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The tools you take to a salvage yard are very similar to those you take on the trail, but bringing too much stuff is a headache since you don't have a truck to haul it around in. We've found that a minimal cache of gear can get nearly any part off an abandoned vehicle. Here's what we like to bring: A backpack or little red wagon to haul stuff, a tape measure and notepad to record sizes in case you are not sure if it will fit, a camera to record odd parts you have never seen before (though some yards don't allow cameras), and a small sack of handtools. If you know that you'll need some serious power, look into the Milwaukee 28-volt cordless impact; it's super burly and great for tearing vehicles apart fast.

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