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Subject: schrader@sugar-land.anadrill.slb.com (Kirby Schrader):
From: brockctella@juno.com (Brock C Tella)
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 10:27:15 -0700
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From: schrader@sugar-land.anadrill.slb.com (Kirby Schrader)
To: (Joke Central)
Subject: Mechanic's tools
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 10:24:53 -0500
Message-ID: <v03110700aff92f29c486@[]>

HAMMER:  Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is
used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive car parts not far from
the object we are trying to hit.

MECHANIC'S KNIFE:  Used to open and slice through the contents of
cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well
boxes containing convertible tops or tonneau covers.

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL:  Normally used for spinning steel Pop rivets in
holes until you die of old age, but it also works great for drilling
rollbar mounting holes in the floor of a sports car just above the brake
line that goes to the rear axle.

HACKSAW:  One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board
principle.  It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.

VISE-GRIPS:  Used to round off bolt heads.  If nothing else is available,
they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of

OXYACETYLENE TORCH:  Used almost entirely for lighting those stale garage
cigarettes you keep hidden in the back of the Whitworth socket drawer
(What wife would think to look in _there_?) because you can never
to buy lighter fluid for the Zippo lighter you got from the PX at Fort

ZIPPO LIGHTER:  See oxyacetylene torch.

WHITWORTH SOCKETS:  Once used for working on older British cars and
motorcycles, they are now used mainly for hiding six-month old Salems
the sort of person who would throw them away for no good reason.

DRILL PRESS:  A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat
metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and
flings your beer across the room, splattering it against the Rolling
Stones poster over the bench grinder.

WIRE WHEEL:  Cleans rust off old bolts and then throws them somewhere
under the workbench with the speed of light.  Also removes fingerprint
whorls and hard-earned guitar callouses in about the time it takes you to
say, "Django Reinhardt".

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK:  Used for lowering a Mustang to the ground after
have installed a set of Ford Motorsports lowered road springs, trapping
the jack handle firmly under the front air dam.

EIGHT-FOOT LONG DOUGLAS FIR 2X4:  Used for levering a car upward off a
hydraulic jack.

TWEEZERS:  A tool for removing wood splinters.

PHONE:  Tool for calling your neighbor Chris to see if he has another
hydraulic floor jack.

SNAP-ON GASKET SCRAPER:  Theoretically useful as a sandwich tool for
spreading mayonnaise; used mainly for getting dog-doo off your boot.

E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR:  A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and
is ten times harder than any known drill bit.

TIMING LIGHT:  A stroboscopic instrument for illuminating grease buildup
on crankshaft pulleys.

TWO-TON HYDRAULIC ENGINE HOIST:  A handy tool for testing the tensile
strength of ground straps and hydraulic clutch lines you may have
forgotten to disconnect.

CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 16-INCH SCREWDRIVER:  A large motor mount prying tool
inexplicably has an accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end
the handle.

BATTERY ELECTROLYTE TESTER:  A handy tool for transferring sulfuric acid
from car battery to the inside of your toolbox after determining that
battery is dead as a doornail, just as you thought.


TROUBLE LIGHT:  The mechanic's own tanning booth.  Sometimes called a
light, it is a good source of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin", which is
not otherwise found under cars at night.  Health benefits aside, its main
purpose is to consume 40-watt light bulbs at about the same rate that
105-mm howitzer shells might be used during, say, the first few hours of
the Battle of the Bulge.  More often dark than light, its name is

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER:  Normally used to stab the lids of old-style
paper-and-tin oil cans and splash oil on your shirt; can also be used, as
the name implies, to round off Phillips screw heads.

AIR COMPRESSOR:  A machine that takes energy produced in a coal-burning
power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into compressed air that
travels by hose to a Chicago Pneumatic impact wrench that grips rusty
suspension bolts last tightened 40 years ago by someone in Abingdon,
Oxfordshire, and rounds them off.

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