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11-18-2005 06:01 AM
Beenaway2long Wow...memories......terrible torturous memories, of why (probably)arthritis is setting in...

First snowmobile: 1970. Worked on it outside.
First car : 1976 Motor change in the grass. Pulled motor (shortblock only) with a pipe and a scabbed tripod on one side of the car, BY MYSELF. Couldn't be bothered to wait for help. One end of the 2" pipe on the tripod (was like a teepeemade of 1" gas pipe). I lifted on the other end, with the motor tied to the middle. Worked pretty good at the time. Would I try it again?? NOPE. Recommend it? Nope. It was scary when the chain slid over the pipe toward your hands. Installing the new shortblock gave me the insight to tie off the motor to the tripod and where I lifted, so it didn't slide. Wish I would have had pictures...but at 13 years old, you don't take time for that stuff!

Kept up the "grass shop" till '85. (At least the utility bills weren't bad)
Bought a house with a one car garage in 85. Kids came, projects took a backseat to formula and diapers.

Got back into Cars in 2001, hence the name Beenaway2long.
Now, with kids grown, its Daddy Time !!

11-18-2005 12:26 AM
william27103 i work in my dad's building in the back yard, he built it for his printing business, but has since given up and just works for a big print shop full time and sells retail printed stuff for himself part time, it's a 1 bay garage, the other side of the wall is like a work area, and i store parts not in use on the second floor

once i finish my camaro, we're gonna clean the whole place out and put up shelves and workstations and stuff, places to put tools, etc before we start on our 75 trans am

has a/c in the summer, but only one of those lp tank heaters that we move around where needed in the winter.

lol, we put up black plastic around the stairway and over the stairway door to keep heat and cold from going up there

i'd like to have a bigger place, but i can't complain
11-17-2005 11:47 PM
powerrodsmike We lived in alot of places when I was growing up so I got to work in anything from a heated shop to a snow covered field. I was putting a trans in my chevy van and when the droplight fell in the snow and the bulb exploded . I guess that lightbulbs aren't pyrex. I would sometimes find the parts and tools that I lost over the winter in the springtime when mowing. When I moved into my first apartment there was no paved driveway and I couldn't afford a good set of jackstands so I dug a shallow pit that I could park cars over. I would lay carpet scraps on the dirt if I had them. (I still prefer carpet to use instead of a creeper.) It takes 2 people to install a 727 torqueflite if you have no floorjack. (tip: if you are going to do this, get a floorjack.) Motors and transmissions would get built in the kitchen or living room. Motors had to get assembled in the car because they were too heavy to carry out of the apartment all together. We broke the only good branch off of the walnut tree pulling the motor out of a 67 chevy PU. That made a mess. The new ,improved engine hoist was 2 2X8's nailed together and laid across the roofs of the work vans that we had. A cheapo ratcheting come-along did the lifting. When I moved into my first real house it had a 1 car garage with a 1 lane driveway. I built a shelter out of old plumbing pipe and blue tarps to work on the cars outside in the winter because by then I had too many tools filling up the garage. Now I rent a 50X50 room for my business with almost every tool and piece of equipment that I could ever need. I bought most of the tools and equipment used to stretch my dollars. People think I have it easy because now that I have a really cool shop that is fairly well equipped. I worked in the dirt for 25 years. I earned it.
11-17-2005 11:47 AM
WakBordr7387 I got a portable building where we keep all our tools along with storage for other things in, I do all my work out in the driveway or under our shed. The shed only has a roof, and isnt to good when its real windy or cold.

11-17-2005 11:13 AM
35WINDOW About 25 years ago I restored a '69 Z28 in my parents driveway-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-cold!!! I have owned several houses (own 3 now), but I have a 20X30 shop now and wouldn't trade it for the world!

11-17-2005 09:35 AM
cliff tate
wher do ido most of my work

i am very fortionet i have a small 2 bay heated shop,i have220 wiring mig welder old stick welder valve grinding equ,parts washer,old dishwasher which is great for final wash of engine parts, but i am 65 and have gathered this stuff for years, my wife calls junk. but in bc wher it rains 1/2 of the year and is cloudy the other part you need shelter. cliff
11-17-2005 07:36 AM
sicksixseven You guys and your garages! I do all of my work out in the driveway area. I sometimes work on the grass, but it gets real frustrating. I am currently doing an engine swap in my 4Runner in the field out back. You think it's tough to find something you drop in grass, try a matted field! I was kicked out of the garage when I was 9 years old. I left one of my Dad's hammers out in the driveway when I was playing, and I haven't been able to use his tools or garage area since. He once let me do an A-arm swap in my friends Nissan in there, but only because it wasn't mine. I am currently rebuilding an engine in my dorm room. It is the first time I have ever done automotive work past september without a coat and gloves on

11-17-2005 06:44 AM
58Chev I have done oil changes and 4x4 suspension swaps in my driveway (asphalt). for the past 6yrs. The worst was T-Stat change at -23*C (-9*F), almost lost a finger.
Just this past august had a 16x24 garage built, planned ahead and put in electric radiant heat in the slab. Now the warm slab wont bother the bones..
11-16-2005 10:21 PM
70 runner [QUOTE=Bounty Hunter]Just curious if I'm the only poor boy here. What is your "shop" like? Are you working in the yard, driveway (paved or not?), basement or what?


I built a 42 by 72 foot shed. Its almost done! Cost a lots of money but its something that i have always wanted. Doing most of the work myself helps on cost.I have fixed and painted many cars outside and in small areas for along time!!
Now its time to enjoy working in a shed that i have always dreamed of.

70 runner
11-15-2005 01:11 PM
bet on black well, i am currently living in an apartment, so i do my oil changes, brake jobs, etc. on my Lightning in the parking lot.

my '59 chevy truck is in a friend's dad's barn. half of the truck is on dirt (in a horse stall) half on cement. at least the 220v plug is only 20 feet away.
11-15-2005 08:34 AM
cornfieldcars When I was in high school I had to work in the pole barn with a dirt floor and bales of hay all around. Now...I'm still in a pole barn but it has a cement floor and no hay

11-14-2005 04:35 PM
staircasesurfer god you guys are lucky, i have to work on gravel and it sucks. hopefully when i move into my own house it will have a garage. ahh nevermind i dont even need a house, i will just by a big garage and but a bed inside
11-13-2005 07:27 PM
46chevyfleetline Hey Dshield; Please keep your cold and snow this winter. Got too much of your weather last year. Thanks in advance. LOL
11-13-2005 02:56 PM
Simple Garage

After 8 years of house reno's I finally built my garage. Only 20'x24' but sure beats rolling around in the snow!
11-13-2005 08:43 AM
mj_lover in my dads 24x28 nica heated garage, almmost every tool imaginable, its nice
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