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Car bolts

10 allen car bolts
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I want a car engineered to use only 10 allen wrenches. Everything even the wheels could be removed with these wrenches which would range from very small to very big and 8 sizes in between. When you buy a car it comes with the set of wrenches and every bolt can be accessed and turned with these wrenches with ease. Every car repair could be facilitated with these alone. Surely the tool and bolt industries hate me now! Wooo HAAA ha HA!
Willie333, Sep 29 2005


       Well, you shouldn't have left the garage door open, should you?   

       Oh, wait...
DrCurry, Sep 29 2005

       Not an entirely original idea. Many older vehicles (especially British bikes) came with a toolkit which was adequate to completely strip and rebuild the machine. Cap head (Allen) fastners are not suitable for all locations, so you'd always need a few additional tools. The reason this doesn't happen any more is that motor manufacturers don't want you to work on your own car. They'd rather you took it to one of their francised dealers or, preferably, just scrap it and buy a new one.
Twizz, May 24 2006

       The Maclaren F1 comes with a tool kit (like you'd ever dare to try and repair that car) - needless to say, all the spanners etc. are made from titanium.
hippo, May 24 2006

       I like it - I might even buy one.   

       A series of cars that were engineered to be fully and easily serviceable by idiots like me. That came with their own toolkit - it sounds quite frabjous. Wooo HAAA ha HA!
zen_tom, May 24 2006

       How about you buy an adjustable wrench?
BJS, May 24 2006

       I hate that car companies don't want you to work on your own car. I recall that a few years ago, Volkswagen was going to put a plastic shield over their engines so you couldn't even do anything more than check the oil level. I don't know if they went ahead with that, but it pissed the hell out of me.   

       [+] for sticking it to The Man.
shapu, May 24 2006

       You probably won't find anything like that coming out of the factories today, but this was standard practice in the early days of automobiles. Many cars had small toolboxes built into the engine compartment, and came complete with all the tools you'd need to perform most minor repairs.   

       Even more recently, the early Jeep vehicles (CJ5, CJ6) and their immediate predecessors (Willy's Overland) could be stripped to parts with nothing more than an adjustable wrench, a wide-blade screwdriver (used more as a prybar than a screwdriver) and small assortment of Torx bits.
Freefall, May 24 2006

       don't know about the allen keys themselves...refer to previous entries...   

       although bun from me for the underlying concept..bravo
samosa_pirate, Jan 21 2007

       I think it was the Australian HQ Holden which could be stripped and rebuilt with a single 10mm spanner.
BunsenHoneydew, Jan 27 2007

       The Triumph Herald could be almost totally dismantled with two 9/16 spanners and a Phillips screwdriver. (And you could remove the gearbox from inside the car; I speak as one who knows.)
angel, Jan 28 2007

       //And you could remove the gearbox from inside the car// - that must have come in handy..... [angel]   

       "Let's pull over for a rest in this lay-by dear - you make the tea, and I'll get busy removing the gearbox" - "But I don't like being left in the car on my own" - "Have no fear Oh precious one, in this type of car, you can remove the gearbox without leaving the vehicle".   

       Or... "Step outside your vehicle sir ! - and kindly remove your license from your wallet, and don't forget your gearbox as well - we'll be needing to look at that too."
xenzag, Jan 28 2007

       //that must have come in handy//

Yes, actually; it was pissing down at the time.
angel, Jan 28 2007

       .....so you took out the gearbox to stop the rain ? novel solution.
xenzag, Jan 28 2007

       Well, it's not raining now; you be the judge.
angel, Jan 28 2007

       "To avert today's anticpated rainstorm, Triumph Herald owners are being urged to remove the gearboxes from their vintage cars in a co-cordinated, nation wide exercise. Following closely the expert advice of our special hafbaked consultant [Angel], we advise all participants that this action must be completed whilst remaining inside the car."
xenzag, Jan 29 2007


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