Here at Too Manly, we can’t get enough of men’s humor, and what’s more humorous than a good practical joke, especially one involving cars?
The guys at The Chevy Source let us in on two car pranks that gear heads will especially love:
The impossibly good gas mileage trick
Retold by a guy who worked at a Volvo dealership in the early 1970s, this prank involves cars made by Swedish automaker Volvo.
For those unfamiliar with Volvos of those years, they were very well-built but were heavy and not great on gas. As the story goes, a shop foreman decided he had enough of vehicles that got “poor gas mileage” and decided to buy an ultra-thrifty Fiat 1500. This gave him tremendous bragging rights at the dealership.
Tired of his better-than-everyone attitude, his fellow workers decided that a two-step prank was in order. The first step was to get the new Fiat 1500 to deliver some really stunning gas mileage, and fortunately, this wasn’t hard to pull off.
Every few days, one of the mechanics would go out to the shop foreman’s Fiat and add some gas to his gas tank. They continued this for several months in order to make the shop foreman think he was getting close to 90MPG. Needless to say, he bragged to everyone in sight about this.
The second step was to simply stop adding extra gas. Well, the foreman’s mileage quickly dropped from 90MPG back down to 35MPG and the poor guy kept on bringing it back for evaluation to the local Fiat dealership. Frankly, no one there believed for a second that he was getting 90 MPG in the first place so they really didn’t take him seriously.
Eventually, the secret slipped that he had been duped by his co-workers and, let’s just say, he wasn’t too pleased.
Don’t irritate the maintenance guys
This prank allegedly occurred in a large manufacturing plant. As the story goes, the head of its Quality Control (QC) department was a particularly nasty person who showed little respect to the maintenance guys we worked with. So, one day, when Mr. QC rolls into work with a beautiful new Corvette, the maintenance guys quickly take notice and decide to teach him a lesson by pulling a rather creative prank.
This is what they did: Every day, one of the maintenance guys would slip out to the parking lot and pour a half a pint or so of oil under the motor of his Corvette. Good enough, right? No, it gets even better! One of the 2nd shift maintenance guys lived near Mr. QC and every night, when he got home from work (in wee hours), he would also pour a little oil under the car there too.
After many trips back to his local GM dealership (which you can just imagine were just a touch heated), Mr. QC decided he couldn’t take it anymore and sold his prized Vette. If fact, as the story goes, he never bought a GM car again. Rule of thumb for those in management: Don’t irritate the maintenance guys.