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"Dude, what's in your Car?" 521

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"Dude, what's in your Car?"
« on: January 06, 2020, 10:13:05 PM »
I started the "on the go" kit discussion about what sort tool kit people take with them to do things away from home and the work shop. 
https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,83653.0.html
It quickly branched into a discussion about the tools that travel around in cars and trucks.
What do tools do you have in your truck or trunk?  Personally I don't much care about the survival stuff, but it's your truck or car. 
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 10:20:19 PM »
Has anybody out there bolted a surplus ammo box in the engine compartment of your truck/SUV as a tool box?  I've seen it done, but never got around to doing it myself.  I know mounting ammo boxes to farm tractors to hold chains and other things a popular DIY option.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 10:32:58 PM »
I have 4 cars and none have room for a box bolted into the engine compartment?
Why would one do that anyway?
To keep the tools warm?
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2020, 11:17:41 PM »
I have 4 cars and none have room for a box bolted into the engine compartment?
Why would one do that anyway?
To keep the tools warm?
It keeps the tools close to where they might be needed, locked away in a place thieves can't see or would expect to find them.
Maybe it's a truck thing, there's often more room under a truck hood.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 12:31:07 AM »
It keeps the tools close to where they might be needed, locked away in a place thieves can't see or would expect to find them.
Maybe it's a truck thing, there's often more room under a truck hood.
Not in mine.

Also just like the other thread I work from the trucks and so the tools are in there ready to go and be on the move all the time.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2020, 12:44:34 AM »
I've been, as of late, keeping the tools I typically use in the garage locked up in the truck to deter theft (since no one but myself and my folks own keys to the truck). Not a full toolset, but eventually will be, actually for the purpose of truck repair.

So far, I've got

Mixed brand (mostly USA Craftsman) Metric wrench set
Cheap 10" linesman's pliers.
Petersen Vise Grip chain wrench
Craftsman strap wrench (Granddad put it in there, I've kept it in there).
Cheap Scissors, scraper, and utility knife.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2020, 01:22:18 AM »
I keep some tools in the (mini)truck.
One set of Bahco 1/4 and 3/8 sockets.
One set of Gedore 1/2 sockets
(all metric)
Gedore Allen keys 1,5 to 10mm
Utilty knife
Various Gedore flatheads and Philips
Wrenches 6mm to 24mm
Various pliers.
Multimeter
Gloves
10 meters of rope.




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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2020, 03:51:33 AM »
Posted this elsewhere some time back.  Nice and compact, but a lot of capability.

- Steve
Full Member Posts: 211 Just a dude with an appreciation for titanium.
Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 03:35:16 AM »
But what if you need that #4(I think, hard to be sure) Allen wrench?!

I have a similar cobbled together Wera set that I carry in my work bag.

Had some fun poked at me when I mentioned it carrying it around. Used to later to help same person out of a jam. Karma!

-Wes.

Work EDC: Vic 8GB Jetsetter/Bladeless Pioneer X Mod/Olight I1R EOS/Atwood R25

Weekend EDC: LM Free T4 or Vic Delemont S18 or Vic Pioneer X/Vic Rambler/Olight I1R EOS/ Atwood R37Pry

Neatest items in collection: Full Wenger Titanium Series, Vic Voyaguer, 84mm Golfer with Long Nailfile, Several Atwoods.

These days I focus on 84mm with Scissors, odd Wenger Knives, and bladeless versions of SAKs so I can carry them at work. Oh, and oddball Pharmacy/Medical Ad Classics.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 01:18:39 PM »
My Suzuki comes standard with the jack in the engine compartment  :facepalm:

There might even be space for an ammo can, but I won't go there  :whistle:

I consolidated my tools a few years ago to one proper toolbox, on any serious trip I'd throw that in as well, but it did slide around on a 4x4 outing and leave a dent in my (single-walled) loadbed side.
I bought a bunch of stuff at a garage sale including some large size spanner, majority in imperial sizes that are useless and I intended to forge into knives or hatchets.
Used the Metric ones on my car, so they went into the toolbox. I however realized that the vast majority of the tools I have are no use in the car, basic as it is, and the car tools I only ever use in the car....

About two months ago I picked out all the relevant tools, they're in a bag under my passenger seat.
Under my seat I have another bag containing (as far as I can remember):
Fuses
Jumper leads
tyre pressure gauge
emergency triangles
Gloves
Mora 511 pimped with ferro rod
tow ropes (for other cars  :P)
Tyre repair kit
There's more, I'm sure....... :facepalm:

12V pump behind the passenger seat.

Several cheap mylar survival blankets in pouches of the seat covers.

Spare sunglasses, book of life and a useless FAK that came with the car in the glovebox.

After building a canopy last year I can now actually lock the car for the first times since I bought it in 2016, took my chances with thieves as far as the bag under my seat is concerned from day 1, since added the rest.
The spare used to hang off the back, had to remove that bracket so the spare now rides in the back halfheartedly strapped down, I have a second spare that I throw in for trips.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2020, 02:36:47 AM »

I bought a bunch of stuff at a garage sale including some large size spanner, majority in imperial sizes that are useless and I intended to forge into knives or hatchets.

Some tools sizes actually translate across.  So if you have one you don't need the other. 

FYI
5/16" = 8mm
 3/4" = 19mm
13/16 = 21mm
7/8" = 22mm
There are others that are close, but those four really fit.
The 8mm is a very handy socket size for spiral hose clamps, the other three are common lug nut sizes.

Be careful to never use a SAE Crescent Wrench aka "the many 16th's" when you should be using a Metric adjustable spanner aka "The Saskatchewan socket wrench, Shifter".
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2020, 10:11:26 AM »
Some tools sizes actually translate across.  So if you have one you don't need the other. 

FYI
5/16" = 8mm
 3/4" = 19mm
13/16 = 21mm
7/8" = 22mm
There are others that are close, but those four really fit.

I knew some were close, but that's very interesting, thanks!  :salute:
Full Member Posts: 115
Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2020, 01:21:09 AM »
I knew some were close, but that's very interesting, thanks!  :salute:
There are a couple ways to find out these sorts of things, my favorite is doing the math.  There is no reason you should take my word on the subject as fact, I could be a troublemaking troll.  By all means check it for yourself.

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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2020, 02:23:51 PM »
Does any body out there have a wire twisting tools in their rolling kit.  THere's the old standby Aviation pliers.  I have a Clamptite, there are a lot of others available commercially and a plenty of self made versions.  It can be invaluable for doing repairs in the field using stainless safety wire.  It doesn't completely replace all hose clamps, but it can do a lot more than just hoses, the same way fencing pliers can do a lot more than repair fences.  Safety wire is a lot more utilitarian than zip/cable ties.  You can use the package hook on your SAK to twist wire, but It's a poor substitute.
What about multimeters and other test equipment?  I always have a DVOM and a test light in my kit.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2020, 01:33:51 AM »
The same tools that I carried in the Marine Corps:
Leatherman
550 cord
Electrical tape
Zip ties
Hook knife
Mini Maglite.

Plus:
Small pair of Channellocks
Ratcheting bit driver with bit set
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2020, 04:44:29 AM »
I'm not automotively handy, but keep a basic tool kit in my car. Jumper cables, a folding saw, 8 inch crescent wrench and channel locks, a ratcheting bit driver, stanley knife, assorted sockets,twine, and a pair of gloves. Comes in sporadically useful.
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2020, 10:14:17 PM »
Fuses and bulbs are kept under the dash, hd jumper leads under passenger seat, tow straps and duct tape under drivers seat.
Ratchet straps and stretchy cords in the boot side pocket.
Chains are usually only carried in winter.

Taking a bunch of kids through cave stream later today so took pics before I loaded the boot up.
Looks like the hammer and can of 556 have gone walkabout.





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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2020, 10:21:23 PM »
Forgot to mention the flashlight, SAK, Surge and bit kit etc in the glove box.   :facepalm:
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Re: "Dude, what's in your Car?"
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2020, 10:05:49 AM »
Dr Zoidberg is ready for action!  :salute:

Hose clamps and randon nuts & bolts......will have to steal that idea  :cheers:

 

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