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Post by giddo » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:05 pm

With the prospect of warmer days and more / longer journeys I've been thinking about what tools / spares I should put into the boot. So I ask the collected wisdom herein for suggestions. Assume an SE6 or SE8, assume UK travel, assume having to stop at the roadside in open country, assume also that you have been able to be righteous and replaced semi consumables like spark plugs & Vee belts & hoses etc.

My thoughts start with :-
A pair (large & small ) adjustable spanners
A hex drive screwdriver handle and 30 or so hex bits ( Draper do a good little set for around £8)
One of those folding multi tool things that becomes a pair of pliers / all sorts of hand tools
A Stanley Knife

Light bulb set, at least 2 each fuses of a range of Amps
Several tie wraps of different sizes, a couple of Jubilee clips
Self amalgamating tape, Insulating tape
Some of that plastic covered soft Iron wire used by gardeners

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A mobile phone and an AA / RAC / Green Flag card

AND
At risk of being called heretic, what about a tin of the hole sealer / tyre re-inflator instead of that heavy spare wheel & jack

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Post by Rattling » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:33 pm

I've had some thoughts on the same lines and got some very cheap tools from the pound shop :D probably won't last very long but hopefully I won't have to use them !

Having tried to do emergency repairs with a pound shop adjustable, I'd rather have fewer better quality tools - pick up a rusty Bahco adjustable from a car boot for a quid instead. If sat it the car for ages, they'll go rusty anyway!


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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:41 pm

However many tools you have, you always need the one you left in the garage!

Couple of adjustables, a small socket set, tywraps, gaffer tape, a good length of 30A wire, a simple on/off switch with a couple of good lengths of wire pre-installed, some epoxy putty and a Leatherman/Gerber will either get you going, or be too big a job to do by the roadside in which case use the backup kit (Mobile phone & Breakdown)


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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:53 pm

Worth keeping an eye out for special offers - a long time ago, I got a toolkit from Argos for IIRC £15.95, and it has a useful selection of tools - a set of 1/2 in drive sockets/ratchet, combination spanners, 4x screwdrivers, handle and bits, pliers, hammer, etc. Ok, not exactly Snap-On quality, obviously, ( :shock: ) but great if you're stranded at the side of the road!

On the subject of punctures, I haven't had very many, but two of them couldn't have been solved by a can of gloop, no matter how good, so personally I'd always carry a spare wheel. (make sure you've got the right nuts/socket if your spare isn't the same as your regular wheels!)


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Post by cannonball » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:02 pm

Low profile jack
axle stands
torch
high viz
sockets
pliers
screwdrivers
hammer
af spanners
ratchet strap to keep door shut
gaffer tape
low level work platform so you can climb up when the car is up on jack
oils
water
radweld
gazebo in case of rain
something to lie on when under under car
blue towel
trailer to carry all the crap.

and an AA / RAC card if ye can't fix it. :D



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Post by gtcse8 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:20 pm

Diddley Squat is what I take in most of my Scims. :idea:

Only time I have needed recovery was in the SST, bloody crank angle sensor in the dizzy packed up a mile from home so needed recovery. :oops:

This is an electronic part, unlike points and condenser, and is fitted to my youngest Scimitar.

Although the GTC has a "magic Box" ie ignition amplifier I have only ever needed recovery in a GTC because of a bust auto box, (long story). :evil:


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Post by scimjim » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:49 pm

Mobile phone and AA card :P

Only my small sports have spare tyres and jack/wheelbrace because they’re so well fitted - no spare tyre in 8 ball (including Le Mans trip).


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Post by ScimmyMike » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:21 am

Mobile phone and breakdown membership all well and good but my only breakage was 6 miles from the nearest mobile signal, just sayin


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:05 pm

I think a lot comes down to your personality - some people like to be prepared for anything, some people don't, and I think you'll never change people's personality by reasoning :)

Another point worth considering, in my own case anyway, is that I have driven a great many miles over the last forty-odd years, but I've never owned, and never driven a modern car (apart from a few times in the '90s when I borrowed company pool cars to get to meetings). That means it's always been *worth* carrying tools, because with a classic, there's always a chance of being able to repair the car. If you drive something fairly modern, there's a good chance that if it breaks, recovery home is the only option. :)


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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:37 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:05 pm
I think a lot comes down to your personality - some people like to be prepared for anything, some people don't, and I think you'll never change people's personality by reasoning :)

If you drive something fairly modern, there's a good chance that if it breaks, recovery home is the only option. :)
and if an old car you still need recovery cos the AA can't plug in the diagnostics :-)


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:03 pm

Of course! I would always have recovery cover, because there are some things that are essentially unfixable in *any* car (like the time I burned a valve in my mk2 Escort), but there's a much better chance that you won't need it with an old car.


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Post by gtcse8 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:35 pm

I have a recovery plan with Emergency Assist, who are RSSOC sponsors, I have their Premium plan which costs me less than £28 a year, it also covers homestart and has my everyday car AND the SST on the policy.
I have needed them more for my everyday car than the single time the CAS failed on the SST.

They have got me going again or recovered me to my workshop without a problem.
NTDWM but I recommend them without fail.
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post by gtcse8 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:35 pm
I have a recovery plane[/quote].
I prefer helicopters myself - shorter runways! :D


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Post by gtcse8 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:05 pm

Don`t know what your referring to :W


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Post by turboscim » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:07 pm

at a trackday in france a group from up north with stripped out fords had between them, a whole car, less bodyshell distributed among the cars which made an impressive pile in the paddock.



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