I picked mine up off ebay and it came with several items. All I plan to keep for this project is the bag and the poncho.
The bag is 10" wide, 4" deep and 11-12" tall and has several pockets and dividers inside.
While I have some initial thoughts about some items, I am looking for other suggestions for small, compact and highly versatile tools. The goal is to maximize the potential use of this bag of tools while keeping everything within the confines of the bag. My primary concern is to have the tools needed to get me past common issues and back driving. So I don't really care about spare bulbs (I can always stop at a parts store along the way). This is for my LS4/F40 Fiero, so I don't need the common Fiero engine parts like an ignition module. I am more concerned with flat tires, dead battery, or other minor spur of the moment repairs.
While I have some initial thoughts about some items (see pic below), I am looking for other suggestions for small, compact and highly versatile tools. So review what I have (or am thinking about) and share some ideas and post links to some useful and compact tool suggestions.
Some suggested tools Plug kit for nail in tire - there are a bunch of these, looking for something a little smaller than normal
Innertube patch kit - once I fixed a hole in a radiator hose with one
Roll of electrical tape - I find it handier than duct tape (and smaller!)
Small/bright LED flashlight - balance between size and lumens.
Fuses - some kind of small box with an assortment of fuse sizes.
Bahhh way to much thinking here. You only need two things.... something to charge your cell phone, just in case it is dead when the car dies. The other thing you need is a credit card. Car quits... charge the phone and use the credit card to get a tow.. Maybe a flare gun just in case you are out of cell service when it dies... All kidding aside.. When I take the Fieros on long drives I do not take much of anything. The stock GT has an ICM and Philips in it some where I think... at least it did a few years ago. Cell and a credit card and the better half if I can convince her to go with me that's all I take.
The hand crank flashlight is a good idea, but you need one where a single crank provides at least a minute of illumination, and that will take several cranks.
I have that multi-tool and several others. Not so great.
My battery tool is coated everywhere except the business area, to prevent shorts. I have gorilla tape, rather than duct tape. I have the thin box cutters (basically a flat rectangle with a sliding blade). I have actual drivers (not tips) for torx, slotted, and phillips. Don't cheap out on these tools. Get quality, with at least a 4' shaft. TFS sold a tool bag. These tools go in that bag.
Aside from gloves, a shop towel works great. Not those cheap red ones, though. The red ones shed and stain everything. I use the blue disposable ones. I replenish from a roll at home.
Electrical tape gets hot, gooey, and melts everywhere. I got something similar that is more heat resistant.
For the tire repair kit, I used one from an ATV. Very compact. It has compressed tubes.
I haven't tried the emergency fuel pack.
No tow or racheting straps. In case a tow is needed, the tow vehicle will have these. Without a tow vehicle, not much good. I don't strap anything to my Fiero. These are useful on ATV tires, when mounting a flat, because ATV tires mount at 15PSI or less. Not car tires.
I use the fuses that light up on failure. Not sure how that works.
I would avoid fluids or batteries in your bag.
I still carry an ICM, the coil to ICM cable, a PCV, a MAP sensor, etc. It may help someone else. I have a spare oil cap, and a spare radiator cap.
I carry a bag of spare screws.
Oh, and a chamois cloth.
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For stock Fieros, ignition coil, control module, and tools required to change. Don't forget the heatsink compound for the control module!
I also always carry a jump box in my daily driver, as a direct result of when I used to daily the Fiero. Mine has a built-in air compressor, so two in one device. Used it this past winter to help a little old lady start her car in the snow.
I've been thinking of making a roadside kit for my car for a while now. I just ordered a bag like the one you got of ebay after seeing this. Not only is that bag perfect, but it comes with a hose for the air compressor in my van which I needed anyway.
On the topic of jumper cables/boxes, I have a very nice set of cables, but jump boxes are the future. My coworker and I both have this one and love it. 1000amps, and lots of safety features like short and reverse protection. My friend has one that's a little boxier, and he designed and 3D printed a charging dock for it that fits in the glove compartment of his car so it's always ready to go.
Originally posted by Domtech: My coworker and I both have this one and love it. 1000amps, and lots of safety features like short and reverse protection.
The NOCO Genius Boost+ GB40 like the one you have was my initial choice, but it is 6.7" x 3.2" x 1.7" and while the Brightech Scorpion is slightly less powerful, it is 6.1" x 3" x 1.2" and gives me more room in the bag for more tools. I really liked the Brightech Spider also because it was even smaller at 5" x 3" x 1", but I think it has been discontinued as not even the Brightech store has it in stock.
one of those small 3/8 and 1/4 sockets sets that go up to 9/16 Some wire, strippers/crimpers and connectors for quick roadside patches 5 min epoxy is a lifesaver a lil hidden cash for emergencies voltmeter
I think you got the rest didja finish up up the f40 swap? I wanna put an f40 in my f40 shem
Roll of electrical wire One of those combination tool kits with a handle and lots of driver bits in it, usually has a couple of jewlers screwdrivers and maybe some sockets as well. For the led lamp, get one of those on a headband. Keeps you hands free. Nitrile/latex gloves to keep hands clean. Dropcloth like painters etc use to protect stuff when painting to put on floor if you need to crawl around. Pre packed rolls are very small and cover a good area.
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I ordered the Scorpion jump start kit and the tire plug kit. Most of the other tools arrived earlier this week, so hopefully by next weekend I can start playing tool tetris and see how much stuff I can fit in the bag.
So I am nearly done with this project. Here is what was in the bag before:
Here is all the stuff that will be put into it now: Gloves, poncho, air compressor, electrical tape, 2 crescent wrenches, needle nose pliers (I ground down the end to make it more pointy), blade knife, diagonal cutters, 20' toe strap, ratchet strap, 2 chain couplers, cheater bar, battery jump box (and other adapter to charge other items in clear plastic baggy), tire plug kit, several wire ties, screwdriver with multiple inserts (2 flat, 2 phillips, 7mm, 10mm, and interior torx), tape measure, 10mm battery terminal wrench, and 2 LED flashlights.
I am still looking for a small container to hold a few fuses. I also would like a better screwdriver with a hollow handle that can store all the bits.
the Dynaplug kit you showed above works, I used to carry one on my motorcycle, way easier than the old school style plugs. downside, for a large hole, it may take 2 or 3 plugs to patch a tire.
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