When I was a kid my dad had a black tool box with all of his automotive tools in it. I remember it being heavy. As I grew up, I went from not being able to pick it up, to being able to get it a couple of inches off the ground and basically drag it. Even when I was an adult, it was a load to pick up… right are being pulled down, left arm out for balance…
It wasn’t the box itself that was heavy, but it was all the shit he had in it. Wrenches, sockets, ratchets and drivers, screwdrivers, more sockets, 1157 light bulbs, fuses, pliers, bolts, nuts. It was all thrown in there. Looking for a 3/8″ drive 1/2″ socket? Good luck with that.
I always worked more on cars than my dad, so when I moved out I started gathering my own tools. And of course, I got a huge toolbox. Plastic though. And it’s still heavy because of all the stuff I throw in it. No light bulbs, bolts, or fuses though: just tools. This thing has survived being thrown in the back of various Land Cruisers, my wood truck, and dragged all over for different projects.
But, I never really gave thought to what I carry. It’s just a hodgepodge of tools I’ve bought over the years and stuffed in there. In 2012 SA4x4 (a very cool 4×4/Travel/overland magazine from South Africa) ran a contest called “Adendorff Toolin’ Around Challenge” where readers sent a pic and description of the tool kit they carry.
Interesting. I then decided to clean, organize, and catalog my tools. I’m changing to a soft bag by Bucket Boss (it fits into my drawer system because it’s more compact and can be squished).
This is what I carry with me:
in metric and standard:box wrenches, 1/4″ drive, 3/8″ drive, and 1/2″drive sockets
ratchets and extensions for each drive
two different size sparkplug sockets and a sparkplug gap tool
three different needle nose pliers
three different sizes of Vise Grips
two sizes of Crescent wrenches
snap ring plier
13mm/14mm line wrench
various screw drivers including electrical
I also carry zip-ties, electrical tape, duct tape, butt connectors, fuses, and small things like that. A few tools I like are brushes (wire, plastic, brass), 5-in-1 painter’s tool (can use it for scraping gaskets, etc.), box cutter…
I know I need to get a Torx set (the UZJ100 has those), replace some Allen keys, add a lighter and some shrink tube too…
I think it’s smart to know what you have and need before headed out; it’d be worth organizing your tools (I know that I need to get another wrench tool and a couple of tool rolls).
What tools and other odds and ends do you carry?