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  • Lee Putman

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    I have 3 vintage Fiats, and while I have a separate box of spares for each (cap, rotor, fuses, fuel filter, etc), my tools are a mess. I have some tools on my bench, and some in each car, and it seems I can NEVER find the exact darn tool I'm looking for! I've considering making one small 'go bag' of tools & emergency supplies that I swap into whatever car I'm driving, but I know I'd forget it & drive off in one of the other cars. So, more than anything, I always keep up my Hagerty Roadside Assistance. They can at least get me out of the line of fire, and they have been WONDERFUL to deal with in the past!

    from Chicago, IL, USA
  • Vince B

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    I think you forgot three of the most important items for any emergency kit - zip ties, safety wire and ratcheting tie down straps.
    Anything you cannot secure properly with the zip tie gets the safety wire and when that breaks you use the tie-down straps. You'd be surprised how many tow truck rides you can avoid with a tie-down strap being used to hold your axle in place...for instance. Trained professionals only, do not try this at home

  • Jim Mitchell

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    Not really a tool, per se, but a necessity for any old car IMO - a fire extinguisher. That smoke coming out from under the hood can turn into a roaring blaze quickly and a fire extinguisher that is quickly accessible can be the difference between a few hundred dollars in repairs and a total-loss car-be-que.

  • JR Nichols

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    I'm working up a tool roll also and I have bought several that I have returned for various reasons. So far the best one I've found is the Bucket Boss 07004 Duckwear Tool Roll -


    For a smaller roll that might go on a motorcycle or a small car with no boot the Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch -


    Canvas rolls for wrenches can be found at Woodcraft.com and search "Deluxe Canvas Tool Roll" They have rolls between 25 - 11 pockets.

    Small canvas bags for smaller tools by Arsenal but I didn't like their canvas wrench roll up -


    I tried the "FIRE HOSE TOOL ROLL" at Duluth Trading Co and while nice I found the straps to wrap around it wimpy and very short.

    Your milage may very.

  • James Irmiger

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    Best thing my dad ever advised...wrap your tool kit in a pair of coveralls! You never know where you'll be when you have to go crawling around under your car, plus, they muffle the sounds of the tools rattling around :)

    from California, USA
  • Steven Bruneel

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    Not actual tools but necessary:
    A small collection of flashlights for those after dark emergencies.
    A plastic tarp for when the ground under your car isn't a pleasant place to be flat on your back.
    A square piece of thick plywood for when every crank of the jack just sinks it deeper into the ground.
    An umbrella for when it is pouring rain half way between Billings and Miles City, Montana, you seem to be the tallest thing in three counties and you need a timeout to recapture the humor of the moment.

  • Paul Steel

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    When I went to view and test my triumph, I noticed a nice full set of original tools and spares in the boot in the spare tyre well, including overalls, gloves, warning triangle, fire extinguisher, plugs, bulbs, even a spare electronic ignition, so I was lucky that all of this was included, but when I collected the car a week later, the boot space was full of boxes that the seller hadn't shown me, in there was everything from a hub puller to a spare set of lamps, an alternator, gasket set, various screws, nuts and bolts, air filters, books, magazines (one featuring the car in triumph world 20 years ago), I felt very lucky.

  • JR Nichols

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    For small screws that you need a jewelers screwdriver I like the one from Micro Mart -


    For a tarp I carry something that just might save my bacon on a cold winter day.....it's a tarp, it's a blanket, it's a poncho -


  • Martin McAllen

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    Always carry a cheap multi meter, it might not be able to fix the problem, but it'll certainly help you in finding out what the problem is. The ultimate tool these days seems to be a good mobile phone! If in doubt phone for assistance.

  • Guest (Dulcimer Nielsen)

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    It’s a 1968 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon. Original owner, original engine, never rebuilt. 410,000 miles, seven times across the USA. So many people come up to us and ask about the car that, due to popular demand, its life story is now an Amazon eBook and is titled “A Ford Affair –The Car That Wouldn’t Die”. After only a week on Amazon’s website it was already #6 on their classic car e-Book best-seller list. And yes, we drive it on daily errands and everywhere else. It is our only car. Comments welcome.

    Dulcimer Nielsen