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Alan Miller Injured

Alan demonstrates how he was trapped between the car and the lift.

Although this is just a web site our readers and contributors are all friends. Those of you who attend the Talladega Family Reunions every year know why the “Family” is part of the Reunion title. If you have attended any of the Reunions you also know Alan Miller. I believe he has attended everyone of them and is a regular on this web site and in the Forum. Alan wanted me to send this out to everyone so YOU can learn from his learning experience.

Most of us really enjoy working on our cars to some extent. I am sure most of us have also taken some rather dangerous short cuts at times when we knew better. STOP! Don’t ever get under your car again without proper jack stands! I don’t care how careful you are, don’t do it.

I am guilty of having done it in the past for a quick inspection or to tighten a bolt or look for a leak or what ever. I even have a lift in the garage and sometimes am so lazy I don’t even use it. Well, that is all over.

Our friend Alan Miller (Remember his Lee Roy Yarbrough front end that was posted on this site just a few days ago?) just send me his story of being stupid almost not living to be able to tell anyone about it. This happened last weekend and these are his words! The photos are frightening! He was home alone at the time.

This is the my best account of my accident.

I was trying to jack the car up to slide the car lift ramps under the wheels. I Couldn’t get the front high enough. You know there isn’t a good place to jack the front of these cars up. I put wood blocks under the front wheels and wood blocks on the jack. I should have put jack stands under the front. My head shouldn’t have there to start with but it was.

I think I accidentally turned the jack handle and it came down on my head. I knew I was in trouble and I had to get my head out or I was done. Blood was going everywhere. I managed to slide my head out and took my shirt to try and stop the bleeding. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from so I put my finger in my mouth and I could feel my back teeth were sticking up. I pushed them down and they came back up. My jaw was broke and I didn’t know it.

This is his shirt, looks like the car almost won that fight.

I had enough sense to call my wife, I guess adrenaline kicked in. My wife got me to the hospital and I walked in the door with no shirt on and blood all over me . They asked my name and date of birth and took me straight to a room. We should have called an ambulance but I got there fast enough. Its about three miles to the hospital.

My jaw is broken in two places. They put plates and screws in my jaw. I haven’t had any pain medication since surgery which nobody can believe. My mouth is wired shut and that’s the worst part. I have to eat with a syringe.

Alan was a lucky fellow by the looks of how much blood he lost.

My biggest plea to everyone is never ever get under a car without jack stands. Have somebody with you and maybe they can keep you from making a mistake.

I’ll be okay with some time.  If you are going to be stupid you better be tough. I didn’t realize how tough I was. I hope everyone can learn from my mistake. I know I have. This is my story the best I can tell it.

Alan Miller

Alan will have a reminder on the floor not to be so stupid next time.

I want to thank Alan for be willing to tell his story so that maybe the rest of us will learn something.

Get Well Soon Alan!

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Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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7 Comments

  1. Alan
    Tom let me know right after it happened. My family prayed that all would be okay. Thankfully it turned out maybe not the way we wanted but you will heal. I know this could have been worse and we all have taken the same chances you have thinking “it won’t happen to
    Me”. Thanks for sharing glad you are healing. Take care as we need you around for a long time!!
    Prayers still coming your way for a speedy recovery.

  2. Alan,I’m glad you are doing better than a week in jail,LOL.You’ll be getting cabin fever soon enough and back on Cyclones.I wont even say be careful ’cause I know you will be from now on.Leave the blood on the floor as THE reminder.You’re proving to be tougher than chinese algebra for sure.I’ll talk to you tomorrow buddy,Tom

  3. I was talking to Tom the other day when he mentioned this .. thank goodness your ok !
    We will be praying up here for your speedy recovery.
    Thanks for taking the time to share your story it’s a good reminder to us all to be careful.
    Best wishes for a full and fast recovery,
    Frank

  4. Alan,
    A frightening story to be sure and a position most of us have probably found themselves in at one point or another. I have certainly been guilty of crawling under a car with just a jack. Will certainly heed your words and keep the jack stands handy. In the mean time, Jen and I are praying for your speedy recovery. Hope to see you again soon.
    Mark

  5. Alan,

    glad that you are ok, praying for a speedy recovery. I have had a few close calls myself and its not a good feeling when you find yourself helpless. Thanks for your story, it may just help someone else from having an accident.
    Arlis

  6. Thanks for the good words and thoughts . I’m doing well . I was able to start eating soft foods Friday . I started back to work Monday . In a few more weeks I’ll be able to eat a nice steak .

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