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Post by zabo on Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:41 am

What kind of tool boxes are you guys using in your car?
I like to carry a pretty complete set with me all the time but its always a mess.

I have a cool old metal tool box but cant figure out any way to keep it organized.
sockets and wrenches and feeler gauges everywhere. I feel like a monkey everytime i'm digging through it.

Any pics of your set up or suggestions?

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Post by fluxcap on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:26 pm

Same boat, I keep all my tools in a tool bag I got a while back. It's got a few small pockets on the outside that I keep spark plugs, hubcap removal tool, extra wire/terminals in. But the inside is just one big mess of tools. I did get a pretty beefy canvas pouch (similar to those vinyl pouches school kids used to carry pencils in) and I keep all my wrenches in it. That way I just pull out that pouch when I need my wrenches. Also got on of those metal strips with the prongs on it that is used to hold sockets, that way those all stay together. Everything else is just a big pile like what you have pictured above. I'd like something more organized, but everytime I look for something with more compartments, its way bigger than I'm looking for.

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Post by drewBAKER on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:32 pm

i have a Crescent tool kit. and then a bag that i keep spare parts in.
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:22 pm

I use a heavy canvas military tool bag for the tools and one of the smaller ammo boxes for my emergency parts. The tools do get a little jumbled up in the bag, but it fits good under the back seat. The ammo box fits like it was made to slide under the seat...... Cool
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Post by zabo on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:00 pm

Yea i need to find one of those metal strips with the prongs - If my sockets were all in one place that would help a lot Smile

I think something lik this would be good
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http://www.stahlwille-online.de/index.php?amac=03030002000e&sid=69e6bc5a842de3673e5d9d3f7dc48210&lid=2&mid=2&shid=&scmd=pdetail&pid=106
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Post by DiggerD on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:07 pm

That looks nice! Cool
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Post by buggin70 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:29 pm

is there a price on that website or an i just missing it?
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Post by Grifspop on Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:27 pm

zabo wrote:Yea i need to find one of those metal strips with the prongs - If my sockets were all in one place that would help a lot Smile

I think something lik this would be good
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http://www.stahlwille-online.de/index.php?amac=03030002000e&sid=69e6bc5a842de3673e5d9d3f7dc48210&lid=2&mid=2&shid=&scmd=pdetail&pid=106



I've got something like that, when I go to the Pull a Part I take 3 boxes, and that's one of them. The only problems are it's tall, and heavy (it weighs about 400lbs with the tools in it, you could lower the frontend of your Bug without drop spindles if you were carrying this box!)

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BTW, I picked this one up at the pawnshop for $40. and it was full of tools, I threw anything out that said "Made in Taiwan" and tossed in a few of my own spare tools.

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Post by vwtattooed on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:53 am

you can go to the hardware store and pick up some magnetic strips, attach em to the inside of the box...on the sides and in bottom...and they will hold your sockets and wrenches in place. we sell a setup similar to this at Summit, with very strong magnets!
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Post by bumblebuggy on Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:46 am

I have a small plastic tool box I got from Walmart about 20 years ago. It's the kind you open and remove the tray on top to expose the tools underneath. It carries 90% of the tools I use on my VW.
Inventory includes...

Ratchets (normal and small)
Sockets (from 6mm-32mm including extensions and universal)
Screwdrivers (3 philips 3 flat)
Wire cutters
Needle nose
Regular plyers
Feeler gauge
Spark plug gap tool
Magnet

Small open end wrenches
Vice grips
Adjustable wrench
Allen wrenches
Hammer
Safety wire
Black tape
Red RTV
Spare wire
Spare terminals
Zip ties
Cotter pins
Head mounted LED light
...and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember off the top of my head.

Sepearate from that box but in which ever VW I'm driving
Ratcheting wrench set
3 cell mag light
1/2 in breaker bar
Idiot book

I like the plastic box because it doesn't rattle around like a metal box.
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Post by meinvw on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:22 am

The best I have found is one called a rolly kit. Organazation like a mo-fo. and small when rolled up. This one was in the bay when I was painting so it got a bit dirty but you can see how it works. About 12" x 9" when rolled up.

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Post by zabo on Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:13 am

whoa - love that- on the hunt Very Happy
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Post by meinvw on Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:27 pm

Its actually spelled rolykit if you google it. But it will hold a lot and it fits in the aux battery tray of my bus. Should fit under the drivers side of the rear seat in a bug with no problems as well.
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Post by zabo on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:09 pm

just bought one on ebay for $7.50+ shippping Very Happy
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Post by meinvw on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:42 pm

zabo wrote:just bought one on ebay for $7.50+ shippping Very Happy

Nice, think I paid $10 for mine! Need a few more....
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Post by buggin70 on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:41 pm

what is that thing made out of?
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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:04 pm

buggin70 wrote:what is that thing made out of?

Website says
"The ROLYKIT toolbox is manufactered of strong, high impact polystyrene"
I'm torn on this one. I LOVE the idea of it, but usually I just need one tool, and I can usually dig around for a second or two and find it. that thing looks like it would be a hassle having to roll and unroll it all the way if the tool you needed was all the way at the end.

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Post by buggin70 on Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:19 pm

im gunna get one legit

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Post by ASBug on Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:23 pm

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Post by meinvw on Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:58 am

The one I have is pretty old and has held up very well, actally better than my other tool boxes. It does have 2 nylon straps that run the length of it so its not the poly being bent over and over. This thing has been kicked, dropped, used as a stool, beat to heck and back.
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Post by buggin70 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:23 pm

I'm getting one for my birthday can't wIt to use it
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Post by callahan on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:41 pm

i used to have a hot wheels carry case like that lol it was blue with flames on it haha
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Post by Muffler Bearing on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:42 pm

I use a tool bag from Harbor Freight ($10.00).I can fit all of my VW tools in as well as my emergency part stash. It will fit anythere there is space and form to it's surroundings. By that I mean you do not have to put it in a 8"X18" flat spot that is also 8" tall with no budging.
You can shove the tool bag anywhere(in your VW) it will fit. then if you need to you can squish it to make the hood close.

It may not be the best idea ever but it is the best for me.

PS. Size was for demonstration puropses only.
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Post by zabo on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:52 pm

ill do a review of the rolykit once mine gets here in the mail Wink .

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Post by 68buggirrl on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:27 pm

I have a Craftsman toolbox. Smile
Its perfect and holds pretty much everything.
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