<VV> Fw: Re: Tools & Spares (why????)
Chris & Bill Strickland
lechevrier at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 7 11:58:41 EST 2010
I admit that Smitty's list looks more like a good place to start
stocking a Corvair repair business instead of your trunk, but my
personal optomistic karma (and history) with automobiles is somewhat
diferent than Smitty's, and perhaps others. I rarely do not get to
where I am going, whether it is the local gas station or New Orleans (I
live in Oregon). If the plastic and aluminum radiator in my Isuzu
Trooper hadn't blown apart recently, I would have finished that trip,
too -- partly a Corvair club event in central Oregon with additional
plans on my part.
And, I don't carry a lot of tools and spares -- a $3 disposable socket
set from Wally World, a bigger pair of channel locks, a small pair of
real Vice-Grips, jack, lug wrench and spare tire and fanbelt (and wrench
to fit), a can of Insta-Flat Repair and tire plugging tools and a gallon
can of gas, food, and a blanket, and I'm generally ready to go. And
spare sparking, if I have electronic spark control.
One can always order up a tool set from Sears and have it delivered to
your location, and our vendors ship parts for those dire circumstances
that do occur ...
I did take one trip on a known to be bad Corvair clutch that I didn't
have time to change beforehand -- carried a floor jack, new clutch and a
pile of tools (car was a bit heavy in the front end), but made it there
and back just fine before changing said clutch. It would have been
foolish for Smitty to have done that, but for me, it worked out fine.
YMMV, but hopefully, y'all have similar trouble free future travels --
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