Quick thinking.  I might have exclaimed - "Hey - there's a gasoline
fountain!"  Which would have been my last words...

On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 11:11 PM, Curly McLain via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Yesterday I drove the 560SEL, and as usual when it starts to
>> get a bit colder it needed to crank awhile.  Of course it
>> smelled a bit gassy, but as I drove I thought it smelled
>> _too_ gassy, and decided to stop before I got on the freeway.
>>
>> As I popped the hood, engine running, it made a coughing
>> backfire sound.  Up went the hood and OMFG, kill this thing
>> quick!  There was a fountain of gasoline arcing up, and landing
>> back on the brake booster (now that the hood was up).
>>
>> The return fuel line had split, and had soaked the hood pad
>> and the entire area, which was sizzling and fuming hot gasoline
>> all over the place.  Eye-burningly strong.
>>
>> We were one spark away from an inferno, and it's amazing that
>> the backfire (?) didn't make it out of the air cleaner far enough
>> to do the deed.
>>
>> I had enough tools along, and the hose was long enough, that I
>> cut off the end and we were able to proceed on our way.  I had
>> recently looked over that hose, and thought it to be still in
>> good shape.  Clearly I was wrong.
>>
>> -- Jim
>>
>
> Wow!  Lucky!  It almost turned into a flamin' toada
>
> Friends don't let friends drive toadas.
>
> Waytago!
>
>
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