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What's I've been busy on.... :)
« on: June 30, 2015, 06:35:24 PM »
The last week or so, I've been busy/preoccupied with 'getting some more workspace'...  so I apologize if I've delayed in responding to anyone's PMs... :)
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2015, 06:56:09 PM »
Very nice! Looks like a nice comfortable work space. Just remember, it always shrinks when you move in. I built a 26'x34' at one of our houses thinking it would have plenty of room. I outgrew it fast. My current garage is 32'x40'. Not near enough for me. I would go 40'x60' gambrel all day long now.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 06:58:55 PM »
Lucky!  :)

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 07:17:37 PM »
Very nice! Looks like a nice comfortable work space. Just remember, it always shrinks when you move in. I built a 26'x34' at one of our houses thinking it would have plenty of room. I outgrew it fast. My current garage is 32'x40'. Not near enough for me. I would go 40'x60' gambrel all day long now.

Ha, I outgrew our 40x60 and resorted to stacking cars on lifts.  I think no matter how large you build it, you'll find a way to fill it up, lol.

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 08:54:42 PM »
Very nice Gary. What are the dimensions and are you building it yourself? I had a 30'x40' built 15 years ago and I love it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 09:20:33 PM »
So does this mean more "toys" in your future?
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 10:54:25 PM »
Nice.  Congrats.
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2015, 01:23:46 AM »
Very nice, just one suggestion though before you move in. I would have your concrete guy come back and add more saw cut joints. I know it may sound like overkill but I would cut no more than 10'X10' squares and fill the joits with epoxy. I poured concrete for 30 years and I thought that I prepped my sub grade to perfection and that I could get away with less joints in my personal shop and boy have I been humbled. I am chasing cracks and adding epoxy seems like every other year. All of your re-entrant corners at doors should have a joint on them also. Not trying to criticize but hoping to help you enjoy your shop for years to come without having your creeper wheels catch in a crack and throw you off.....
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2015, 01:29:16 AM »
Sorry Gary, no advice, I am too busy crying...I'm jealous!
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2015, 01:41:52 AM »
Thanks guys... :)    I've been trying for months to find a nearby storage building or a lot to build one on, and finally decided to 'waste some $$' and build another garage behind my house (usually a bad idea re investment, but very convenient!).. :)

Nope, no more toys (I hope).. and you guys are probably correct in that a garage is never big enough (I should know!).. :)  I built a 32x44 30 yrs ago behind my home (where my daughter lives now).  I still have use of that space, but it's jampacked; I even have two cars stored at my other daughters, and my basement garage is full also.

I'm just trying to get some 'workspace' where I can actually open the doors on a car to work on it! :)
I've got a lot of space and people don't believe why I need more, but I've got *too many* cars and not enough space to actually work on one the way I want.  My goal is to use my other spaces for storage and actually do work in this one (perhaps on a couple of cars simultaneously).

It's a 28x42 with 10.5' ceiling and a 'resting porch' on the side of it (shaded of course).. :)    I'm planning on fully insulating, and hopefully with a heat pump so I can work in it regardless of temp outside.   It's only about 40' from my back door so I am attempting to eliminate any excuses not to work.. :)

Barry, you are probably correct re the saw joints.  I minimized the joints over what the concrete crew and my builder (my son in law) suggested.  I do plan to clean, etch, and epoxy the floor (if I can wait 30 days or so before beginning to use it!).. :)

Bentley!   Come on down; bring (one of) your Camaros and we'll work on it for a couple of weeks!  :) 
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2015, 01:48:47 AM »
Great idea!  Use it in good health!
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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2015, 04:30:08 AM »
Awesome Gary - especially in your back yard!

I went 29d x 34w x 10.5h with a hobby lift, lounge & loft in my yard. Would go two cars deep if I did it again.

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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2015, 06:21:36 AM »
Looks awesome! Any new space is good space. I like radiant heat and a couple zones. Then when I know I will be out there in an hour or so, I flip that zone on and let the concrete heat up nice. Then jump in.. D

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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2015, 01:49:04 PM »
Thanks guys,

It's almost weathered in now; sheathing is tyvek'ed, and decking is tarpapered, windows/walkdoor installed.  Shingles to go on as soon as possible (Monday hopefully)..  I can't wait to begin using it.. :)

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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2015, 03:12:55 PM »
Looks great Gary, I can't wait to see some pics with cars in there on there way to getting on the road!
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2015, 02:31:31 PM »
I've been asked by a few of you 'How is your garage coming?'...  :)

Not quite 'working on cars' yet, but the garage is coming along.  Currently wiring and insulating on the inside, then wall/ceiling paint and floor epoxy before I begin using it for 'real work'.. :)   
The 'construction zone' is beginning to clear a bit on the outside at least, but working on it during our current 100F/90+Humidity has been tough on my old body!!  :)

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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2015, 03:07:27 PM »
Hey Gary, good work. I hear you with the humidity, it just Zaps the energy right out of you doesn't it. I assume your new shop will also have AC/heat? What other amenities are you planning on?
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2015, 04:38:32 PM »

Gary, very nice! I am definitely jealous, especially since I don't have a shop of my own at this time. I have been using my brothers shop that is equipped with a lift to work on my 66, and thankful for that.
 
Look forward to seeing finished pictures and with your HO car sitting in there. :)

Keep up the good work and be careful in that heat/humidity
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2015, 12:07:57 AM »
LOL-started with a 3 car attached when we built the house, 10' ceilings. 2005 had a 32x64x12 gambrel built. (our first house could fit up stairs). All my lawn care stuff is in the 16x12 "salt box" Z's on the lift, still jockeying vehicles around! I'm jealous how beautiful your lawn is! This summer has been brutal from too much rain to now we need some. Digging the baby Kubota also, you know how to live!
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2015, 12:25:18 AM »
Looking good Gary!!!..  Jano you just need to move down south..  I just came in from mowing and it just keeps getting thicker...  Humidity + rain + extreme heat = amazon yard.. :o
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2015, 03:42:29 AM »
Darrel is right..  with the heat we have down south, get a little rain and the lawn grows ballistically!   :)  It's going to be cool tomorrow (ony 91F expected), so maybe I'll get more work done than today..  wiring and insulating..  up and down ladders... itching from the fg... :)

Jano... the Kubota is my son in law's.. who is my contractor on the garage shell construction; he spread my dirt pile yesterday and ran over it with the Harley rake (which does a fabulous job even in damp soil)..

Austin:  Yes, I HOPE to have a heat pump for AC and heat (if I can afford it after all the other expenses).  I'm also putting in a 'whole house attic fan' which hopefully will keep it workable in fall and spring temps.

Other amenities?  not much... lotsa light (eight double 8' fluorescents), a built in work bench and storage shelves, R30 ceiling insulation, R13 walls, white walls/ceiling, gray Epoxy floor.  and I think I'm really going to like the side porch with OH fan...  :)   I have a 4 post lift at my other shop (2 mi away) - I do my dirtiest work - ie sandblasting, paint, etc there.  I hope to do light mechanical, upholstery, assembly, etc in this new shop and store cars in my basement garage.
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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2015, 04:24:10 AM »
Sounds like quite the operation. I look forward to hearing about Phase III, when you complete building 3 for finished cars.... ;D
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2015, 12:56:52 PM »
I am in NC and have a 60 by 40. I put in a gas furnace and A/C. In the winter I can leave the heat on 60 which keeps the humidity low so the cars stay dry. I used a 4 ton unit and when I go out to work the gas unit can get the temp up to 70 in 30 minutes. A heat pump does not work that fast so you have to keep the temp up more or wait longer. My beach house has a heat pump which I leave on about 55 in the winter. When I go it takes around 3 hours for it to get to 70.
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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2015, 05:52:49 AM »
OK..  Garage is FINALLY finished and time for an update.  It's amazing how progress slowed down since the end of July, when the 10 man crews quit coming and it was *just Me* doing the wiring, insulation, wall board, painting, etc on the inside.. not to mention landscaping, cleanup, etc.. epoxying the floor, staining the porch floor.. and all the other myriad tasks necessary to begin work.  I've been working in the garage for a week or so, thus far just doing some work to reproduce the back seat wood for the Nomads (which made for lots of sawdust, etc that I had to clean up).. but today..  I moved my '56 Nomad out of the basement up to the garage so I can reupholster the seats.  Also today, I trailered my '57 Sedan from my 'dirty shop' over here so I can go thru the brakes, do a tuneup and clean it up (hasn't been driven in 10 yrs or more).. which also frees up space in my paint booth so I can finish up some work over there.  Here's a couple of photos of the first cars into my new space... :)
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« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2015, 05:58:03 AM »
It all turned out great Gary. The floors, the work bench, keep it all tidy my friend.

(How about some signage on those walls? ) :D

It looks like a great back drop for a photo shoot on your 69Z for the home page ;)
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« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2015, 05:59:03 AM »
and here are a couple of interior photos of the garage BEFORE I begin filling it up and messing it up.. :)
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« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2015, 06:03:06 AM »
It all turned out great Gary. The floors, the work bench, keep it all tidy my friend.

(How about some signage on those walls? ) :D

It looks like a great back drop for a photo shoot on your 69Z for the home page ;)

Thanks Austin..  :)   I did put up a poster of a '57 Nomad and the major reason for doing OSB on the walls was to allow installing screws, nails, etc anywhere on the wall... :)

Unfortunately this garage won't be used for photographing the '69 Z28...  The Z28 is in so many parts, and they are sorted, bagged, labeled, organized (for the most part) in the basement, so that car will remain there until it's running on it's own.  I do intend to bring up the engine parts and reassemble the 302 for the car in the new garage where I have much better light...  I may do that this winter if it all works out...  :)   I did free up some space in the basement where I now should have enough room to open the doors on the Z28 and finish some other work I was doing down there.

PS.  This new garage is the cleanest, brightest, and Best space I've ever had for doing car work.. :)
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« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2015, 12:38:23 PM »
Beautiful space Gary. You really did a nice job. I love that Nomad!
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« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2015, 02:06:07 PM »
Looks great Gary!  Congrats!
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« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2015, 03:36:39 PM »
Thanks fellas...   come by for a visit and I'll give you a tour..  or possibly a ride... :) ..  or maybe even put you to work! :)
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« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2015, 03:42:09 PM »
Looks great. I wish I had one! But here in the liberal welfare state of NY (Long Island at least) they would tax you dearly on that structure to squeeze more $$$ out of you.

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« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2015, 12:38:49 AM »
Nice! I wouldn't have expected anything less. That gray thing in your pics you call a "floor"? I have not seen that in my shop for some time,lol.
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« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2015, 01:36:34 AM »
Lucky!  :)

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« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2015, 04:16:22 AM »
Nice! I wouldn't have expected anything less. That gray thing in your pics you call a "floor"? I have not seen that in my shop for some time,lol.

*L*..  That's why I took photos now..  as it may not be visible for too long..  :)
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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2015, 06:00:06 AM »
amazing garage. nice interior