The Curved Dash Olds was the first car designed around a common set of parts, and was in fact the first to be built in series on a rolling assembly line. This interchangeability was demonstrated to the press as Olds mechanics removed components from one completed car, and proceeded to install them on a second. Not only were the parts common between vehicles, but in general so were the wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools used to build or un-build them.
Oh if only that were the case with our cars today. Instead, we are faced – frequently half-way through some maintenance project – with the requirement of a unitasker tool to complete a certain task. I have a number of these, brake retractors, cam aligners, gear shims and more, and many of the damn things are for cars I no longer even own. Most manufacturers only require specific-model tools for rarely practiced maintenance or repair. Others, like Rolls Royce, demand a widget unusable anywhere else to do something as simple as change out a shock. Hence the singular reason I don’t own a Roller, I don’t have the tool space!
Have you similarly amassed a collection of unitasker tools that clutter the drawers of your tool tower, or rattle around in the back of a garage cabinet, behind the brake cleaner and mouse traps? Do you have any tools the use of which is for a vehicle you no longer own, or worse whose specific function now escapes you? What single-model special tools do you own?
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