20 The ALLURE of Rallies & Tours r e s o u r c e g u i d e Remember, these are old cars, so it makes sense to be prepared for minor mechanical problems. The best tours and rallies hire professional mechanics to follow the group, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your own tool kit. 17Tools to Carry for a Tour or Rally 1 First on the list, screwdrivers. A couple of decent size Flat and Phillips are just the thing for tighten- ing everything from license-plate bolts to that loose hose clamp. I also suggest a small screw- driver set, one where a variety of different bits fit in the handle. 2 A set of quality 1/4-inch drive sockets. A small socket set will cover most things you’ll want to deal with by the side of the road. Make sure you have extensions in several lengths. I recommend you carry a flexible extension and a screwdriver style handle—a flexible extension does well for reaching awkward spots like that weeping bottom hose clamp. Depending on the age and origin of your car, you may want to include some 1/4-inch drive bits for special types of drives like Metric, Torx or Whitworth. 3 A set of quality 3/8-inch drive sockets, and a qual- ity ratchet, that fit specific things on your car. To save space, keep these as specific as possible—a sparkplug-sized socket, a deep socket the size of your lug nuts and a 3/8 to 1/4-inch adapter plus an extension or two. Check access to the most difficult sparkplug to reach to see if you need a universal joint or special socket to reach it. If so, pack one. 4 Allen wrenches in both SAE and Metric. A nice folding set will cover most of your needs. 5 Ignition wire pliers allow you to grab the plug end and not the wire when pulling a spark-plug wire. You don’t want to ruin your day by pulling the ignition wire out of the connector in the middle of nowhere, Somewhere West of Laramie. 6 A 24-inch breaker bar and a heavy-duty socket that fits your lug nuts will make changing a tire much easier. 7 An accurate tire gauge is another no-brainer. If you have room, a can of Fix-a-Flat and a compact 12-volt compressor that runs off your cigarette lighter plug could save the day, too. 8 I really like 10-inch Knipex water-pump pliers (they’re also good for pulling the shower head at your hotel and clearing grit blocking its flow). 17_Tools.indd 20 12/21/17 11:24 PM