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Spares to Carry on a trip

I thought this had been discussed before but can't find any mention in a search.

Are there any suggestions for a reasonable list of spares/tools to carry in an Austin 7 on a longish trip such as-

Points
Gaskets
Axles
Puller
Pump
Jack
and so on - hopefully not to overload the machine or preclude luggage.

Cheers, Tony.

Location: Melbourne. Victoria, Australia.

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Timely post Tony as I am thinking of what to carry with me on my marathon around the UK next month. Problem is I cannot take much on the plane over.
I reprint a post by Ian McGowan on the subject. Are you thinking of going some where? cheers Russell

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OK Rupert, everyone has hedged around the issue and, what you carry is very much down to the individual but, at the risk of ridicule, here is my "loading list".

LOCATION OF TOOLS AND SPARES.

FRONT PASSENGER SEAT.

Oil filler Funnel,
spanners and sockets,
spare rag.

DRIVER’S SEAT.

Whitworth Combination spanners,
Thread files,
Hub Puller,
Screwdrivers Lge, Med, Small, Stubby.
3/8” AF Comb. Spanner,
Tyre Pressure gauge,
Linesman’s Pliers,
Jet Key,
Diamond Files,
Tyre Levers,
Spare wheel nuts,
Hammer,
Sparking plugs.
Wheel nut spanner,
Spare spokes and nipple key,
Multi-Tools & Knife,
Feeler Gauges,
Emergency oil filler cap,
Torch LED,
Headlamp LED,
Hand wipes,
Voltmeter,
Gas Soldering Iron,
Choc. Block Connector,
Tow Rope,
Jacking Block,
Spare bulbs,
Prop Shaft Flexi Coupling + studs and Nuts,
Drain Plug.

REAR SEAT N/S.

Foot Pump,
Spare inner Tube,
Radiator hose + Clips
Fan Belt,
Puncture Outfit,
Distributor Cap + Acorns + clip + washers + HT Lead,
BA screws, Coil, Points, Rotor Arm, Condenser etc
Wiper Arm + Blade
Wheel studs + Nuts,
Flasher Unit,
Rag.

REAR SEAT O/S

Jack + Handle,
Rubber Gloves,
Hacksaw,
Wire,
Tape,
Fibre Washers + Nuts & Bolts in tin.
2 valves, collets, springs,
set of new Big End shells.

AMMO BOX containing:

Wire, Tape, PTFE Tape, Choc. Blocks, Small G-Cramp, Small File,”AnyFit” spanner,
springs, Mole Grips,
Sharpening stone,
Tin Snips,
8” Adj. Spanner,
Parallel Jaw Pliers,
81 Pliers,
Loctite & Red Hermatite,
ScotchBrite Pad,
Small Blowlamp + Solder,
Plain & Phillips Screwdrivers,
Wheelnut Wrench.


Ian Mc.

Location: Shropshire

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Re: Spares to Carry on a trip

Hi Russell,

Thanks for that- and thanks to Ian for putting such a comprehensive list together.

No long trip presently planned - I was asked by the Editor if I knew of a good list of spares and tools- I was sure I had seen one but couldn't put my finger on it.

Ian- being your list, would you give permission for us to publish it in 'The Light Shaft' magazine and Club Website with grateful acknowledgement ?

Cheers, Tony.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Re: Spares to Carry on a trip

Russel,

I have left you a voicemail - I am happy to loan you anything I have here that may be of use to you, tools, spares etc.

I can arrange delievry to where the car is being stored.

Get in touch if this would be of help to you.

Cheers

R

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Quote: Tony Press
Hi Russell,

Thanks for that- and thanks to Ian for putting such a comprehensive list together.

No long trip presently planned - I was asked by the Editor if I knew of a good list of spares and tools- I was sure I had seen one but couldn't put my finger on it.

Ian- being your list, would you give permission for us to publish it in 'The Light Shaft' magazine and Club Website with grateful acknowledgement ?

Cheers, Tony.


Be my guest Tony. It was just a list of what lives in my car. I also made a matching list, laminated, of which spares etc. are where in the car and the list lives under the drivers seat.

cheers,
Ian Mc.

Location: Shropshire

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Re: Spares to Carry on a trip

Ian,

Thanks again

Cheers, Tony.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Quote: Tony Press
Ian,

Thanks again

Cheers, Tony.


Hi Tony, I missed off that list the spare halfshaft and key that travels on the rear crossmember.

Ian Mc.

Location: Shropshire

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Silly though it may sound, there have been many instances of gear levers snapping off, that can leave you totally snookered (2 instances in the Cornwall Club to my knowlege). If it's a long trip, it may save embarrassment..........
Bob

Location: St Tudy North Cornwall not far from Alastair

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Having had the gearstick break the other night, while dicing with silage trailers on a narrow lane, I was very glad that, as a result of previous experience, I always carry a spare. Five minutes and I was back on the road. The spare fits nicely above the battery box on a Ruby...

Alastair

You beat me to it Bob...

Location: Port Isaac

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I carry a spare gearstick in the boot of the Pearl.

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The Speedex catalogue of parts offered a fabricated extension with an exchange for your old gearbox top and lever - with the caveat that the lever had not been previously welded... That was 60 years ago... where did I put that spare one...

Location: Colchester

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Re: Spares to Carry on a trip

As usual on these occasions, I'm left feeling completely inadequate in the face of other people's orderly systems. I have to admit that I travel with no more than a basic tool kit plus a few bits of wire, string and sticky tape.

The one time that my gear lever broke I was just leaving Nottingham for the 108-mile trip back to Herefordshire.

I clamped a large Mole wrench to the stump and drove the whole way using that to change gear, including through the Birmingham rush hour.

Location: Herefordshire, with an "E" not a "T".

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Great minds think alike Martin, one of our BA7c members broke his 29 gearstick just starting out for Beaulieu in the 1970s and like you used the mole wrench clamped on the remaining 'stub' for the journey there and back, didn't do his hand a lot of good though!
Ever since then a spare gearstick is under my back seat.
Ian M

Location: Bristol

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A charged up mobile phone!

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Thanks R, added to the (growing) list.

Cheers, Tony.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Hammer + bigger hammer + duct tape. :-)

Location: North Herts

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Quote: David Harrison
A charged up mobile phone!

I remember reading in one of the classic car mags years ago,They were doing an interview with I think Tony Dron ,A famous racing driver and author.A question was asked "What do you think is the most important item in your toolkit?"
His answer,A mobile phone.

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Of course Tony Dron is an enthusiastic 7 owner. All 6'6" of him.

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Location: North Herts

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If your car has a 22FZB carburettor carry a spare plug which fit below the jets. I lost one on Lewis a couple of years ago, fortunately I had a spare.

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Quote: Dave Mann
If your car has a 22FZB carburettor carry a spare plug which fit below the jets. I lost one on Lewis a couple of years ago, fortunately I had a spare.


Also carry some superglue -- the petrol feed union is a weak point and past over tightening ( not me guv ) leads to a hair line crack which then becomes a problem when far from home. A squirt of super glue followed by immediate tightening will get you home and more. I had this problem on the last Eurotour and found this to be a good solution.

Charles

Location: Norfolk

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Although I have thanked him in private for this generous offer, let me publicly aknowledge the help and advice Ruairidh has cheerfully given to me, many others on the forum and probably elsewhere. thanks again Russell



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Russel,

I have left you a voicemail - I am happy to loan you anything I have here that may be of use to you, tools, spares etc.

I can arrange delievry to where the car is being stored.

Get in touch if this would be of help to you.

Cheers

R

Location: oz

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I gave the Editor the various suggestions.

He replied-

"Crickey. I think I will leave it in the garage. 😄"

Cheers, Tony.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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About 12 years ago I went on a 2CV Raid through the centre of Western Australia. With 2CVs it was all about weight as if you carried too much, things started breaking, so most tools had to be at least dual purpose. The best instance of this was when I broke a clutch bell crank (not 2CV) in the middle of nowhere and my friend Shayne got out his "welder" which was the glass out of a welding helmet and a welding rod, he then proceeded to scrounge a wine box and duct tape that made the helmet and then asked around for jumper leads and a couple of car batteries that made up the rest of the welder...12 years later the clutch is still working.

Location: Rokeby, Victoria, Australia

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Well, I have learned something now. In all the years I have owned my Swallow and driven it a fair bit, I have never heard of the gear stick breaking! I would have bet on the brass selectors (having worn down to a point) breaking first. I do have a gentle touch, it has to be said, and my gearbox is as sweet as can be. My only spare gearbox is a 4 speed and without looking I wouldn't know if the lever is interchangeable - knowing my luck it probably isn't.

I don't have a spare half shaft either so if one broke I would phone a nice man; a very nice man, with a low loader to take me home.

Location: Derby

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I think it is a problem which only affects the four-speed boxes - all the broken ones I've seen seem to have gone at the groove cut into the stick for the circlip which retains the chrome disc.
I've repaired the broken one from the other day by tapping 5/16 BSF threads in the two broken broken faces and inserting a stud, then welding around the 'crack' which I'd opened up slightly. But I haven't re-cut the circlip groove as its obviously a weak spot. What do others do? I'm sure there are better solutions out there...

Alastair

Location: Port Isaac

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Quote: squeak
Although I have thanked him in private for this generous offer, let me publicly aknowledge the help and advice Ruairidh has cheerfully given to me, many others on the forum and probably elsewhere. thanks again Russell



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Russel,

I have left you a voicemail - I am happy to loan you anything I have here that may be of use to you, tools, spares etc.

I can arrange delievry to where the car is being stored.

Get in touch if this would be of help to you.

Cheers

R


Bloody hell Russell - I was only joking! I intend to profit from this pseudo generosity handsomely! Expect my bill - soon!

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Quote: Ian McGowan
Quote: Tony Press
Ian,

Thanks again

Cheers, Tony.


Hi Tony, I missed off that list the spare halfshaft and key that travels on the rear crossmember.

Ian Mc.


Is that the one I think it is Ian? If so, it's been 18 years since I first put it there. May 1999

Steve

Location: North Yorkshire

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Quote: Ian McGowan
Quote: Tony Press
Ian,

Thanks again

Cheers, Tony.


Hi Tony, I missed off that list the spare halfshaft and key that travels on the rear crossmember.

Ian Mc.


Is that the one I think it is Ian? If so, it's been 18 years since I first put it there. May 1999

Steve


Same one Steve, I hope that it remains there, unneeded and undisturbed for another 18 years, thank you.(I have added additional cable ties, wouldn't want to lose it!!)

Ian Mc.

Location: Shropshire

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