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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 19, 2:09 PM
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

In my 67 I have a full socket set with some wrenches. In the center console I have various amperage glass fuses. 2 screw drivers. I also have a small spool of 16-18 awg wire.

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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 19, 2:52 PM
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

In the good weather months i will drive my Camaro or the Monte about 200 miles round trip up to my place upstate. Like most here, both cars are maintained well, but ***** can happen.
Each car has a spare that fits and holds air, as well as a jack. I like to carry a roll of duct tape, and a pair of gloves in all my vehicles. I keep at least a quart of engine and trans oil in both, there is a fire ext. in each car. I have some more stuff like antifreeze in the Monte, since you can fit a few dead hookers in the trunk. Trunk space in the Camaro is at a premium.
Depending on whatever car i am taking that weekend, i will put my mediocre tool set, my cordless impact, and my Noco Genius jump starter. Having some tools, and the jumpstarter thing always come in handy since i have all the toys upstate, golf cart, 4 wheelers, etc.
There is always an led flashlight in all of my vehicles.
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

It varies greatly, I always keep a spare new and a spare used serpentine belt, and a hose, and a 5/8" wrench behind the seat. I had a pulley alignment issue that is MUCH better now, but still not perfect. I had to trim the width of the belt by 1 groove... Never had a problem, but so easy to swap out and fix with just a wrench on the tensioner. Plus my upper hose is routed like a drunken sailor meandering around the alternator and is 2 hoses joined by pipe.
Other than that embarrassment, the only time I carry tools and spares is when I go to Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise and put about 1,000 miles on that weekend. Still only hand tools, a normal wheel/tire instead of the behind the seat ancient spare, coolers, chairs, rolls of paper towels and duct tape. I figure what ever is actually needed won't be what I brought, so just drive it, if something isn't reliable fix it first.
But with an El Camino, it is easy to just keep tossing stuff in the bed under the cover, and next thing you know you need to pump up the air shocks to keep the headlights on the road.
When me and my dad drove it from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh, I brought everything he had for it, and the bed was full, plus our 2 small bags for clothes. Only issue we had over the whole 2289 mile trip was 1 quart of oil, 1 low tire at a morning check, and an exhaust hanger cracked last day.

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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

Oh ya, I forgot, for out of town trips, I take along a "spare" trunk---------------------with the kitchen sink.













And the spare trunk has a spare tire.










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post #20 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 19, 3:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

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I have a jack that fits into the hole on the chevy frame. It is a horizontal jack and wont mess up a bumper. Cant remember what it came out of, 80/90's GM.
Here's a link to the jack on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevy-Capri...BvKa:rk:1:pf:0

I also bought one of those jacks on Ebay. Mine cost a LOT more than the one in the link, but mine looks like brand new. Haven't had to use it yet, hope I never do.

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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

I have:

1) Spare Pertronix module.
2) Spare Pertronix coil.
3) One new unopened quart of current engine oil flavor, car doesn't use oil between changes, but for some reason I can't kill this habit.
4) Spare alternator belt.
5) Full spare with BFG Radial TA and factory jack... not sure I would use the jack unless absolutely necessary.
6) Basic tool kit (3/8" drive sockets, ratchet, extension, pliers, vise grips etc.).
7) Glass fuse pack.

This has been a really good car so far in the many years I have owned it, only one road side wrench incident (coil crapped out... not sure why that happened, hence my spare now).

I'll be honest, in nearly 40 years of driving GM muscle cars (they were my daily drivers in the beginning like everyone else before they became collectables) these cars have served me well. I had a set of points go bad in Utah once on a road trip in my Buick GS400, I didn't have to stop, it just started missing like crazy and I replaced them at the next town. After that trip I started packing my dwell meter. I damaged an engine once driving my car like a you know what, not really the car's fault. I got home but the motor needed a complete rebuild, most of the rod big ends were oval... but they stayed attached at least. My wife's 72 Monte Carlo (pseudo muscle car) had the timing chain fail on her at work at well over 100,000 on the clock, not really unreasonable. These were generally reliable cars in stock form.

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post #22 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 21st, 19, 7:20 PM Thread Starter
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

Since I'm the one who started this thread here's my list.
Spare tire, jack, lug wrench, jumper cables, basic socket & tool kit, screwdrivers, test light, fuses, shop rags, plastic tarp, 2 orange cones, quart of trans fluid & funnel, 2 camp chairs, detail spray, microfiber cloths, window cleaner, paper towels, fire extinguisher, blanket.

I think I'll add a spare alternator belt and power steering belt, even though the engine belts are new.
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Just a Channellock so I can get the damn Muncie shifter out of 2nd gear!
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And the spare trunk has a spare tire...


Great idea. One while driving my father-in-laws Envoy towing his Formula Vee SCCA race car back after a crash (he was too sore to drive) and my first time ever driving with a trailer, one of the tires blew out on the Ohio Turnpike, in a construction zone with barriers on the sides, kept going till I could pull over, and we found out, the trailer spare wasn't packed for that trip. Ended up being a looonnnggg day.
(the tire took out the trailer fender, but luckily, nobody or nothing else was hurt/damaged)

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post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 19, 8:48 AM
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Re: What spare parts & tools do you have in the trunk?

I have a spare Chevelle in my trunk.

I am getting better, though. I just did a purging and removed about 20 lbs of tools that I use to haul everywhere. I now just haul bare essentials for tools. I still have pretty much a spare of most things that could come in handy. It's been carried over from when I had a '72 Cutlass convertible that I road tripped across the country for more than a decade and I everything I owned fit into that trunk. I'm trying to cut things down, but there's still a lot of stuff in there like extra fluids, hoses, belts, HEI parts, light switches, spare with the jack and jackstand, headlight, coolant, water, hiking backpack, folding spade, emergency triangles, first aid kit -- still a lot of stuff.

The greatest thing I recently bought and carry in the trunk is a portable jump starter. I've had it for about two years, recharged it only once, and used it recently for the first time on a battery that suddenly died. The charger is only about the size of a paper back book and cost about $60. It saved me several hours of having to wait for a tow truck then get another car to buy a battery to bring back to the Chevelle. I just jumped the car once to get where I was going, then jumped it again to get to the auto parts store for the battery. Best money I've spent in a long time.
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