QOTD: First Hit of a Lifelong Addiction?
Most of the gearheads in this audience turn a wrench or three. It’s part of what makes the community at TTAC such a great one: authors and readers alike enjoy (and understand!) wrenching on cars as much as they enjoy driving them. Those attributes aren’t a requirement for hanging around these digital pages but it sure does help.
You author spent a leisurely few minutes changing over the tires on his trusty Dodge Charger from winter to all-season rubber. While spinning lug nuts, I started thinking: what is the first tool bought by most gearheads?
Some obvious answers to this question? A socket set is surely near the top. Armed with a few ratchets and sockets of various sizes (metric and standard, right?) most of us probably cut our shadetree teeth with these tools. If you picked a set with six-sided deep sockets, you get extra bonus points.
Or perhaps a floor jack was your first buy. After all, a good one allows for quickie tire changes and extra clearance while diagnosing that clanking sound that reared its head during the last handbrake manoeuvre. You’re supporting the thing on jack stands while you’re under there, right?
With those purchases comes the need for a tool box, of course. Then special tools like a torque wrench or timing light. This gives rise to stuff like angle grinders and bodywork tools, eventually culminating with an enclosed garage of some shape … which quickly becomes full. As I said, it’s the first hit of a lifelong addiction.
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