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Black River Hell

Doug Gyder, manager of the Tatum Ranch location found himself with a serious automotive situation, and he was miles from home and any Wilhelm Automotive car repair location… While enjoying some down time in the Black River area of Arizona– around Tick Flat–and fording the river in March of 2007, Doug hit a rock with his rear drive shaft. It twisted like a cork screw. He need to cut a hole in the bed of the truck, and disconnect the rear drive shaft, so he could drive the truck out of the river with the front wheel drive before night fall. The process included working in 33 degree water with his tools. Fortunately he was successful. Overnight, the river rose several feet and had Doug failed to get the drive shaft disconnected, the truck would have washed away and it would have been a long walk out of the wooded area. This remote part of Arizona is not known for having many visitors in March and he saw no one else during his adventure-filled weekend.

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