of washer fluid!
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  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,871

    from Nicasio Ca

    Love it! I'm thinking something a bit more noticeable for the extra clueless, like a spare tire on a spring mount.
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  12. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,076


    DeBoss garage over on Youtube has a short video along a similar trajectory, except he attaches an old work boot to the corner of his beater truck. It's tongue in cheek, but it works.:D
  13. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,408

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I'm going to get a rear tire cover like this for my RV.
  14. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,344


    I do the same as Stillrunners, but I have a question for you.
    How close is to close for you? I'm a real old guy who took drivers ed. in 1955 in a
    new 55 Chev, (neither here nor there), being told safe following was one car length
    for every ten mph. That's still my rule and that's how I follow to this day.
    Had a idiot follow me yesterday so close his headlights were not visible in my rear view.
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  15. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,153


    I think the new advice is a 3 second distance behind the car in front of you instead of the old one car length per 10 MPH that they were still teaching when I took driver's ed in 1966. Either way there are way too many drivers who still drive so that you can see their nose hairs in your rear view mirror.
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  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,850

    from California

    very few people look for hazards up ahead, any person who was aware of road hazards would not be tailgating a trailer.

    when I get tailgated I let off the gas and slow down since now I need space enough to stop two cars where before I only needed mine to stop.
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  17. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,223

    from Minn. uSA

    4 sec(minimum) rule is better, esp if you are using a trailer. All the folks willing to cut you off & occupy the "cushion" make things a bit more difficult, but having a proper attitude/mindset keeps the ego, & subsequent blood-pressure + anger-issues, in check. Resulting in a less stressful ride, although sometimes, it does seem as if I'm going backwards... :D . Being able to watch all the zombies' antics, w/o getting involved in them, or angered by them, can be amusing. + make for some great tales. & if you have a dash-cam (maybe one covering the trailers' rear?), could very well provide hard evidence instead of "he said/she said". Think I gotta get the last 2 items myself. :) . & I *really* like the OP's idea. :D :D .
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  18. Most drivers today have absolutely zero understanding of the physical size of their cars, especially the width of them. I've watched individuals in small imports make 3 or 4 attempts to park in the middle of a parking spot. Don't even get me started on people who don't realize they can fit between the car ahead of them and the curb when waiting to make a right hand turn at a light.

    I expect someone being told to leave 6 car lengths when driving at 60 mph would have no clue as to the actual distance that is.
  19. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,782

    from oregon

  20. hoggyrubber
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 572


    Great idea! Glass lickers had me chuckling too.
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  21. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,100

    The Shift Wizard

    If they're on the phone, they might not notice the wrench.
    How about an old, beater toolbox (empty shell) surreptitiously bolted to the tailgate, but shim it so it tips and rocks a little. Maybe a drawer or two that slide open an inch or two with the rockin'.

    I like the simplicity of the pipe wrench idea, though. I have a couple left from the old days when I used to have actual iron pipes.
  22. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,323


    I am thinking about rigging up a little pump to squirt transmission fluid into one of my mufflers.. It creates a dark blue smoke..
  23. Clever idea. As Loyd stated earlier, I wonder how many people pull up next to the driver to let him know about the wrench. Could be a good experiment on human behavior.
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  24. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,530


    that´s a great idea! I may have to borrow it. Accelerating and slowing down again in intervals also pisses tailgaters off. It kind of wakes them up I guess.
  25. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,122


    Yeah, that would be my luck...and it's easier to try to kill me from the side, instead of the back.
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  26. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,726

    from norcal

    I just spit my beer out my nose.....
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  27. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,323


    Back in the 60s, my dad and me were riding through the Liberty Tunnels in Pittsburgh, when this big bus started tailgating us, my dad laughing said, I'll take care of you, he flipped his three on the tree 54 Chevy into second, and pulled the choke half way out. Wow the blue smoke poured out of that Chevy six!!! That bus slowed down and was closing his windows while he was cussing like crazy. Me and my dad were laughing all the way home..
  28. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,239


  29. Wrench97
    Joined: Jan 29, 2020
    Posts: 146


    Drive a semi for a bit you'll get use to tailgaters, it's the ones that don't want to follow a truck and have to pass you then pull in front and slow down that get you po'd
  30. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,871

    from Nicasio Ca

    Additional options:

    Attach the wrench to a 10' tether with an ejection pin for those whole fail to get the message.

    Slather the wrench with dog shit to identify would be thieves.
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