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Old 08-18-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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A list of your favorite tools?

I did not buy a vintage Airstream as an excuse to buy more tools... despite what my wife might think. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



Seriously, I have a decent collection of auto and home repair tools. I have almost nothing for working sheet metal; no snips, no riveter, no Cleco's, nada. While I'm sure there are threads somewhere, I would appreciate a list of your favorite Airstream-related tools. Since I'm not telling COMNAVSPOUSPAC about this thread, price is no object.

Life is too short for mediocre tools. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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It's an Airstream...Who needs tools?

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Old 08-18-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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I'm sure Frank will help you out with some recomendations for Harbor Freight Tools. They may have some black marks on them but that should wipe right off.
Since getting my 1966 Safari I have purchased an air operated rivet tool (Jet Mfg) an electric hand held shear (Milwaukie) and a 18 volt DeWalt cordless drill. Several drill bits for rivet removal and a whole bunch of rivets. I got reg pop rivets, large head rivets (Fastenall) and Olympics (Vintage trailer supply) I plan to get a bottle jack to assist in the axle replacement, then it will go in a trailer storage compartment for tire changes. I just got two DeWalt D130 drill motors off of eBay for polishing. Looking now on eBay and Craigslist for a cyclo polisher. I will be replacing all of the woodwork so I will probably get a air operated staple gun. If I can think of anything else I will get it. I'm kind of a too whore!!

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:01 PM   #4
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A sheet metal nibbler. Lewster posted one a while back and it has to be easier than tin shears!
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you realle need to have a rivet shaver, and the most important of all a cyclo polisher

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Old 08-18-2008, 05:20 PM   #7
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I have an air powered "jab saw". It looks like a mini Sawzall, but air powered, rather than electric. Sears (Craftsman) sells a rivet gun that has a swivel head, very handy for getting into "those" places. A caulking gun for the tubes of Vulkem you will be dispensing, a cordless screwdriver, a laser level, digital volt/ohm meter, a collapsible aluminum ladder, a putty knife, a wheel bearing packer, a test light, a first aid kit....
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Life is too short for mediocre tools. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
I agree! Here's my 'don't leave home without' list...

Corkscrew
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:27 PM   #9
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Janet, ya beat me to it.

My favorite tools in the Airstream are a bottle opener and a cork screw!

Of course, I have my service van with me where ever I go (it's my TV) so I always have my full complement of tools with me!
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... I'm sure there are threads somewhere, I would appreciate a list of your favorite Airstream-related tools...
there is...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...box-30378.html

just one of many.

and a link to links of the plethora of stuff we absolutely must carry...

really just the essentials.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/523514-post2.html

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You never cease to amaze me how fast you come up with AirForum links.

They have helped me more than you can imagine.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:16 PM   #12
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What configuration of Cyclo? As for a rivet shaver, do you like a dedicated tool like Sioux or the Olympic add-on? As for riveters, I've seen the rotating head models, but it sounds like pneumatic might make things a bit easier on a big job. Just curious.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:19 PM   #13
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Pneumatic rivet puller
Rivet gun
Rivet shaver
Compounder
Cyclo-Polisher
Jacuzzi

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Well, the jacuzzi is going to have to wait until we pay for renovations. And step one is pouring the pad for the trailer. I did some shopping, but mostly for materials rather than tools. I'm going to start looking at pneumatic rivet guns and a shaver. Looks like Craftsman produces a rivet gun. I have a fair number of Craftsman tools and have used the lifetime warranty on occasion (showing an uncanny ability to break tools). I think I saw something in the forums by Brown. I suppose the thing to do is go with the Olympic shaver sold by VTS.

Ah, so many tools, so little time (and money).
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