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    looking for a short story

    I am looking for a short story. The story's main character ran a repair depot for spaceships in the neighborhood of earth. He was trying to expand into repairing those of the more-advanced alien species who visited earth. The problem - and maybe the title - was "the tools to make the tools". He finally gets the tech he needs by mind-scanning a visiting alien diplomat, who also turns out to be the inventor of the required technology. His success lets earth get "promoted" to a more senior membership in the alliance, or federation or whatever.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I came across this in google while searching for the same book. I have posted questions here: and here: asking if anyone can remember it. By the time you read this someone will have probably replied with the answer.

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