I am working on getting together a tool kit to stash under the rear seat. The originalist in me wants to piece together an original tool set to use in case I need to perform a basic repair along the road (change a tire, change a spark plug, tighten something, etc.). However the practical side of me says I should just stick a set of combination wrenches, a couple screw drivers and a pair of pliers under the seat and be done with it.
My question is are there any original Ford tools worth carrying that are better than their modern equivalent? I know that some of the original Ford wrenches come in some unique shapes and forms, so I assume that there’s some applications where a normal wench just won’t do.
Generator wrench, exhaust pack nut wrench, carb wrench, transmission band ratchet wrench. Dont leave home without them.
I can recommend some Ford tools to leave home: tire irons. Model T tire irons are an unfunny joke. I bought some nice, long HF irons, and they are a big improvement.
I would say none, other than the jack. It is adequate for the job, but I carry a 6" square of heavy plywood go use as a base. That said, I have an original kit in all my cars, just because I can, and they make good conversation pieces.
Allan from down under.
I use the spark plug/head bolt wrench, hub cap/wheel wrench and jack. Those eliminate a lot of finding and swapping tools. Sometimes I have to use a modern socket on old plugs that have been in for decades.
Don't know what it's actually called but the stamped steel hub cap/drain plug + whatever is about the only tool I'd call "Better". The small open end wrenches are horrid. I don't trust the jack at all. The plug/head bolt one is OK. Screwdriver & pliers are what they are. Never seen the tire iron but if their bicycle sized they can't be of much use either.
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Transmission adjustment isn't something you have to do often, but these Ford wrenches are perfect for it.
Along with above; 3/8 for nuts on coil box and timer, 3/4 for fan arm and timer roller (box type), 5/8 for nut holding timer retainer (cars after 1919), most everything else is 9/16. If you can find one, the combination wrench with 9/16 and 5/8, the one that is bent at both ends for removing carb and timer retainer work great.
What size wrench is required for the 12-24 nut on the magneto post? Nothing I have but an adjustable wrench seems to fit.
The band adjustment wrenches Steve posted are great. They are light duty, but it takes very little force to turn the adjustment nuts. Mine had a small imprint on it saying something to the effect that it is not intended for tightening. A few teeth are chipped on the ratchet so it must not have stopped someone before.
For the mag post use a thin blade (Ignition types sold sometimes in sets) open-end 7/16" wrench. Two are best, one to hold the base nut and one for snugging the wire terminal, you don't want to loosen the contact inside.