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Hot Rods What did you carry in your trunk.. back in the day?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boneyard51, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,892


    Responded to a thread about pillows in the cars, back in the day. Got me to thinking what all I carried in my car, usually in the trunk, back in the day when I “lived” in my car.
    I carried a box of tools, sleeping bag, pillows, overcoat, tarp, pick handle, shotgun, a bottle of Jack for snake bite and an ice chest and a tow chain.
    Just wondered what maybe other guys carried.... for

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  2. Justin bag with extra clothes, water, fishing rod, sometimes even a spare tire....
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  3. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,106

    Rusty O'Toole

    Lately I have taken to carrying bottles of steak sauce and hot sauce. Restaurants never have any good sauce.
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  4. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 3,502


    Mid 60's Some tools, jack, spare and a tow chain, got pretty good at keeping chain tight from practice, broke driveline often after buying recap street slicks, all my parts came from the local junkyard. Fun times/memories.
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  5. Just turned 18. I carried a spare, a few tools and about 6 one gallon empty paraffin oil cans. The rear main in the Y-block leaked so bad I couldn't afford to keep oil in it so I skimmed used oil out of the open 55 gallon drums at the truck stop. Sometimes the gallon cans would leak and I'd have to "quarter car wash" the trunk.
    Check in front of my car in this photo. The entire street is oiled down where I parked it! 55fordin66.jpg
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  6. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,637

    from Minnesota

    Spare tire,tools,booze.
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,731


    In my 51 Merc I think there was a 16 inch spare off an F1 that came with the car. Some sort of jack and a lug wrench and a hand full of tools
    When I had my 55 Buick when I was in trade school it had a spare, pretty good jack and lug wrench and a small tool box that I think is still out in the shed. It was the same tool box I had when I worke at Boeing during the summer of 1966. I think I had a tow chain but I was usually the one who went out and towed my buddys in.
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  8. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,013


    More people to get in the drive-in movie without paying!

  9. 1932tub
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 386


    Pick handle! better under the front seat.
  10. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,868

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    Me...just the battery. In 69, shortly after buying my 56, 210 sedan, I had a big mess to clean the firewall and battery shelf. went into a boat battery box, and into the trunk.

    My dad...if I wanted to go to the Winter Nationals (1962, 63, 64, etc., there was no Finals in Pomona at the time), I had to go in the dad didn't have the money for both of us..! When no one was around, I climed out. Luckily, we only lived about 7 miles from the track.

  11. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 845

    from Western MA

    Tools, quart or two of oil, and a jug of coolant. On a long trip two spares so I didn't have to worry about no spare until I got to my destination to get the inevitable flat tire fixed or repaired. Spare clothes in the back seat to match the season. Roll of electrical tape stashed somewhere. Last take off fan belt under the front seat, points and condenser in the glove box, maybe a plug or two somewhere, figured if they all worked when I last changed them out for regular maintenance they'd get me home in a pinch.

    Some parts of travel adventure in "the good old days" I can live without in the "here and now"..........

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  12. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    A jack, lug wrench and spare tire. My tools, a hammer, screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a coat hanger which was all you needed to fix anything back in the day!
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  13. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,061

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    I grew up in western NY so:
    Year round; Spare tire, jack and 4 way,
    Ammo can full of common hand tools, bailing wire, fuses, tape, a spark plug or two, couple of lengths of wire, qt of oil, gallon of coolant, tow chain, small cooler, and a change of clothes.
    Winter months i added;
    2 bags of kitty litter, entrenching tool, two old bath mat carpets. (With those 3 things you can get unstuck from almost any winter condition)
    After I got out of the service I added work gloves, water, a pretty complete first aid kit and a couple of MRE's
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  14. { BACK IN THE DAY } spare tire, tools, oil, bed, clothes, food, drinks, wife, etc. etc. { NOW } a phone and AAA:rolleyes: Sometimes the wife could ride up front.:confused: lol 138.jpg 318.jpg
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  15. 47ragtop
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 662


    Chewing gum ! Never knew when I might have to repair a blown fuse. Later Bill
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  16. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 783


    My Rambler wagon has a little locking compartment and a spacious spare tire well under the rear floor, under the carpet. Most people would never know they were there. A lot of booze rode around under that carpet back in my under-age days.
  17. I drove a Y block Ford back then so I didn't need many tools, just a screwdriver, pliers, wire, and a spare tire, oh yeah, lots of extra oil!
  18. My pals that wanted to go to the drive-in theater and were broke after we bought a couple of cases of beer. HRP
  19. Cincinnati Slim
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 327

    Cincinnati Slim
    from Cincy, OH

    Since my '60 was my high school car, I always had a toolbox in the trunk. I realize now in the world we live in, that I would be expelled for bringing 'weapons' onto school grounds.
  20. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,913

    The Shift Wizard

    A case of empty quart beer bottles to eventually be returned for deposit.
  21. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,494

    from Nicasio Ca

    Tools, spider gears, points, velocity stack, collector gaskets, locking lug nut key, sleeping bag, peppermint schnapps, overnight bag, hai karate
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019
  22. Rebel01
    Joined: Mar 13, 2019
    Posts: 1


    My mom had a UW Pendleton wool blanket in her ‘67 firebird when I was growing up. Parents got it for a wedding gift in ‘55. Fast forward. We acquired it 26 years ago. Last week some shit bag broke into the brides car and stole it out of the trunk

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  23. CME1
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 131


    My 1953 Chevy 2dr post in HS, I had a spare tire, jack , lug wrench, small tool box w/tools, a quart of oil, a gal of water. And then for comfort, a couple Army blankets, a ice chest usually with beer and a small first aid kit. And what ever else was needed at the time. That's how I remember, may have forgot an item or two!
  24. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,039

    from Oregon

    When I was a kid all I remember carrying was a spare, jack and lug wrench. What amazes me now is that old car never broke down or had a flat. I did limp home a couple times.
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  25. blackanblue
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 408


    Mostly beer, tools never heard condoms back then.
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  26. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,540


    rolling papers, pipe, sometimes concentrated, dried, hard substances wrapped in aluminum foil hidden under the spare.
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  27. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,801


    Tools, a spare, a jack and a .22 plus ammo-lived in the country
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  28. Chicken bullion cubes are good in a pinch when camping but I never had to hide them.:)

    There was always a fishing pole on the gun rack of my truck with an assortment of lures and hooks under the seat. Occasionally a shot gun or 22 if I stayed out of DC.
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  29. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 354

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    Sleeping bag, condoms just in case,LOL
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  30. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,160

    jimmy six

    6-pack and ice cooler ....what else would you carry
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