Let’s face it, your beater is going to break down. Your beloved daily driver, the car that’s taken you on so many adventures, is going to leave you stranded somewhere. When your beater kicks the bucket are you prepared?
Many new cars come with roadside assistance services and road hazard kits tucked neatly in the trunk. Not your beater. It is a bare bones, rugged and noble steed. Somewhere inside your beater is a set of tools specifically tailored to its most common problems. Somewhere in your beater you probably carry an “Oh Shit Kit.”
The “Oh Shit Kit” or OSK is unique to to each beater. Its a collection of tools amassed for one singular purpose; to get you off the shoulder and back on the road, or at least onto the flatbed.
I had an old Datsun back in high school that had melted through it wiring harness and kept blowing through fusible links (old school fuses). Instead of forking over my hard earned caddyshack money for a new harness, I spent $20 on a roll on 10 gauge fusible link wire and a cheap soldering kit. I became a master of roadside (and car wash) electrical repairs.
I also kept an old broomstick in the hatch area. The hydraulic hatch dampers had long since expired, and a broomstick was cheaper and did the job much better than some cheap-o new dampers. Open the hatch. Hear the rust crunching under my fingers and find a hole to shove the broomstick in and prop the hatch up. done. Who needs hatch dampers anyways?
I currently am not using an “Oh Shit Kit”, but here’s what I kept in both the Datsun and the Sentra.
Show us your “Oh Shit Kits” in the comments section!
Stubby Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers
Lug nut socket
Butane soldering torch
100ft roll of fusible link wire
Used windshield wiper blade
Extra light bulbs
Stubby Phillips and Flathead screwdriver
Lug nut socket