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Everything! I am over weight (the vehicle that is for AA etc) I am my own most of what I carry has been needed in by many years of breaking down.


starter motor


generator regulator panel

complete carb + extra diaphragms, jets etc

set of 6 brake hoses

brake pipe + flanging device

ignition coil


spare: rotor, condenser, carbon brush, points, distr cap

fuel pump

set of plugs

set of ignition cables

track rod ends

accelerator linkages & connectors

power distribution thermal relays

starter switch + light switch assembly


thermostat sensor


rad cap

oil filler cap

head gasket

tyre valves & caps

sealant & gunge

compression tester



continuity bulb on leads

soldering iron + solder (so easy to forget that)


all bulbs

all fuses

all relays


horn switch

insulating tape

gaffer tape



carb solvent spray

brake fluid

engine oil

gear oil

GP grease

copper grease

2 CO2 fire extinguishers (one each end of vehicle)

MOD intervehicle jump lead

misc lumps & blocks of wood

vehicle jack

2 x groundsheets

2x 3-tier boxes of tools

large hammer

wheel brace

starting handle (actually easy on a pig)

selection of nuts, bolts, cable ties, rope & string

selection of rubber radiator hose + jubilee clips

user handbook with circuit diagram

vinyl gloves (not latex as brake fluid & fuel dissolve them)

mobile phone + charger

first aid kit

lots of bog paper

NO spare wheel - pig is runflat :)

wire coathanger



The coat hanger is partiulary useful for fishing out things from behind a hot engine etc & useful to bend up to support a droopy pipe

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Most of the stuff Clive carries plus electrical repair kit, recovery and towing gear, (tow ropes and straps, shackles, snatch blockand rigid tow pole), fire extinguisher and anything else lying about in the yard/workshop

that takes my eye. Oh yes, and several other vehicles on the basis that they won't all break down on the same day :lol:






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Richard is refering to an incident in the summer when I was apprehended on the motorway with a bucket & watering can of water which I had cadged from a service area. I had foolishly taken out my water jerrycan from the pig as it was in the way & I thought it looked cluttered up enough.


The sickening point of my engine overheat, was actually that I was not overheating! It was the water temp sensor had gone open circuit & when that happens it goes off the scale. Had I used my multimeter I would have twigged that. But when you are the side of the motorway with a temp gauge reading max, its a hot day in a hot vehicle, it's natural enough to believe what it says!


That's why I carry a spare temp sensor now. :wink:

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Hi, when we go out we usually just take the basics like jump leads, water, points/plugs/leads, spaners etc, Radweld (or an egg). :lol: And most of all keep it in Tip Top running condition and just check it over regularly.



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Of coarse Egg,




Take one Rad with leak.


Pull over.


Allow engine to cool.


Once cooled sufficiently, slowly open Rad cap.


Crack one Egg into Rad filler neck.


Refit Rad cap.


Run said vehicle until leak stops.


Drive onto desination.


Hope this helps all you budding chefs.


Tyler Binge (Head chef)

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Yes it is for real as stated in REME Recovery Manual 1968. A/26/GS Trg Publications/2912. Section 778. Also describes how to make a condenser out of an old tin can!


Is there anymore old tricks like this one Clive where you can take something from your larder and repair your vehicles with? :shock: 8)

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Well improvisations include:


Broken fan belt:

Use a cut down leather belt or for a light engine leather bootlaces


Oil on clutch:

Squirt you pyrene fire extinguisher (carbon tetrachloride?) in lining


Distributor carbon brush missing:

Foil from chocolate or fag packet

Take the lead out of a pencil

Trim a piece of carbon from a dry battery

Thick piece of electrical cable with end bits of insulation removed


Broken contact breaker spring:

trim pieces of rubber to gently push cam against shaft.


To move a vehicle a short distance:

Remove plugs, engage low gear and turn the starting handle thus moving the vehicle.


Leaking fuel tank:

Soap or chewing gum to plug it.


Hole in fuel tank:

Cut a wooden peg to be driven in.


Leaking fuel diaphragm:

remake out of oilskin or rubberised material


Punctured carb float:

Make hole large enough to wedge in a piece of matchstick


And so it goes on, largely relying on string, wire, matchsticks & larger pieces of wood.

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Sounds just like being home on the farm,use whatever comes to hand, it usually involves baler twine at some stage. Don't use a match when trying

to check the level in a fuel tank, a neighbour did it with a tractor, the subsequent bang removed his eye brows and most of his hair, didn't do a lot to improve his brain either.

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