Recommended Roadside Toolkit

 

This is a brief list of some things I consider essential anyone driving an old british car.

  • Screw drivers - several sizes both posidrive and slotted. You may use phillips screwdrivers if you really have to but it is often safer to assume that what you are dealing with is posidrive and not phillips.
  • SAE Combination Wrenches - Should be at least a good 11 piece set, 7/16", 1/2", and 9/16" are the most common sizes you'll run across, be sure to have these.
  • Emery boards - These can be purchased in any drugstore. They happen to be perfect for cleaning points and if the points are fouled up in your fuel pump, it can be just enough to get you back on the road again (at least enough to get you where you're going).
  • Pocket Knife - Nothing fancy or expensive, just a good sharp blade, A knife sharpener is another good idea to have.
  • Scissors
  • SAE socket set(s) - Should be a set complete with multiple extensions, deep sockets, and shallow sockets. At the very least get a 3/8" drive set. Avoid sets that require a 3/8" drive to 1/4" drive adapter to go down to the smaller size sockets in the set. It saves time if all your sockets use the same drive size. Rarely will you ever need to use a 1/2" or 1/4" drive, you can bring these too, just keep them separate from your 3/8. If space and money are issues, just bring the 3/8" drive set.
  • Test light - Purchased from any car parts store, get one that works with 12v circuits.
  • Feeler gages - get a good complete set that includes a sparkplug gapping tool. Mine goes from .006" to .045"
  • Magnetic LED flashlights - If you're broken down at the side of the road at night or just need to see where the sun don't shine, you'll wish you had these. Moss sells something called the light mine witch looks good but I have no experience with it. I picked up a set of two magnetc flashlights from home depot for cheap. they are aluminum use three AAA and have 9 white LED's each. Be sure you check to make sure the batteries are fresh before setting out on the road.
  • Extra nuts and bolts - Should be the type and size you find most often. Rusty bolts can break when you try to loosen them. Other times it's just easier to bust off the nut. It should include some extra lug studs. These can break if you are overzealous when tightening the lugnuts after changing tires. Even if you never exceed the recommended torque, the last thing you want is to remove a flat tire and find that you no longer have any way to bolt it back on. Bring extra lug nuts too incase you lose some or incase a stud breaks.
  • Crimp on spade connectors - multiple gages, preferably in a sturdy reusable multi compartment organizer tray.
  • Electrical Tape
  • Pliers - needlenose, snapring, standard, and angled are all usefull. Bring what you can fit.
  • Vise Grips
  • Hammer
  • Chisels and punches - SCREWDRIVERS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE! They weren't designed for that kind of abuse. a good set of cold chisels and punches will save you a lot of headaches and busted screwdrivers.
  • Crowbar
  • Bailing wire
  • Extra Distributor cap
  • Extra Fuses.
  • Circuit Multi Tester -Check the batteries on this unit regularly (at the same time as the flashlights).
  • Magnetic pickup tool - When you drop a nut in a hard to reach place in your car, you'll wish you had one.
  • Extra bullet connectors - Male and the tubes used to connect them. The tubes corrode and lose their strength with time. Sometimes you need one to reconnect the wires and nothing else will do.
  • Dilectric grease - Use this anytime you connect any connectors of any kind.
  • AntiSeez - Put a little of this on most of your nuts and bolts so they wont be a pain the next time you have to loosen them
  • Extra oil and fluids
  • Extra throttle cable - These can break but not without warning if you regularly work in the engine bay.
  • Extra throttle return springs. - These break often with little warning. You can bend a new hook on an old one after it breaks and it might get you home but not much further than that.
  • Tire plug kit
  • Tire Valve Stem tool - in case it's leaky and needs tightening.
  • Battery terminal cleaner