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The Roadside Toolbox

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ryan, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Roadside Toolbox


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  2. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Kinda similar to a toolbox is what I carry my car cleanup supplies in (rags, wax, glass cleaner etc) in a 50's vintage luggage piece that was originally intended as a ladies make up case but looks like a small suitcase. here is a pic of one just like one of mine. It is a samsonite and they had several colors. I would imagine they could be used for tools/repair parts too and they really look like they belong in the trunk of a vintage car samsonite.jpg
  3. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,232


    @Moriarity that is a fantastic idea! We've got several vintage suitcases taking up space. Now I can put at least a couple to good use!
  4. Man, Mark, that is an awesome idea! Way better than the brown bucket I carry in the trunk of mine. LOL

    I'm a sucker for old Craftsman toolboxes and buy them any time I find them cheap. They get heavy fast though. @straykatkustoms put me onto the old aluminum Simonsen tackle boxes for my One Shot and brushes. Some of them even have a flying eyeball of sorts embossed on the side. That red bullet one looks a lot like an old vacuum cleaner.....hmmmm......

  5. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 435

    KCTA Chris

    Lots of miles with one of these in the trunk ...

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  6. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 16,322


    I use an old doctors leather hand bag, I know pretty much which tools I need to take the car apart so no need to carry anything more.
  7. shivasdad
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 584

    from Texas

    The Blackhawk bullet one really looks cool. Of course the only ones I found online were very expensive, at least for my pockets. The old suitcase idea is a great one though.
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  8. krbstr
    Joined: Jul 18, 2016
    Posts: 37


    I used a bag like this and Inside I have separate tool rolls for wrenches, pliers and a socket set. Other stuff like screwdrivers and small spare parts are kept in Klein zippered pouches.

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  9. Dutch 1960
    Joined: Nov 3, 2018
    Posts: 13

    Dutch 1960

    I use a thick nylon bag (from Harbor Freight, cheap!) shaped like that Klein Tools bag. Unlike a hard sided box, it doesn't slide around much, and is less likely to ding up the vehicle if it does move around a bit. It also fits in odd places under car seats and behind truck seats, it sort of shapes-to-fit. I move it with me from vehicle to vehicle as I go. Also lightweight and comfortable to carry when I spend hours in the junkyards.

    The hard metal boxes stay in the shop.
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  10. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,531

    from Berry, AL

    I have graduated to using blow molded boxes from other tools as mobile tool boxes. They are thin and flat, easy to slip under a seat or stand up in a small area. You can buy tool sets from several different places that have basic socket and wrench sets, from cheap import stuff to the high dollar brands. Most of the time those and a few screwdrivers will get you by on the side of the road.
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    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
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    The wooden Black and Decker case that Ryan posted matches one I have from my grandfathers valve grinding machine. The box held the hand held grinder (to face the seats in the heads), had three drawers to hold the different size stones and guides. It certainly got it's fair share of use when I was a young pup just starting out.
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  12. What a timely article! just last night my wife surprised me with an early Christmas present that she picked up at an antique flea market this past Monday. the old decal on the inside says Globe Tool Boxes; and she even got me an old Ford wrench to go with it. Pictures to follow.
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  14. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
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    Those old doctors, or "Gladstone" bags are versatile. They come in different sizes and turn up at most swap meets if you look. We managed to get a complete moped engine in one (partly dismantled) and took it as air cabin baggage back in the days before x-rays. Probably couldn't do it now.
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  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,402

    from KCMO

    It’s plastic but my road tool box carry’s a ton of tools in pre fit pop in slots. The two doors/lids flip open and carry even more.

    It’s roughly 2 1/2 inches tall and 22x22 if I were guessing. I typically strap it to my spare tire or lay it flat on the floor. Been using it for the last 17 years

    -I’ll take a photo even though it’s not vintage when I get a chance. Maybe something vintage does the same thing and I can upgrade ;)
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  16. Man, I'm diggin' that plastic, "marbleized" green tackle box. Looks like something from those folks, "Pearlcraft" that do those cool-ass steering wheels Down Under. chstorage2015-img1200x900-1502680630vx3tut19762.jpg
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  17. I hauled around a Kennedy machinist box for years but it's too damned heavy! I've since graduated to a military surplus O.D. green tool bag. It's much quieter too.
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  18. vintage6t
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 355

    from CT

    I use an old tackle box I picked up at an auction. I wanted to put a tool roll in it but couldn't find one I liked. So instead I wrapped the wrenches in microfiber cloths. Keeps them from clicking around and the cloths are useful to have when doing a repair 20181123_182909.jpeg 20181123_182849.jpeg 1543016235445.jpeg

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  19. papa's 39 koop
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
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    papa's 39 koop

    I had this in my 35 international and my 39 ford. I picked up this WW2 bomb box at garage sale years ago for $10..Room enough for jug of antifreeze ,oil tools,spare wiring and fuses,small floor jack ,rags what ever I needed. Had a lot of guys try and buy it. P1010007 2.JPG P1010003.JPG P1010005 2.JPG P1010004.JPG P1010001.JPG
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    [​IMG] This is what I use. I keep one eye open for older/cooler/nicer tool boxes. I also like old suitcases but I still use them for clothes.

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  21. I have several old toolboxes that I could send your way for a fair price if interested. Some are a bit rusty and patina'd. Most all are about the size of the red one above. I think that I have about 4 or 5 of them. PM me and I'll send you photos?
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  22. I use both the vintage suit case and toolbox. Toolbox 002.JPG Toolbox 001.JPG Toolbox 004.JPG
  23. Mtn Goat
    Joined: Apr 1, 2017
    Posts: 28

    Mtn Goat

    I use a tackle box and the old family picnic basket in the wagon. Tool box.jpg Picnic basket2.jpg
  24. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 21,483

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  25. Yes it is heavy, but so am I. I even have the keys, and it locks.
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  26. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    I’m on the hunt.
  27. Will keep my eyes open. I did see one recently, but do not remember where.:oops: Maybe it will come to me.
  28. Pass The Torch
    Joined: May 18, 2018
    Posts: 1,495

    Pass The Torch

    Uncle had these (with spare / extra parts) in addition to an over packed Craftsman box in his '37. Dove Gray, like everything else.
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  29. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,978


    I use this one, which has no hasp or lock...a plumbers tool box?
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  30. 31hotrodsedan man
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 194

    31hotrodsedan man

    Decided to try my hand at pinstriping and lettering for my $1.50 estate sale box. Still have a long way to go but pretty happy with the result.
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