A vehicle listed as a "mechanic's special" on craigslist appears to be, at first glance, a remarkable deal. A mechanic's special is usually a vehicle listed far below its blue book value, with a few minor issues outlined that any competent backyard mechanic can easily diagnose and fix. This problems are usually referred to only in the vaguest of terms, such as a "clunking sound coming from the transmission" or "hissing sound from the radiator."
Of course, these problems turn out to be much more severe - such as a blown headgasket, thrashed transmission, detonated cylinder, and the like. The odometer reading is often conspicuously absent from the reading. The owner will often feign ignorance about vehicles in hopes of getting rid of it at a good price, but actually are often competent car people themselves.
The only valid use for a mechanic's special is as a parts vehicle, and only then once the owner has been talked down to a reasonable price.
1992 Chevrolet 1500 4x4 $900 OBO - Mechanic's Special!
'92 Chevy half ton, 4x4, 4" suspension lift. Great truck, 4x4 stopped working about a week ago, slight ticking sound coming from the engine. Should be an easy fix. Call @ 555 - 5555
In Canadian politics, a conservative party member who traditionally leans more towards the left ("red;" socialist) than the so-called "blue tories." Red Tory vs Blue Tory tension has been visible since the days of confederation.
The red vs blue rift was most visible from 1987-2003 when blue tories upset with Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative policies split off into a more hardline conservative party, the Reform Party, and its successor, the Alliance. This proved to ultimately weaken support in parliament for the right as the vote was now split between two right-wing parties. The Progressives and the Alliance were finally reunited in 2003 as the Conservative Party of Canada, although with largely blue tory ideals.
Man, Joe Clark is such a Red Tory.
A term for the close air support operations provided by Strategic Air Command B-52s based in Guam during the Vietnam War. The name comes from the codename for the mission, Operation Arc Light.
Arc Light, one minute out, sit tight.
In theatre, an initialism for "Lights." Typically called by the stage manager with a number denoting the cue number to be executed by the lighting board op.
Stage Manager: Stand by LX 34 through 38.
Board Op: Standing by.
Stage Manager: LX34 go.
Board Op (after the cue's fade time is over): Complete.