Bolt drawer, bolt bucket, or junk drawer. No matter what you call it, it is absolutely imperative that every automotive enthusiast has one of these within reach. If you don’t, you are basically setting yourself up for heartache & pain. This particular drawer in my tool box has saved me approximately 470 gallons of gas, several hospital trips, 1 million hours of work, and unimaginable amounts of cash. Over the last 15 years, it has been cleaned and organized many times, but in the end it always ends up looking like this. Though I can’t confirm whether it is a good or a bad thing, it is quite possibly the most used drawer in my tool box.
Each piece inside these bolt buckets have an interesting history, and every enthusiast with one of these collections has a different style to the kind of hardware they save. Sometimes it’s primarily metric, other times it’s 100% standard, but it is always worth saving. Mine? Well, it’s a cornucopia of hardware that may include anything from worthless rusty 1930’s leaf spring bolts, to “extra” bolts for a newer BMW. For the most part, I know where each bolt, nut, grommet, and washer originally came from, and why destiny chose to put them in the special drawer. Sometimes I keep bolts just to remind myself of how difficult a job was, and what I learned from it. Others are kept for that panic stricken moment when I need to hack my car back together again in a hurry. 95% of the time, that drawer has exactly what it takes to save the day. The value of these drawers monetarily speaking is quite low, but to me they are worth their weight in diamonds.
Got the most serious, amazing, organized bolt bucket? Feel like showing off? Send a picture of your junk drawer to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will post it up here!