Assembling a Travel Tool Kit for Your Classic Car
Photography by David Marvier for Petrolicious
"Beautiful car. Where are you from?" asked the attendant as I got out of my car. Oregon is still a full-serve state, and I knew I was going to have to show him where the filler is on my vintage Porsche. “LA,” I replied. "That's a long way in an old car! Aren't you worried about breaking down?" “Not really,” I could say, reasonably sure that karma wasn't going to smite me for hubris upon start up.
The truth is that I had thought quite a bit about what might fail on this trip and had a well sorted tool kit, a few spare parts, and this is a car I've had a "relationship" with. Like a good majority of vintage car owners I do a lot of my own work so I have a pretty good idea of what might give me trouble.
Sure you have that near perfect set of factory tools in a reproduction pouch acquired gradually by perusing swap meets and eBay. And they are cool trunk candy at your local concourse or cars & coffee meet up. But one of the reasons you own a vintage car is to drive it, not just to park it alongside others and ogle.