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Old 04-03-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
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Tools needed to start?

So i have a few tools already and i was wondering what other tools i might need for the initial breakdown phase.

Currently owned:

Impact Gun
Impact driver
Drill/driver
angle grinder with sander attachment
ratchet set (small and larger 1/2)
and a few other tools for working on normal cars.

I think ill need a scraper or prybar for the floor other than that i do not know what i'd need for tear down. (seat, floor, side walls, ceiling removal, painting)
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:48 PM   #2
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I went through quite a few phillips bits on my impact screwdriver, so be sure to get impact rated, and maybe 10 or more #2, and a couple #3. I also blew through a 10 pack of generic metal cutting discs on my grinder. I used a really large prybar and a cats paw mini prybar to pull up the floor. It really helped out having one hold the plywood up while I slipped the the larger bar under for better leverage. I would recommend some kind of plate to put under the prybar since I dented my floor in a few places due to stubborn plywood attachment. A mini sledge was helpful as well. For the windows, a box cutter or similar razor blade knife to cut the seal around them if you're going to be taking them out. Check for a couple screws holding them to the body that are in the actual channel of the windows.

Safety stuff of course, like breathing masks, full surround eye protection, ear plugs and gloves.
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:14 PM   #3
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band aids, ice for head you will need it when bash your head, some one to take you to the hospital, and beer
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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Beer, air hammer with chisel bit set. Beer, bud, some more beer.

Air compressor is really handy. Not sure you'll need sanding discs for the angle, I've not needed mine yet. Just the abrasive disc and wire wheel attachments.
Haven't needed my impact yet but its there. Get a BIG one if you're gonna get one. A good cordless drill AND a good cheap one WITH a cord.
Beer. gotta have that, or I guess wine... If that's your thing!
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:40 PM   #5
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I found a 1/2 breaker invaluable for attacking the seat bolts on the chair rail, as well as driver extensions (the Pittsburg wobble set from HFT worked quite well, although I probably should have gotten the impact-rated). A Jobtool-Ryobi, Rigid, or whoever- I also found invaluable with both a 90* impact driver head and saw head with scraper for the decals
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Old 04-03-2016, 03:48 PM   #6
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In my opinion a must have is an air chisel and compressor. It is the only way to go for removing rivets. Another would be a big hammer. Also grinding and cutting discs. Depending on what you are going to do you may need a welder. Vice grips and C-clamps. Goggles, dust mask. Jigsaw for cutting rigid insulation. Great stuff foam insulation. Measuring tape and Sharpie marker. Speed square. Good set of drill bits. Razor knife. Sawzall. Solder, soldering gun, shrink tubing or tape. 12v test light. Work table. Latex gloves if using foam insulation. Chalk line. Good extension cord. Heater? Tarps if taking windows out? Plumbing supplies. 110v and 12v fuses, breakers, boxes etc. A well thought out floor plan and as much help as you can get. That is all I can think of off the top of my head.
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Q: What tools are needed to build a Skoolie/RV conversion?

A: All of them.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:46 PM   #9
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lol i can understand the beer and band aids. There are no rivets in the interior, looked to be all screws. I have the safety equipment as i use to work on cars. Will my impact gun i used on axels not be enough?

Side note all my tools are milwaukee brand if that makes a difference. the m18 series.
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There are no rivets in the interior, looked to be all screws.
If your bus is an International like mine, #2 Square driver bits, lots of them. And whatever they can't pull out, grind the heads off.
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