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Re: hard shoulder manual and spareparts

Here's my input from (mostly) personal experience:

          - Spares -
An inflated tire (duh)
car jack, lug nut wrench and *at least* one spare lug nut
Oil drain plug (you are TOTALLY SCREWED if you lose this...)
1 quart of oil
spark plug
two fuses of each rating, minimum! (commonly 8amp and 16amp)
clutch cable
accelerator cable (bailing wire can be used as a substitute)
  - On the cables make SURE you get the proper model and year!!

          - Tools -
small metric socket set (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, & 13 are common)
socket for the spark plug
screwdrivers (Phillips and flat blade)
small vice-grips (locking pliers)
needle nose pliers (small and/or medium size)
baling wire
duct tape (if you have the space)
electricians tape
electrical wire, 14 gauge or 12 gauge
  - Mini-mags are *great*, one in the glove box and a bigger one in the trunk
several rags
I carry a couple of Fast-Orange hand cleaning packets
First-Aide kit (mine includes a metallic survival blanket and waterproof fire
               starting kit)
30 minute flare (I try to carry a minimum of four; 15 min. ones are too short)
tire chains (cables suck) if traveling in potential icy conditions and you don't
            know how to drive in it
leather gloves and fire extinguisher are optional -- but useful -- items, as is 
a flashing light that plugs into the cigarette lighter (kinda get the impression
I'm the geek that helps when there's an accident?).

All of this will easily fit in the spare tire area.  Carry more if you want and 
I recommend you *find* the space for more if you go on a long trip.  Under the 
rear seat there's space...  If you are going on a long trip and expect lots of 
snow or rain put some Rain-X (water repellent for glass) on all the windows 
before leaving and carry some with you.  If a wiper fails you'll be so glad you 
have some.

A membership to an automotive help service.  I use Triple A (AAA) and gladly pay
for the Plus membership (roughly $75 a year).  It has paid for itself time and 
again on both cars.  The free maps and travel planning a pluses as well 
(especially when traveling cross-country)!

    Toby "I just can't wait to get on the road again" Erkson
    air_cooled_nut@pobox.com  <-- Please use this address for email responses
    '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L
    '75 Porsche 914 1.8L, ORPCA member
    Portland, Oregon, http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/8501/

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Subject: hard shoulder manual and spareparts
Author:  type-3-errors@umich.edu at SMTPGATE_MIME
Date:    2/10/98 12:18 AM

Question #2: What spareparts do we take with us to help ourselves in this 
rare event. I'm going to make a tour to the Grossglockner (Austria) and 
wanna compose a "first aid kit". Suggestions? (I have a spare engine and it 
does fit in the squareback but....)

Richard Visser
'67 SB The Hague Holland

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