From "The Rocky Mountain RVators" newsletter and the RV newsgroup.
What Tools Do I Need?
The most asked question from new and prospective RV builders is,
"what Tools will I need?" The following list is compiled by 4
builders, 2 with planes flying, one finishing the engine installation,
and one midway through his wing kit. The list of tools is divided
into 3 groups. First (1) lots of time low bucks, second (2), average
Joe some bucks good job and fairly quickly, third (3), Donald
Trump's little brother, lots of money.
All of the following can be purchased through Avery Enterprises,
Cleaveland Tools, and Harbor Freight Tools. (see last issue for
tool vendors) We in no way represent any particular vendor but
just point you to a known source. Shopping around will most likely
save you money.
Air Compressor (75 psi min.) 1 to 2 hp
Second List: Assumes you will have most items from the First list.
Rivet Gun 2X or 3X [do not use air hammer]
Rivet sets: straight & offset 1/8" Universal
Flush Rivet Set
Drill Motor: Air or Battery (not AC powered, cutting power cord
= loss of
Drill Bits: #41, #40, #30, #12, 3/16", 1/4"
Long Drill Bits: 12" long #30, #40
#50 Drill Bits in std., 6 inch and 12 inch lengths
Metal Files: flat, half round, round
Scotch Brite, fine red color
Bench Grinder: 6" preferred
Scotch Brite wheel: 6"x1" (polishing, deburring, trimming)
Deburring Tools: for straight edges and drilled holes.
Bench Vise: 4" or larger
Cleco Fasteners: 350 3/32", 150 1/8",
(get metal bodied type, the plastic ones just will not hold up
"C" Clamps: 12 1", 12 2", having a few of each size in the deep
M/S Counter-sink stop Cage: w/#30 & #40 piloted cutters
Hand Rivet Squeezer:
Squeezer Sets: flush and Universal rivets 1/8" and 3/32"
Dimple dies: 1/8" and 3/32"
Bucking bar/set drilled for dimple die shank .187"
Metal Cutting tools: Snips left, right, straight cuts.
Hacksaw Blade & Holder
Hand Seamer (can use a piece of hardwood 3"x3"x1" with saw cut
slot as seamer)
Pop rivet tool
Tape measure and rules (6" & 12")
Level: Carpenters, bubble protractor
Wood working tools: For jigs etc.
Air Tool Regulator: for Rivet Gun
Third, Top of the Line: You have the Money$$$
Drill Press: Slow speed model less than 250 rpm.
Fly Cutter: Cut lightening holes in ribs (kits now come with rib
pre punched but still useful)
Drill Bits: use 135 degree split point bits #30,
#41, #40 ,#12, D, 3/16",1/4" standard length; #30, #40, 3/16",1/4",6",12"
Drill Stops: Commercial type, or use 3/32" & 1/8" plastic tubing
Unibits: #1 and #4
Right Angle drill attachment: w/ #30 & #40 bits
Bench Top Band Saw: (When using metal cutting blade for non-ferrous
speed does not have to be slowed.)
Hand Riveting and Dimpling Arbor
Back Riveting Set
Back Rivet Plate: steel plate approx 1/2" x
15" x 6" smooth faces
Flush Rivet Set (swivel with rubber guard preferred)
Vise Grip Dimpler: 3/32" dimple die welded to tip
Pop Rivet Dimplers: use in pop rivet tool for 100! AN-426 rivets
and 120! flush
Dimple Dies: for AN509 screws #6, #8, #10
Side grip Cleco Clamps
Handi-Clamp: Sheet metal neat things with rubber gripping surface
won't mar the
Rivet Spacing Fan
Automatic Center punch
Edge Rolling Tool or Hole Flanging Tool
Vixen Tool: Body file
Scotch Brite Surface Conditioning Disc/kit: Attaches to drill
scratches in aluminum surfaces
Paint Gun: Either Air Brush and/or touch up gun
Hand Held Die Grinder: Air powered
All of the Above, plus all below
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Pneumatic Rivet Squeezer with multiple heads (Avery now makes
a hand squeezer
which uses the same heads, good deal!)
Air Compressor: 3HP, 100psi or better
Metal Cutting Bandsaw
Turbine low Pressure, High Volume paint sprayer: To paint the
Someone Else to do It
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