It is alway nice to have vast quantities of tools available to do all the jobs necessary on a bus and I am lucky in the fact that I have a very well equiped workshop. I am also fortunate in the fact that if special tools are required for a particular task I can for the most part make them myself, see hand made tools
I will list a number of tools, some essential some 'nice to have'
- 2lb 'Dead blow' hammer
- Dual Mig welder, I bought a Sealey 110 gas/gasless. I only used gasless when welding thick material and then only stuff not on the bus. I always used gas when welding on the bus, it is cleaner and much easier to use.
- 4.5" Angle Grinder
- Tin snips. I managed with these though I would really have like to have used a pair of 'nibblers'.
- 3 Ton jack. This I would say is an 'essential', they are expensive though a real handy tool when lifting the rear of the bus.
- 1.5 ton jack. Ok, this is a 'nice to have' (I already had it) as it assists greatly when fitting the engine and gearbox.
- 4 axle stands. Absolutely essential. If you are ever going to work under the bus ONLY DO IT WHEN ON AXLE STANDS The bus that is, not you.
- Carpet. Yep, carpet. I found that laying large quantities of carpet under the bus whilst working saved a lot of discomfort. Any old carpet will do.
- Metric socket set. Absolutely essential. Luckily when my father moved house he decided that he didn't need his lovely socket set anymore so he 'lent' it to me....long lease!!
- Variable speed drill and a stack of drill bits.
- Various clamps of differing shapes and sizes.
- Pulley pullers.
- A huge variety of screwdrivers.
- A duplicate set of metric spanners.
- Hammers.....loads of em.
- Pliers, wire snips, wire strippers, long nose pliers.
- Nice selection of files of as many shapes as you can imagine.