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What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Islnder102 ()
Date: April 21, 2017 03:10AM

Now that my 68 will be on the road more frequent, I wanted to gather a list of items I should have in the trunk at all times. What tools and sizes are most common to use? What replacement parts should I have immediately on hand? Besides the emergency roadside kit I already have of course.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: 65CrownV8 ()
Date: April 21, 2017 04:39AM

Number one on the list should be a GOOD jack. I use a jack from a mid-60s Pontiac. It works like a hydraulic floor jack, but the concept is like a bumper jack laid on it's back. I'll try to post a picture when I get home tonight.

The Corvair jack, IMHO should only be used when you are on a flat, level surface and should be used in conjunction with jack stands. But who has room to pack jack stands.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Ratt643 ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:14AM

Always carry a spare fan belt. The rest is up to the ownwer. I travel with my 64 so I keep a spare points plate and points plus a spare fuel pump.


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Maryville, TN
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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: bbakerga ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:27AM

Of course, a fan belt... but if you are running points you should have a set of those and a couple condensers. I've replaced more condensers on the side of the road than anything else. Obviously you'll want the tools needed to replace a fan belt, points, and condenser.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Mark M ()
Date: April 21, 2017 07:36AM

Couple push rods and an extra set of valve springs. I busted a spring on the way home from CORSA Springfield last year. Fortunately I was only a few miles from home.

Maybe a fan bearing.

Mark M
Project: 64 Spyder Vert running 80 hp heads and carbs
1st Vair: 65 Corsa 140
St. Louis, MO
Show Me Corvair Club &
CORSA member

"If it's not broken, you're not driving it hard enough"

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: April 21, 2017 07:51AM

The question is how far will you be away from home? Short local trips may not need to carry much. Long distance cross country trips are a different story. I have never carried a fan bearing and have driven as much as 6,000 miles on a cross country road trip. My cars are VERY well maintained though and I keep a close eye on things (noises, sounds, smells, fluid levels, leaks, etc).

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: April 21, 2017 07:57AM

A pocket full of cash will solve 99% of your problems most of the time.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: jcorvair ()
Date: April 21, 2017 08:27AM

I would also carry a good used mated rocker and rocker ball, just in case you have one break.

James
Maple Ridge, BC

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Turbo
2013 Hyundai Elantra (daughter's future car)
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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: ac1948 ()
Date: April 21, 2017 09:15AM

Corsa roster. Jerry

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 21, 2017 09:18AM

Good towing INS..





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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: bobvair ()
Date: April 21, 2017 09:33AM

Think of the few things that cannot be had at a parts or hardware store. At the top of that list is a idler assembly. We all have the odd one sitting around. Cheap insurance.

Bob Slusher
Portland, Oregon

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Kyle_in_Mich ()
Date: April 21, 2017 09:35AM

Mark M Wrote:
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> Couple push rods and an extra set of valve
> springs. I busted a spring on the way home from
> CORSA Springfield last year. Fortunately I was
> only a few miles from home.
>
> Maybe a fan bearing.


How do you replace a valve spring on the road? just curious...

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Traverse City,MI
Daily driver- Bicycle
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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: April 21, 2017 09:58AM

Kyle_in_Mich Wrote:
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> How do you replace a valve spring on the road?
> just curious...
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One of these and a length of 1/4" soft rope!







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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Mark M ()
Date: April 21, 2017 10:25AM

As usual, Matt's got it. Hardware store for rope and FLAPS for the loaner tool.

Mark M
Project: 64 Spyder Vert running 80 hp heads and carbs
1st Vair: 65 Corsa 140
St. Louis, MO
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CORSA member

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: April 21, 2017 01:17PM

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: April 21, 2017 02:16PM

When I was under 20 years of age, (40 plus years ago) I had an oil pressure switch fail on my. I was only a couple blocks from home and thought that I could make it home without any problem. Yes I did make it home.

What happened next was a lesson learned the hard way, I spun a couple crankshaft bearings. Yes, I wound up rebuilding the engine, replaced the crank, new main & rod bearings, rings, valve job etc...

My point is that if you are assembling an emergency repair kit, consider a oil pressure switch and the proper socket needed to replace it if needed.

Another suggestion is to carry a small funnel, a rag, and a quart of oil because one never knows when your car will mark it's parking space enough to become a quart low while on the road.grinning smiley

1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: April 21, 2017 04:52PM

One issue I had about 35 years ago was my engine started to smoke BADLY. I thought she was fried. I smelled gas, checked the engine oil level and it was real high on the stick. I went back a bit later with a large engine oil drain pan and enough tools to do an oil and filter change (you wouldn't believe how fast this "oil" drained out of the engine) and to replace my leaking fuel pump. So I guess the lesson (I haven't learned it yet) is to carry a large drain pan, tools to replace a fuel pump, tools to do an oil change, an oil filter, and 5-6 quarts of engine oil.
I don't know if I am suggesting to have this stuff at all times or not.

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: 7004doorL ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:37PM

A 1/2 x 9/16 inch wrench to put on your spare fan belt.
and disconnect your battery if needed.

Practice removing a flat tire and installing the spare tire to see if you
have all the tools. Somewhere safe.

Mike
1960 4 Door
80 HP, PG

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: Frogfinder ()
Date: April 21, 2017 06:15PM

Hand gun,Fire extinguisher, AAA,Cell phone,credit card,cash,fan belt,fuel pump, jump box, gas can, basic tool kit to change parts, Bible.

jeff

66 Corsa 140 4 spd
Houston, Tx

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Re: What should I have at all times?
Posted by: 7004doorL ()
Date: April 21, 2017 06:23PM

Carry a good, preferably a dial tire pressure gauge.
So a spare tire with 35 PSI can be adjusted down to 15 PSI or so
to avoid handling problems if needed up front.

And to check your tire pressures regularly too.

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