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Mark42202, looking at the pics and just curious as to why you cut that roof truss?
You have a nice shop by the way.

Thanks. Had to have a way to get up top for storage. The other side has a rat run with wiring running along it. It was easier to shore up the truss, then cut out a section, than it would be to re-route a ton of wiring.
 
I have no time, space, or money. There are some real nice shops out there.


I have no doubt you are short of all three....that's quite an arsenal of cars you have there.....LOL

Seriously, there are some nice looking shops on here. I can relate to the smaller ones as I've been working out of one for many years, until this year. The new garage is great, with more room and heat etc...BUT for some reason I find myself missing the old place. It was crammed to the rafters, dirty (crappy doors, the wind could blow right through), shitty lighing, and cold. So I ask myself "what the hell is wrong with me?"....I guess it was just the "character" the place had and all the memories that went with it....

Kinda strange huh?:sFun_doh2:
 
Here's mine with the new full flow dust control system for when painting. Only problem with that system was you could only paint the roof while it was on. lol. I didn't have time to get anything out the water came up so fast. All my tools, a bunch of parts and my a12 bee were in there. I'll have it cleaned up by this time next year.
 

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Ho. Lee. Crap.

Invisabledog, how long did it take for the water level to come up....and how long was it like that? That would be a scary feeling watching that...I can only imagine..
 
Ho. Lee. Crap.

Invisabledog, how long did it take for the water level to come up....and how long was it like that? That would be a scary feeling watching that...I can only imagine..

I got a call at work that night and rushed home. At 8pm when I got to the shop and unlocked the door the water was just starting to creep in on the floor. 20 min later it was nearly waist deep. Never seen water rise that fast. I'm not right next to the creek and there's a 4 lane highway between me and the creek. This was all back water that couldn't get into the river. You can see the high water mark on the door and the Bee door glass. By about noon the next day the water was gone. Luckily it was fairly clean so not much mud, but the water was very caustic. Stuff keeps rusting and corroding even after it dried. I have to wash or flush everything inside and out. Spent several hours on the bee with a pressure washer and very hot water. Unable to save the instrument cluster for the bee or the 64 fury. Didn't realize they were flooded until days later and they were rusted and corroded. At least nothing floated away and the shop is still standing. Many people lost everything but the hole their house was once in.
 
No kidding! It wasn't too bad, nearly 3 hrs of blasting tonight and I got this much done: Mustang interior trunk, wheelhouses (in trunk), tail panel (both sides), trunk pan inside, package tray, rear window glass area, roof, inside front inner fenders, cowel, windshield glass area, and radiator support. On the Duster outer tail panel, entire left side of car, door jam on left, rear window glass area, outside left front fender area (inner fender, not removable one), cowel, front glass window area, inside right inner fender, half of radiator support! There was plenty of room for sure!
 
First let me say I am very lucky to have a wife that lets me pursue my dreams without too much fuss. Second, I am lucky to finally have the finances to build and buy things I have always dreamed about. I have worked hard all my life, saved my money, and been lucky to have some of my investments pay off.

I live on a 30 acre farm which I grow corn on as a hobby. My house and buildings set in the middle of the property. I have a 60 x 60 farm barn I store my equipment in and do my "dirty" repair work. We built a heated 54 x 90 barn for toys. This barn has three sections. The rear 2/3rds are for heated storage (no more winterizing things). The front 1/3rd has 2 stories. The bottom story is for my office and "cleaner" work area. The 2nd story is our bar where we entertain.

Ma Snart
 

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Ma Snart you have truly been blessed for you hard work that is one beautiful property and garage,you have a very nice collection of cars and other things very nicely displayed. I would be afraid to touch anything there, just awsome glad to see some one who can enjoy the fruits of their labor with others. Thanks for the photos.
 
Ma Snart you have truly been blessed for you hard work that is one beautiful property and garage,you have a very nice collection of cars and other things very nicely displayed. I would be afraid to touch anything there, just awsome glad to see some one who can enjoy the fruits of their labor with others. Thanks for the photos.


Thank you for the kind words.

Ma Snart
 
VERY impressive... Thanks for sharing! amazing accomplishments for sure.
 
shop, garage,tools

ma snart ,very nice,what brand a frame are you putting together there.
 
A Frame is from Harbor Freight. Made in China, very inexpensive, but for as often as I need it, very cost effective. Can adjust the height up and down very easily and pin the position. Put a HF 2 ton chain hoist on it.

I bought it to assemble my car lift (blue steel on the floor behind my friend Dale in previuos picture). Have also used to lift engines and other stuff into and out of my truck.

Ma Snart

Using the A frame to assemble the lift. Child labor - my son doing the work - Me taking pictures. My wife trying out the lift for the first time
 

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Tools

I ve looked at the harbor frieght one and I looked at a unit that shop crane has trying to decide which one will fit my needs. Thats also a nice side lift that you picked whats the specs. on it thanks again.
 
I read an article in Street Rodder about the A frame and that was what made my mind up on buying the Harbor Frieght unit. Couldn't buy the steel for what I paid.

I bought a portable lift that is like a pallet set of forks. Not as stable as a 2 post stationary, but is mobile so I can store it out of my way. Also I can move it around anywhere on the concrete and lift a vehicle without having to shuffle. No drilling into the floor either.

I bought a set of tall jack stands (called transmission jacks) which I put under each corner as safety measures when I have a car or truck up for extended time frame. It cost about $3000 and was made in China. It went together easy and has worked well. There was a US MFG that made a similar unit, but they discontinued it.

Here are the specs:

MSC-6K Lift
Mobile lift uses "pallet jack" style hydraulics to raise lift onto wheels
Rolls right under vehicle or use the unique drive over design to easily position lifting points.
Thick 13" x 10" column
Chain over design uses a 3"x36" cylinder and 846 leaf chain.
Single point lock release.
Powder coat paint finish.
Specifications:
Model Number MSC-6K
Capacity 6,000 lbs
Power Pack 110vac
Lifting height 72"
Low height 5"
Pad height 5"- 9.5" (spin-up style)
Height overall 102"
Width overall 59"
Distance between lifting pads,column side to offside
60" max 54" min.
Distance between lifting pads,offside
81" max 54" min.


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Ma Snart

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Beautiful place you have....You have a lot to be proud of. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I'm glad to see you have good tast in Snowmobiles also.
 
Beautiful place Ma!!! What did you set the ceiling height at and what material did you use for the ceiling? I have an older 36 x 40 with a 13' eave height that is not insulated. I bought a 200k btu forced air heater but I need to insulate and want to add some type of ceiling so I can contain the heat. Yours looks awesome and appears to be some type of metal. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks!
 
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