Taking a tip from Letterman, GM recently unveiled some Top 10 lists as the company approaches its centennial anniversary. One is for Top 10 production cars and another is for Top 10 concept cars. As should be expected with any list, whether it be top sitcoms, best ‘70s motorcycles or tastiest tailgate fare, some choices made sense to me and others simply did not.
I completely agree with the 1930 Cadillac V-16, the 1953 Chevy Corvette, the 1955 Chevy Bel Air and the 1964 Pontiac GTO. I do not envision the 1996 EV1 as a Top 10 vehicle in GM’s first hundred years. And with their concept cars list, I like the Buick Y-Job, various Firebird turbine concepts and the Volt. I don’t know why there is a Vauxhall on the list.
All this shows is my personal tastes as they relate to someone else’s list. Lists are almost completely subjective; they are simply non-scientific groupings.
Which leads me to: What are your Top 10 tools?
Do you have a favorite set of sockets or screwdrivers? Wouldn’t look at any car without a specific scan tool at your side? Do you have a drawer full of specialty tools that you dip into each day?
I would like to hear about your Top 10 Tools. I know your fellow readers would, too.
So, here’s the deal. You send me a list of the Top 10 Tools in your toolbox, and I’ll talk to some manufacturers and get some new tools I can send you if I print your list in an issue of PTEN.
You can send your list to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to
PTEN Top 10
1233 Janesville Ave.
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
What do your customers want? This should be a constant concern/worry/mantra repeating at the back of your head throughout the day.
Back in the mid ’80s, cars started showing up at repair shops with engine systems that were computer controlled and the technician couldn’t even adjust an idle.