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Old 10-07-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Gift for the mechanic who has everything - clever flexible light or mirror?

I just had my motor rebuilt and a new clutch put in at a shop, and the mechanic did a great job. I would like to get him some small gift to show my appreciation (and I also may be developing a crush on him! ), and was thinking along the lines of this gorilla light:

http://www.amazon.com/Joby-JB01239-C...=gorilla+torch

It does have magnetic feet, but I'm not sure how strong they are, and I'm also concerned that the rubber legs may have a short life if used near a hot engine.

Do you have any suggestions? Maybe there's some kind of similar flexible clip-on mirror? Thanks!

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Old 10-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #2
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Ya'll might try some home baked goodies instead....

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Old 10-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #3
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Ya'll might try some home baked goodies instead....
i agree with this one. he probably has that light or mirror.....

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Old 10-07-2014, 01:07 PM   #4
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beer usually works

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Old 10-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #5
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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Ditto on the baked goods. Also an excuse to slip in your phone number.

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Old 10-07-2014, 04:38 PM   #7
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Default Re: Gift for the mechanic who has everything - clever flexible light or mirror?

Three things that my wife gets me that is always great consist of baked goods, beer, and/or steak. Since you would probably be bringing it to his work, the baked goods would certainly be the best bet.

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Old 10-08-2014, 05:12 PM   #8
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Default Re: Gift for the mechanic who has everything - clever flexible light or mirror?

Okay, baked goods wins it by a mile!

Easy for me, and showing up on the first really cold morning (by South Carolina standards) with warm homemade muffins for the shop will advance my cause!

Plus, now I can order this really cool light for myself instead of him. It looks a lot more useful than the gorilla light and probably won't melt:

http://www.amazon.com/Horisun-LSMF20...tic+flashlight

•Magnetic extendable flashlight with flexible neck
•Powerful retrieval magnets on both ends
•Three super bright LED bulbs
•Telescopes from 6.5 to 21 inches
•Heavy-duty metal construction; (4) LR44 lithium button cell batteries included

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Old 10-09-2014, 11:52 AM   #9
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Easy for me, and showing up on the first really cold morning (by South Carolina standards) with warm homemade muffins for the shop will advance my cause!
Sounds like a winner! Not enough people show their appreciation for a good shop/mechanic and it'll be good for his ego (he might get ribbed by some of his coworkers, but the boss will notice one of his employees got praised for a good job, never hurts)

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Old 10-15-2014, 10:49 AM   #10
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Through all the work I've done on my car, the best thing I've found for help is a head-lamp with an adjustable beam.

Thus far, this has been simply awesome.



REALLY freakin bright, and the brightness is adjustable. the weight is split between the front and rear, balancing the weight.... Best light I've ever had!

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Old 10-15-2014, 12:29 PM   #11
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(he might get ribbed by some of his coworkers, )
Oh, quite the contrary. A female customer, probably doing a lousy job concealing his interest in him, shows up with home-made baked goods for him, and they'll be thinking "dayum, what has he go that I ain't got?".

As for that second Amazon product, when you show up with the plate of muffins or whatever, have the page up on your phone. Casually mention that you're thinking of getting one for yourself, and what does _he_ think (more ego stroking) of the quality, usefulness, etc., since, you know, you trust his judgement... His reaction might give you a sense of whether he'd be interested in one too -- just in case you want an excuse to show up at the shop again...

Agreed on the first one - looks cheap, and some negative reviews suggesting same.

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Old 10-16-2014, 09:02 AM   #12
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Through all the work I've done on my car, the best thing I've found for help is a head-lamp with an adjustable beam.

Thus far, this has been simply awesome.



REALLY freakin bright, and the brightness is adjustable. the weight is split between the front and rear, balancing the weight.... Best light I've ever had!
The Headlight is the Best! I use it all the time and there are good and inexpensive ones for sale at The Home Depot now and then. You can leave/lose the first light wrapped around the lower pittman arm of that '76 Nova you'll never see again as it drives away but you always take your head out of the car when you're done.

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So... did the muffins work?

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Old 10-20-2014, 03:11 AM   #14
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When you bring your baked goods, be sure to wear this shirt:
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Oh, quite the contrary. A female customer, probably doing a lousy job concealing his interest in him, shows up with home-made baked goods for him, and they'll be thinking "dayum, what has he go that I ain't got?"

"Probably doing a lousy job concealing her interest in him", YES, by a factor of about 50!!

Also, I thought you had to be far south of the Mason/Dixon line to use "dayum" in a sentence....

And, no haven't tried the baked goods strategy yet, but it's still pretty warm out, I need a nice cold morning.
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It keeps popping up on the ad section of facebook for me for some reason....

http://teespring.com/loveshermechanic

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