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Recently Rod Wallace asked what parts and tools he should carry when touring. The original Ford tool kit was sparse and changed a bit over the years. These are the tools for the 1909-1913 model years: T1349 hub cap wrench. T1387 adjustable wrench. T1902 screwdriver. T1903 pliers. T1904 spark plug wrench. T1917 wrench. T2336 tool roll. T2337 oil can. T2338 tire pump. T2340 tire iron.
After you have toured a bit your “kit” will in part be determined by the breakdowns you and other T friends have experience while touring. We tease Keith Robinson about carrying an anvil because on one of our tours he could have used one to effect a coffee stop repair.
Here is what I carry. It is not a complete list and reflects my own quirks and experience. I will post this article on the www.foothills-T.club blog so that others can add to the list by commenting on the article.
I transfer this “roll” between Ts and often take it with me in our modern vehicles. It has a zipper pocket for odds and ends.
Spark Plug Wrench
The open end (15/16”) works for original plugs, rear axle nuts and the lock nut on the low band shaft. The socket (5/8”) fits head bolts if you need to replace a head gasket. The wrench is the right length to approximate the proper head bolt torque. No need for a torque wrench.
Travelling along HWY 1 on our way to Medicine Hat our T pickup began acting up. I turned out that the porcelain on one of the plugs had cracked. I was glad to have a spare plug.
Replacing a head gasket can be done at the side of the road using the spark plug wrench. You will need a bucket to hold the antifreeze.
I chose this jack because of the brand name, CANUK.
I use a ratchet and speed wrench (wire wheels). If you are running none demountable clinchers you may want to carry tire irons and a spare tube or patch kit.
First Aid Kit
Most of the problems we experience while touring relate to cuts, abrasions and burns. My first aid kit is set up with Band-Aids, antiseptic ointment some gauze pads, medical tape and rubber gloves. I also keep a generic Swiss Army Knife in the kit.
I spend a lot of time fine tuning the coils to get them to run “just right”. Allowing spare coils to bounce around under the car seat unprotected is a quick way to undo my hard work.
I want to thank Harold Fricshe for making me this “bespoke” coil box that protects the points from being knocked about. Wrapping the coil in cardboard is another way to shield the fragile points.
Once a carb is properly set up there is little that will go wrong except perhaps dirty gas clogging the float needle. I carry a spare carb because when a car is running poorly the easiest way to eliminate the fuel system as the problem is to swap in a known good working carb.
Folding Chock Block
For peace of mind when you park on an incline. These came from a Princess Auto sale.
Exhaust Pack Nut Wrench
On my wish list.
Two outer bearings and nuts (left and right), 1 washer, 1 outer race, 1 inner bearing and race, nitrile gloves, cotter pins and paper towel. I pre-pack the wheel bearing and store them in freezer grade Ziplocs.
Spare Rad Cap
I take the MotoMeter off when leaving our car overnight in the parking lot.
This is a bit much for a typical three day tour, but if you are going cross county like Chris Bamford does, it can save the time of carving a new leather bearing to replace broken Babbitt.
From what I have read, the small ones are convenient but useless.
Gloves make it easier to unscrew a hot rad cap.
Oil and Water
Cheap paper-like fabric disposable coveralls.
Years ago I broke a Bendix spring. Keith Robinson had a spare in the trunk of his Coupe. Thanks Keith. I now carry a spare Bendix. A spring and tabbed washers would be adequate but rather than store a spare Bendix on the shelf I store it under the seat of my T.
Every so often these go on sale for about 9 bucks at Princess Auto.
rain-x causes the water to sheet on the windows saving you from turning the windshield wiper by hand.
Freeze plug, valve keeper and pin, haywire, duct tape, fuses, hose clamp, cotter pins, nuts and bolts, flash light, JB Weld, electrical wire and so on.
I keep a worn out Anderson timer under the seat.
Registration, Insurance, Recent Safety Checklist, Money & and Extra Key
Tour name-tag holders are a great place to store these.