The owner of a 1963 Chevy Nova SS almost had all his hard restoration work undone in a matter of seconds last week after he accidentally knocked the car into neutral, causing it to roll down his driveway and out into the road.
This home security camera footage was sent into the ViralHog YouTube channel by the son of the Chevy Nova owner this week. According to the son, his dad has been slowly restoring his 1963 Chevy Nova SS over the past 14 years and was putting some finishing touches on the car last weekend and installing the carpet. He accidentally knocked the shifter with the carpet during the installation process, however, causing the vehicle to roll away.
“This is my dad’s 1963 Nova SS he has been restoring for the last 14 years,” the video description says. “Over the weekend he attempted to put carpet into the car and the carpet hit the shifter and accidentally knocked it into neutral, the car then rolled back hitting my 1989 Dodge Ram 50. I ran out and jumped into the car stopping it. The result of this was the door is pretty screwed up, it broke hinges and scratched the front quarter panel, bent the trim and ruined the door liner.”
While we feel for the uploader’s dad, this situation could have been much worse. These folks live on what looks to be a relatively quiet suburban street, so there was little risk of passing traffic hitting the car as it rolled out into the road. The son also managed to stop the car from rolling back further and hitting the curb or one of the vehicles in the driveway across the street, potentially avoiding further damage.
Some commenters on the video pointed out the Chevy Nova owner could have avoided this situation by throwing down a couple of wheel blocks or bricks. Hindsight’s always 20/20, though, so we’ll chalk this one up as an important lesson learned the hard way.
Check out the clip embedded just below.