Fun_People Archive
16 Mar
Top Ten Tools

Date: Wed, 16 Mar 94 00:50:32 PST
To: Fun_People
Subject: Top Ten Tools

Forwarded-by: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic (Keith Bostic)
Forwarded-by: Richard Chapman <chapman@Eng.Auburn.EDU>
Forwarded-by: The Saab Network <SAAB@NETWORK.MHS.CompuServe.COM>
Here's a neat posting from the Volvo Net. Thought my fellow Saabers would
enjoy this...

J. William Lam, Stockton, CA
There are only ten things in this world you need to fix any car, any 
place, any time.
Forget the Snap-On Tools truck; it's never there when you need it. 
Besides, there are only ten things in this world you need to fix any 
car, any place, any time.
1.  Duct Tape: Not just a tool, a veritable Swiss Army knife in stickum 
and plastic.  It's safety wire, body material, radiator hose, 
upholstery, insulation, tow rope, and more in one easy-to-carry 
package. Sure, there's a prejudice  surrounding  duct  tape  in 
concourse competitions, but in the real world everything from Le Mans - 
winning Porsches to Atlas rockets uses it by the yard.  The only thing 
that can get you out of more scrapes is a quarter and a phone booth.

2.  Vice-Grips:  Equally adept as a wrench, hammer, pliers, baling wire 
twister, breaker-off of frozen bolts, and wiggle-it-till-it-falls off 
tool. The heavy artillery of your toolbox, Vice Grips are the only tool 
designed expressly to fix things screwed up beyond repair.

3. Spray Lubricants: A considerably cheaper alternative to new doors, 
alternators, and other squeaky items.  Slicker than pig phlegm. 
Repeated soakings of WD-40 will allow the main hull bolts of the Andrea 
Dora to be removed by hand. Strangely enough, an integral part of these 
sprays is the infamous little red tube that flies out of the nozzle if 
you look at it cross-eyed, one of the ten worst tools of all time.

4. Margarine Tubs With Clear Lids: If you spend all your time under 
the hood looking for a frendle pin that caromed off the peedle valve 
when you knocked both off the air cleaner, it's because you eat 
butter.  Real mechanics consume pounds of tasteless vegetable oil 
replicas, just so they can use the empty tubs for parts containers 
afterward.  (Some, of course, chuck the butter-colored goo altogether 
or use it to repack wheel bearings.) Unlike air cleaners and radiator 
lips, margarine tubs aren't connected by a time/space wormhole to the 
Parallel Universe of Lost Frendle Pins.

5. Big Rock At The Side Of The Road: Block up a tire.  Smack corroded 
battery terminals.  Pound out a dent.  Bop nosy know-it-all types on 
the noodle.  Scientists have yet to develop a hammer that packs the raw 
banging power of granite or limestone. This is the only tool with which 
a "made in India" emblem is not synonymous with the user's maiming.

6., Plastic Zip Ties: After twenty years of lashing down stray hoses 
and wired with old bread ties, some genius brought a slightly 
slicked up version to the auto parts market. Fifteen zip ties can 
transform a hulking mass of amateur-quality rewiring from a working
model of the Brazilian rain forest into something remotely resembling a 
wiring harness.  Of course, it works both ways. When buying used cars, 
subtract $ 100.00 for each zip tie under the hood.

7. Ridiculously Large Standard Screwdriver With Lifetime Guarantee: 
Let's admit it. There's nothing better for prying, chiseling, lifting, 
breaking, splitting, or mutilating than a huge flat-bladed screwdriver, 
particularly when wielded with gusto and a big hammer. This is also the 
tool of choice for oil filters so insanely located they can only be 
removed by driving a stake in one side and out the other. If you break 
the screwdriver - and you will, just like Dad or your shop teacher said
 - who cares? It's guaranteed.

8.  Bailing Wire:  Commonly known as MG muffler brackets, bailing wire 
holds anything that's too hot for tape or ties. Like duct tape, it's 
not recommended for concourse contenders since it works so well you'll 
never replace it with the right thing again.  Bailing wire is a 
sentimental favorite in some circles, particularly with MG, Triumph, 
and flathead Ford set.

9.  Bonking Stick: - This monstrous tuning fork with devilishly pointy 
ends is technically known as a tie-rod- end separator, but how often do 
you separate tie-ends?  Once every decade, if you're lucky. Other than 
medieval combat, its real use is the all purpose application of undue 
force, not unlike that of the huge flat-bladed screwdriver. Nature 
doesn't know the bent metal panel or frozen exhaust pipe that can stand 
up to a good bonking stick. (Can also be used to separate tie-rod ends 
in a pinch, of course, but does a lousy job of it).

10. A Quarter and a Phone Booth:
      See #1 above.


[=] © 1994 Peter Langston []