OK, it’s winter. OK, it’s late fall, whatever, it snowed yesterday. In any case, I’ve got a lot of more gear and informational posts lined up because I’m old and I don’t like fishing in the cold. Now, I was going to do a video for this but it’s a tool kit. You know what tools look like, right? Some of the other posts I have planned will have videos to compliment them but not this one. So, without further adieu…
I’ve got a Jeep and it’s old – sort of. It’s a 1998 Wrangler with 112,000 miles on it. Pretty good for a 16 year old Jeep. It’s got some minor cosmetic issues but mechanically, it’s solid. But that can change in a hurry. Last fall I was on my way to fish the East Walker when I heard a funny noise. It turned out to be my serpentine belt. The radiator had sprung a leak (they’re plastic :roll:) a few weeks earlier and they nicked the belt putting in the new one. It was almost shredded. I nursed the Jeep back to Wellington, NV, and the Shane at Masse Performance put on a new one for free and got me out fishing.
But what if that belt went when I was down on the elbow with no cell coverage in late fall. I didn’t see another vehicle while I was there later that day. I would have been be stranded. That’s one of the reasons for my survival bag project but it also convinced me to stop putting off building a tool kit. I’m not sure I could have fixed the Jeep since I didn’t have a replacement belt, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth having some tools when I’m out and about. Plus, the kit can be used around the house (though I have a separate collection of hand tools at the house), for helping others if I come across them or if my sons’ truck breaks down and I need to play AAA.
So, I did a lot of research to figure out just what’s needed. Turns out, you need a lot. Jeeps are metric and in addition have Torx heads all over the place. After market stuff is often standard (English). Plus there’s the odd hex head here and there as well. Ug! But wrenches won’t do everything. You need pliers, saws, hammers, duct tape, a light, a shovel, and on and on. I’m not going to explain the uses of everything. If you don’t know, you probably wouldn’t know how to use it to fix something anyway.
But a few things bear some explanation. The light I found at Wal-Mart. It’s a flashlight, a work light and had a magnetic base so you can stick it to things so you can see and use both hands. Gloves are good for all kinds of uses, as is the saw and folding shovel, like vehicle recovery. Once I get the winch back on, I’ll add some winching accessories to the bag. The first aid kit is a Wal-Mart cheapie but it’s got the basics. The bag I got from Lowe’s a while back, the tool rollups are from Amazon.
The kit weights 33 pounds. Not bad considering all the crap that’s in there. The bag can hold more too. Here’s the list of what I’ve got. Most of it is Kobalt from Lowe’s. I will add some wire and connectors in addition to the winch stuff. I won’t list the sizes of everything. Most of these are standard sets right off the shelf. They included some specific sizes I needed for this particular Jeep model but every vehicle has it’s own special needs. I opted not to get a few recommended pieces because I’m not changing an axle or pulling my transmission on the trail. I wouldn’t even do that in my garage!
- 1/2 inch socket wrench
- Metric and standard Sockets
- 3 and 6 inch extensions
- 1/2 to 1/4 inch adapter
- 1/4 inch Torx socket set
- Metric and standard Allen (hex) wrenches
- Metric and Standard Combination wrenches
- 6, 8 and 10 inch adjustable (crescent) wrenches
- Large and small vice grips
- Needle nose vice grips
- Self-adjusting Pliers
- Linesman pliers
- Ratcheting driver set
- Small handsaw (uses reciprocating saw bits)
- large limb saw
- Ball peen hammer
- Folding Shovel
- Folding Knife
- Magnetic flashlight/work light
- Collapsible Lug Wrench
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Zip ties
- Bungee cords
- Various other bits and pieces
- Mechanix work gloves
And this is one of my stupid cats. She doesn’t go in the bag but the driveway is apparently a great back scratcher.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t carry the kit everywhere I go so don’t come looking for a blue Jeep full of tools.