Scott Blystone: "I had my first on-the-road repair -- needed a cotter pin to hold the throttle linkage together. Fortunately, I was just blocks from home. Got me thinking -- what kind of repairs have people had to commonly make on stock 3B's? For now I have a spool of wire and a Leatherman multitool in the Jeep, and am looking for suggestions for other items. Lets hear about those breakdowns!"
Ron Ingram: "I guess what you need to carry would be dictated by how far you plan to be from home or help and how important it would be to effect a repair. In addition to some common hand tools, you might consider having duct tape, electrical tape, a couple of adjustable hose clamps, a length or two of insulated electrical wire, several feet of baling-type wire, spare fuses, a can of tire sealant, and a spare set of points and condenser (save your old ones the next time you change them). These are just some basics you might keep with you at all times. If you head to the wilderness on a regular basis I would certainly include more tools and repair parts as well as spare fluids."
Jyotin: "Given the state of most Jeep toolboxes, I wouldn't want to carry anything that would fall out of the rust holes that always start in the toolbox...."
(Yes, Andy Bint's toolbox above is pretty close to the cleanest one I've ever seen -- hope he can keep it that way! See also The Flatfender Toolbox on CJ3B.info. -- Derek)
JC Jenkins: "U-joints are my favorite, also I carry a length of rubber fuel hose on the radiator support rod along with a couple of clamps, I always have the big socket for the hub nuts, and never, never leave home without the Hi-lift jack."
Reed Cary: "Now, if you head to Baja, I would take a spare water pump, fuel pump, carb kit...."
Bart McNeil: "Years ago, in desperation, I took a night school auto mechanics course. (Best money I ever spent. Really.) I learned that ignition failure is the most common problem in on-road breakdowns, so I always carry enough stuff to do a minor tune up, including: distributor cap, an ignition wire, condenser, points, a spark plug, fuses, feeler gauge, small file, cheap timing light, card with tune up specifications.
"Also electrical wire, wire nuts, electrical tape, baling wire, rope, 1/2" breaker bar with lug nut and plug socket, adjustable wrench, screw driver(s), pliers, knife, hammer or axe, a few nuts and bolts of various sizes, motor oil, water. Nothing above needs to be new or expensive. It just needs to be be there when you need it. I am not a mechanic but have used most of this stuff several times on the road and saved many hundreds of dollars in towing road service and aggravation. Speaks more of my preventive maintenance program than my mechanical abilities."
Sergio Lwoff: "After reading the lists above, I have the following additional suggestions which might be helpful, especially on the 'far from home' trips:
"Page 343 (Appendix 2: Toolbox) of the Jeep Owners Bible by Moses Ludel, includes a quite comprehensive list of tools and spares. PS: I always carry a cylinder head gasket!"
JPFlat2A posted a great list of suggested drivetrain parts to take on a multi-day trip in a remote area:
First and foremost is to get it tuned up, oil changed and get it ready to go.Second would be to crawl underneath and do a complete and thorough inspection of the underside and chassis. Put a wrench on every nut and bolt. Take your time and check it over as a pilot would his aircraft.
Spare parts? I'd concentrate on drivetrain. Jeeps don't make good tripods.You need 4 good wheels no matter what else happens. Can't tow the Jeep very far on 3 wheels. I'd get spare L-R rear axle shafts, press new bearings on and have them greased ready to install. I'd carry an extra rear wheel hub, axle key, nut, seals etc.
I wouldn't worry to much about brake parts; you can always pinch off a brake line if you have to. Brake fluid, yes carry some.
For the front, I'd have a spare front wheel spindle, wheel bearings and seals greased up and ready to go. I'd carry some 1/4" or 5/16" grade 8 bolts to remount the front spindle in case the spindle bolts pull out of the threads in the knuckle. You can re-bolt the spindle to the knuckle by using these nuts and bolts.
Used front wheel spindles should be dime a dozen. You might consider turning down the inside portion of the spindle that fits inside the knuckle to where it would also fit inside the rear axle housing, much like a spindle to be used for a full floating rear axle. Why? Because in an extreme case of rear axle failure with no replacement shaft, you could bolt this spindle to the rear axle housing, install a front hub and wheel bearings, then put your wheel and tire on and get down the road. No, it won't be a driving axle, but remember the tripod comment above.
I wouldn't worry too much about a front axle shaft if you don't need 4wd for the trip.
U-joints? Yes, carry one or two and the tools to change them out.
Overdrive? If you do have one, remember to take the old gear, nut, washer, and rear cover with you. Why? If the overdrive fails, you can re-install all of this and get back on the road.
Steering? Check the tie rod ends. Maybe carry one of each, including the double tie rod end. If someone has an onboard welder, you might be able to get a repair and get going again. The double end is kind of unique.
Clutch? Carry extra rods or other components that might break. The ball studs that the tube pivots on might be an example.
Maybe one radiator flex hose that might work for upper or lower; the bypass hose; maybe rubber caps or plugs to plug off any water opening.
The nice thing about a large Jeep group touring or Jeeping together is that someone else might have what you might need.
I think most importantly is drive the Jeep as much as you can before the trip. Make repairs or corrections as neccessay. The Jeep will talk to you. You need to be able to interpret what it is saying to you.
Have a safe and fun trip. Don't worry about what may never happen.
Thanks to all the contributors above for their suggestions. More comments are welcome. Meanwhile, here's a classic list of tools:
Forget the Snap-On Tools truck; it has never been there when you need it. Besides, there are only 10 things in this world you need to fix any car, any place, any time.
I haven't discovered the original author of that list, but if anyone knows who wrote it and where it was originally posted, I would love to give them proper credit.
Thanks to Richard and Harold Kammeraad for the breakdown photo, and Andy Bint for the toolbox photo. The CJ-2A photo is Wade Potter and Bill Marshall at the 2016 Willys Jeep Rally. -- Derek Redmond
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