Ok...I haven't visited this site for awhile and I ahd to read what started this. Very interesting. To Cody (no relation) what you are talking about doing is wrong. Just flat wrong. Get the tape, buy an inexpensive timing light. Autozone sells them for 30 to 60 bucks. Keep it...you'll need it. I read your description of teh "dudes" at Kragen. Items returned like you timing light can be returned but it comes off the stores P&L (profit and loss). With loss, comes less total income to pay good people. The bottom line is, your actions are not helping. Now, I work at an Autozone. I deal with "loan a parts" like you every day. Always willing to help, or give it my best try. Not perfect, but will try. Theotehr responses are right. If you realy like cars, now is the time to collect tools. many of mine are over 30 years old and work great. Many I don't need often (thank god) but I have them when needed. We are all on a budget. The zone is my second job. You are not alone, just need to get your feces consolidated.