I do actually need to put together a small toolkit. I plan to get a battery box and stuff a few bits in there. One good thing on these cars is that you don't need many sized sockets or spanners.
As for the alternator, service exchange, or carry a spare fan belt for when the front bearing seizes and then melts the belt. Then pray you are near enough home to fit the new one (any body with an old BL pile of shite always carries a decent toolbox) and get home before that melts ans it overheats.
I'm really trying to resist buying a replacement. They're dirt cheap:
Won't be as good quality I suspect, but should get the job done. Given a rebuild kit is £30 for the standard Lucas, it doesn't make too much sense to not just buy new.
I still haven't had a chance to sort the bodywork either. Luckily there is minimal work on that front. Just glad I didn't buy a really crap one, as I'd been spending the same but on a hopeless car unlikely to pass it's next MOT. I am starting to understand the phrase, money pit when it comes to old cars....
Excellent progress and wallet draining happening here. I see you subscribe to the priniciple of if a job's worth doing it's worth doing right.
I'm just hoping these things I've done so far will make it feel much better to drive. Before it felt rattled and clunked over bumps, loose and tired.