TOM: I think we’ve heard from every engineer on the planet about this, Don.
RAY: And, by the way, if any entrepreneurial pocket-protector company would like the return address of every engineer known to man, we now have it.
TOM: Consider us corrected. The pumpkin (rear differential) does not carry the full weight of the truck, normally. The weight of the truck is spread out by the suspension system.
RAY: The pumpkin is subject to some very heavy forces. And since knuckle-scraper mechanics have, for eons, used it to jack up the back of the truck (ever since Julius Caesar first jacked up his 48 B.C. Chevus Silveradus), the engineers have made it tough enough to handle that job.
TOM: So, most of the engineers who wrote to us said that our bottom-line statement is correct: that you can get away with using the pumpkin to jack up the truck, but it’s not recommended. So we will no longer recommend it to our readers.
RAY: Although we’ll probably keep doing it ourselves!
TOM: Probably. But it turns out we had our heads up our rear differentials on the weight distribution. Sorry, guys! And thanks for the corrections.
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