Originally Posted by Richard
FedEx is probably a lot cheaper.
Oh, no doubt. FedEx is a business that has to show a profit. The government will just keep bleeding us.
I think the answer her lies in the fact that I was a mechanic, not in my various jobs in finance. For example, many times mechanics have to make/modify tools. I remember a fellow mechanic making a clutch-puller because we needed one and Harley hadn't provided us with one yet.
I admit, I wasn't a tool and die maker, but I have seen a six-point socket "thinned" to get into tight places.
We always say that smart guys are "rocket scientists." Well, to build a rocket, you need "rocket mechanics." Somewhere in the vast expanse of skunkworks factories is a guy with a lathe, a drill press and full tap and die set.
If a Harley mechanic can make his own fuel filter fitting, a missile guy can duplicate this magic wrench. To prove this, see the link below. I have personally talked to the wrench (just a Joe Dirt mechanic) who handmade the prototype of the one seen below.
He made one for me out of billet steel, and charged me the princely sum of 23 dollars. I gave it to my mechanic a full year before Harley issued the official model. If we can do it...