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Old 09-17-2019, 08:59 PM   #1
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Iím still pretty new to Model As, and Iím starting to put together a travel toolkit, probably a tool roll. Here is what Iím thinking Iíll collect:

Flat blade screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
SAE wrenches
Pliers
Some sort of light weight hammer

I have a Victoria, so there isnít a lot of extra space when four passes rare in the car.

What else would you add?


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Old 09-17-2019, 09:00 PM   #2
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A jack

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And t bone wrench

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Old 09-17-2019, 09:01 PM   #4
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Some extra water for radiator

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Old 09-17-2019, 09:05 PM   #5
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What do you need the Phillips head screwdriver for? Poke a hole in something? ;-)
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:09 PM   #6
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What do you need the Phillips head screwdriver for? Poke a hole in something? ;-)


I just assumed there would be some of that type of screw somewhere on the vehicle. Most likely replacement stuff. Lol. My I could strike that item.


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Old 09-17-2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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A tire gauge would probably be a good idea.


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I keep a tire gauge in one of the door pockets. It doesn't take up much space.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:59 PM   #9
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That depends on several factors:

1) Your confidence in the condition of the mechanical and electrical systems of the car. How big of a tool box do you tote around with your modern car? Henry put a tool bag and owner's manual in every new A. That should be sufficient if everything is in excellent condition.

2) Your mechanical, electrical, and diagnostic skill level. Pulling a trailer load of tools won't help if you have little practical experience in using them. If the engine quits do you know what to look for and where/how?

Seriously, if you are just starting with A's your best tool kit includes a AAA or insurance card with roadside assist and towing.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:35 PM   #10
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I agree with MikeK about AAA but be sure your cell phone is along and charged. Les Andrews' red & blue books are permanently carried in my trunk for reference.
My wife & I consider ourselves long distance tourers so I carry stuff I have seen to be useful on "roadside seminars" or have seen being used at the trouble tent at regional or national meets. My friend Ron Harper always said "if you have it you won't need it". There are lists of parts & tools to use as a shopping list if you are going to get beyond your towing mileage limit. I have carried a "For Sale" sign to threaten the car since about 1984.
My wife has a small bag of essentials for every tour, short or long. That bag has toilet paper as priority #1. We were just at the Bellevue NW Regional meet and one stop on the grand tour ran out of toilet paper. Be prepared.
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:55 PM   #11
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I only carry a few wrenches ,couple pair vice grips over the factory tools, not too worried, usually someone stops by and wants to help, going to get tools gives them something to do

Whenever I had a problem and didn't have the part I put one under the seat, ---one of these days I need to look and see what I have under there, 40 year collection, the only thing mostly used is the grease gun, original jack (screw type are usable, the original ratchet type are only good for display)
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:27 AM   #12
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Heading out for a 4-day tour in a couple days. In addition to all the stuff mentioned (including TP), i can think of pliers, bailing wire, crescent wrench, bubble gum, and of course, bungee cords. After all, that was standard stuff during the depression.
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:10 AM   #13
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I keep a tire gauge in one of the door pockets. It doesn't take up much space.


Good idea. I already have some fuses there.


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How big of a tool box do you tote around with your modern car?
Modern cars are so electronic nowadays that Iíve stopped carrying a toolbox. When something goes awry, itís usually one of a dozen or more sensors that I wonít have with me on a trip. AAA is my friend.

2) Your mechanical, electrical, and diagnostic skill level. Pulling a trailer load of tools won't help if you have little practical experience in using them. If the engine quits do you know what to look for and where/how? [/QUOTE]


Yes, that is one of my concerns. Iím pretty sure I wonít be able to plan for every possible breakdown, but Iím trying to plan for the routine things.


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If you are by yourself, include a current MARC and MAFCA Membership booklet with the items mentioned above. Trust me...those booklets DO COME IN HANDY WHEN YOU NEED HELP!

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Also, remember that the Victoria has a lot of room behind the upper cushion on the back seat. Lug wrench also needed. Spare light bulbs also if you are going on overnight trips.
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I got to ask and I am sure once it is said I for sure will know but what is a "t bone wrench"?

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Wrench to remove lug nuts in case of a flat tire. Some fold up even. A regular wrench may also do.

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Old 09-18-2019, 07:41 AM   #19
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I am really new to model A cars and due to that yet afraid of long trips. Nevertheless, since I have the car I had 2 problems. A) distributor issue and B) carburetor and gas line issues. For what I have been reading they are pretty common.

So, for my local trips (~60 miles) I carry in the trunk (Tudor 1929).

- all tools needed to change a tire plus 1 tube. In case I have 2 flat tires.
- A full distributor assembled
- A Carburetor.
- 1 bottle of each oil I use.
- Nu-Rex tool for timing.
- Extra light bulbs
- A set of mm Wrenches.
- Flat screw driver
- MMO to add to the gas
- Fuse
- Utility knife
- Pliers
-The red and blue technical books.
- The insurance card and AAA card. Both for towing the car.

For me those are my basics.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:06 AM   #20
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My kit consists of;
-A couple flat blade screwdrivers
-8" adjustable wrench
-9/16" combination wrench (this is the wrench I find myself most often looking for)
-Feeler gauges
-Jack and jack handle
-Crank/lug wrench
-Pliers
-Spare points and condenser
-Fan belt
-Light bulbs
-Fuses
-Bailing wire
-Tube of grease
-Quart of oil
-Gallon of water
-FIRE EXTINGUISHER


With this kit I can do pretty much everything I'd be comfortable doing on the side of the road.
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