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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: What Do You Carry for Parts and Spares? Reply with quote

For a newbie this is great reading. Not a Thing owner but came very close to trading an ailing 74 mustang for one back in the day. Wish I would have. My neighbor is in to the 4X4 truck stuff and I know space is cramped on these but he said to get a sheet of 1 inch plywood(cheap stuff is ok) cut is 24 inches wide down the middle. Now you have two long sheets. He said to get some cheap brush paint and douse it good on both sides. Douse it good again on one side and while wet pour dry sand all over it. Let it dry and douse that side again. He uses them to slide under the tires when stuck to help it crawl out. I think I would make them shorter for something the size of a VW and maybe cut some one inch holes along it to help the tire get a grip. Like I say new to this but every little bit helps. You could probably prop one up on two logs and make a nice bed too. LOL
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: What Do You Carry for Parts and Spares? Reply with quote

What about spare battery clamps or a way to fix a broken battery cable?

I've recently noticed my + side is cracked, if that came off, broke, etc,
I'd hope I had a pair of lock joint pliers or a c clamp or something to hold the connection to the battery.

Duct tape may work in a pinch, need a knife to peel the cable to get a connection or a hose clamp maybe.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old thread new tool...

Ive been looking at these for a while now and finally bought one a few weeks ago. Last week a contractor lost his battery charge out front of the shop. He had a Dodge Diesel 2500. I hooked this little guy up and it cranked it over really easy. Great tool for charging cell phones and other modern electronic tools. Oh did I mention 600 crank amps! One Bad Ass little tool. I wont go out off roading without it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain

I posted that initial topic. Your response was great. While others goof a little. We all know that with the right supplies, we won't be calling triple A when we are 1000 miles into Baja. Thanks for your input.

Almost have my 74 on the ground running. 2 more weeks Woooo Hooo!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sam_w wrote:
I am going to get a chromoly gland nut to replace the standard one that is in there. I guess that I should also carry a torque wrench good for 360 ft lbs.


I have several 0-600 lbs-ft torque wrenches for sale, if you need one.

100.00 plus shipping.

Not Chinese junk, but CDI- Snap-On industrial quality.

let me know.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We will see,
I am going to the Classic in Orange county this weekend, and plan to go to VIntage meet in July.

I will also visit my cousin in BC so plan on 4,000 miles in the next moth or so.[img]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151660877430909&set=a.95499460908.85476.696325908&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf[/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sam_w wrote:
I am going to get a chromoly gland nut to replace the standard one that is in there. I guess that I should also carry a torque wrench good for 360 ft lbs.

Sam, given your penchant for adventure, your parts and spares kit needs to be on a whole different level! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going to get a chromoly gland nut to replace the standard one that is in there. I guess that I should also carry a torque wrench good for 360 ft lbs.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yarkle wrote:
you do when the VW is broke down in the middle of nowhere and youve got nuthin to drink!


I broke down with a G-30 one ton trruck in the middle of the Arizona desert. The lug nuts had been put on by King Kong and had to call assistance to remove them.

I fixed that as soon as I got to civilization.

Fortunately it was 106, but we had shade and water, my older friend was having problems.

My other contribution: a cotton rug to use to lay under the vehicle and trap all the small parts that fall.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't drive more than 40 or 50 miles in any direction from home....I take nothing with me and all spares and supplies stay in the garage where I can easily get to them...I always do a "pre flight" inspection before going anywhere....I refuse to rebuild it on the side of the road...if I drive any farther than 50 miles, it certainly won't be in the Thing....not that I don't trust it (I certainly do), but it does not provide my aching back much comfort...I have physical limits and don't need to be beat up by driving my Thing too far....that's what luxury cars are for.....but I do carry a first aid kit and fire extinguisher on board. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

baja kid wrote:
some times the most obvious goes over looked

In this case it was my sarcasm that was overlooked. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yarkle wrote:
you do when the VW is broke down in the middle of nowhere and youve got nuthin to drink!


I remember those days Very Happy

I actually grew up in the desert! Here in Georgia though, lack of water ain't really a big concern.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain Spalding wrote:
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its hard to believe after three pages of posts but a few bottles of water never hurt. cant believe no one thought of this one ...

You stole my thunder! I was going to mention it in the "What Do You Carry in the Disaster Kit" topic, or maybe the "Navigating the post-E.M.P. Apocalyptic Wasteland" topic. Or even the "Expedition to Hell" thread. But when I was preoccupied with wrenches, screwdrivers and light bulbs, water didn't seem to enter my mind.



sorry for stealing your thunder but some times the most obvious gos over looked
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

baja kid wrote:
its hard to believe after three pages of posts but a few bottles of water never hurt. cant believe no one thought of this one ...

You stole my thunder! I was going to mention it in the "What Do You Carry in the Disaster Kit" topic, or maybe the "Navigating the post-E.M.P. Apocalyptic Wasteland" topic. Or even the "Expedition to Hell" thread. But when I was preoccupied with wrenches, screwdrivers and light bulbs, water didn't seem to enter my mind.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you do when the VW is broke down in the middle of nowhere and youve got nuthin to drink!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

baja kid wrote:
Hey guys I have been grabbing ideas from this list getting my off road tool kit together and one thing you guys failed to mention and its hard to believe after three pages of posts but a few bottles of water never hurt. cant believe no one thought of this one... anyways just another thing to throw in your tool kit!!


Water?
Water?
We don't need no stinking water!

Real Volkswagens don't need no water! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys I have been grabbing ideas from this list getting my off road tool kit together and one thing you guys failed to mention and its hard to believe after three pages of posts but a few bottles of water never hurt. cant believe no one thought of this one... anyways just another thing to throw in your tool kit!!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: tool kit Reply with quote

Semper_Dad wrote:
mtwrench540 wrote:
i found it strange that no one mentioned a fan belt and tools to change same,if this breaks you areDEAD IN THE WATER,try to find belt in middle of nowhere Embarassed cause it is a simple job yet so critical!


Spare belt was listed (Item 22) in the OP first post


Just got back from a 500+ mile round trip to a show/vacation/visit the daughter. Had spare this and that, but at about mile 400 I found I should have packed some hardware!

Red light comes on, I pull off interstate and find the generator pulley not quite where it oughta be! The nut had no thread at all. Shaft was okay, but nut just could not hold. Tried making safety wire from road trash tire wires with no luck. After a bit of thought, the front shock lower mount offered assistance. Same thread size, and my 10" adjustable wrench got the job done.

I will pack some spare nuts bolts and screws in the morning!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

splits-n-scoots wrote:
I also carry a fuel pump,enough coiled up copper tubing to run a makeshift fuel line and 6ft of fuel hose,a pre set up distributor & clamp and a pre dialed in carb.sealed up in a bag,a used pressure plate&clutch and an spare T.O bearing/clips and shaft(it all fits in the suitcase) a small hydraulic floor jack and a roll of TP. Don't laugh,it sucks to be without these things when needed. .


Especially the TP!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Towel Rail wrote:
bucko wrote:
Was a flashlight mentioned? I remember sending some of you one of those clip type lamps that plug into the Thing accesory socket. It contained about 10 feet of cord to allow light at each of the four wheels.

Flashlight to light up the engine compartment at night.


Those headband (miner style) kind are great -- it points where you look, hands-free!


I have one of these miner lights and use them, I just keep the batteries out of them until use. If it's real cold, you can warm them in your hand and they work better.

Also handy is a flashlight that doubles as a screwdriver, you can find them on E-bay for about 6.00.

I have a friend who carries two sets of connectors and a brakeline (metal) that has been squiggled so it can be bent, compressed, etc.

I have been looking at modifying the jack stand that comes with the Citroen DS and adding a leg to it that would fold, so that the jack stand lies jflat or can be strapped to the side of the trunk

What about a 12V air compressor? They are small.

And a couple rags/paper towels flattened.
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