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Old 01-31-2009, 03:08 AM   #1
Titanium Samurai
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Impreza GC8 Community pool of supplies...

Back in Edmonton, there was a cycling club -- mainly used by people who used their bicycles for commuting -- to which you pay a small yearly fee in exchange for use of the tools and supplies at the club's garage. It was a co-op of sorts; I don't see why the VIC couldn't start something like that for Scooby DIY servicework. No single person has to be in charge of or responsible for the thing; it's managed by the community.

I just gave away about $200-$300 worth of cleaning and detailing supplies plus another $150 of axle stands and a nice full jack. If 20 people each contribute one item, each person has access to 20 items for the cost of the single item ($15) plus a club fee ($insertnumberhere). The logistics aren't as simple as the concept, but they're bound to be simpler than changing the headlight in a civic (from what I was told, or was that a VW?) and certainly doable given the dedication and participation of the GVRD Impreza people already on this site.

How many regulars are there in the VIC?

Let's say one person (mod?) keeps track of realworld contact info for each user who wants to participate. Let's say that there's a tote / box / container of degreasers and cleaners. damianq has it, and yannerd wants it. yannerd pm's damianq, they schedule a pickup, and yannerd posts in a sticky what he's been given. yannerd does what he needs and holds on to it. A week or month later, 32rulz needs degreasing, so he pm's the last posted person (yannerd), and you get the idea. It's inherently self-checking for the memory-impaired or even the morally dubious. Let's say down the line that Penphoe wants the pack. Jeff54 was the last person to post the 'I have it' list. Jeff54 replies to Penphoe that he doesn't have it but that he gave it to Shadowdancer a week ago. Jeff54's responsibility was to make sure that Shadowdancer posted the list, so the responsibility lies with Jeff54 for the missing stuff. Maybe Jeff54's hoarding it, maybe Shadowdancer ran off with it -- the community will be able to handle such a case of abusing the co-op.

* I'm sure Shadowdancer and Jeff54 are great guys (wordup, dawg) -- I'm only using the names for example purposes.

Let's say that a cleaner pack and a shine pack and a lube pack (snicker, snicker) work well for a year. Graduate the community to tools so that we don't have the horrid closet/garage-cluttering duplication (triplication, multiplication) of the same tools that most people likely use only now and again. There are already cases of "You can come over and use my gapper to do your plugs" and the like -- why not build on this?
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:28 AM   #2
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Sorry I'm a hunter, gather and like to keep my stuff in the condition that I last used it in. Sure you can borrow almost anything of me but if it's not in the condition it was lent then keep it for yourself and I'll take the replacement you just bought me. Just ask me how well lending out my $300 compressor went, to my brother in law, last month.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:36 AM   #3
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1) Communal tools never works. 'Maybe' in a bicycle context where you need a handful of tools but not in an automotive context. Just ask ANYONE who has ever been is the position.

2) Real estate. You need to rent a communal space to do real work. $$$$$$$$

For the small stuff you are talking about it hardly seems worth managing it.

Last year I lent Zefy an engine stand, engine lift, jack and axle stands. I'll probably never see them again That's some heavy %$^^ to move around...
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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i told you already, I dont has the degreasers anymore! lol

its a good idea i guess....but to be honest it wont work...if i need a tool i dont want to be tracking people down and driving all over the place to get it, and secondly i like buying tools.....mostly for the convenience of having them when i need them.

Now what would be awesome is if the VIC could come together and rent a giant warehouse somewhere with a few lifts in it...split the cost to whoever wants to use it....kinda like a VIC shop....

but then again that would never work with this many people, and people who dont know eachother, there would be liability crap, and all sorts problems with people arguing over lifts, people leaving messes, people taking other peoples stuff....i mean not saying we're all bad people.....but if it's truly a community thing where anyone and everyone are invited it just seems like a recipe for disaster
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:55 PM   #5
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Build a club car instead

Buy an old 93 impreza or Legacy, put everyones spare parts on it, strip it to the bare bones and race that bad boy!
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