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07-28-2006 04:07 PM
conestogaman And I was lookin' forward to the video...

07-28-2006 02:37 PM
Zimmo Thanks for the advise guys

I ended up renting a shed a few months ago & replaced the engine there.

I'm in the process of designing my new custom garage to replace that shed. Hopefully fall of '07 I'll be posting pics of it.
07-28-2006 12:59 PM
LS1 -Volvo


I grew up in a family of carpenters, and spent five years in the military as a construction engineer. I'm not a professional builder, but I was trained to do basic design and estimation in the military, which included estimated the weight a structure can handle. I don't have stress charts any more, but I've a godd idea how much a 6x6 can handle.

That said - please reconsider using that shed. All that weight is being transferred to the four posts, including the weight of the shed, anything else in the shed, and you. The odds are very good it will give way, possibly with you in it, and that's a hefty drop, especially with a car landing on you.

Is the possibility of you being crippled or dead worth the few bucks you'll save?
06-19-2006 03:04 PM
nova_kevin For your wife's sake , make sure you have good life insurance when you drive your car into your shed ,
Maybe its cheaper to have somone else do the work on your car , think about what your life is worth , maybe you can build one in the future , but for now build a good friendship with the local garage
Nova Kevin
05-10-2006 03:12 PM
Zimmo Here's a pic...The new motor is in front. See the difference in the intake

BTW - the 10 x 20 storage unit rental was actually a little too narrow
05-10-2006 02:58 PM
Zimmo Yeah, that's what I did...rented a 10 x 20 storage unit. No lights or outlets though. For the lights, I ended up getting an LED dive light that has a 40 hour run time on 1 set of batteries. Working only on my days off, it took roughly 2 months.

The biggest issue was the lack of heat. It was like working in a freezer. In the end, it turned out ok. I installed one of those used Japanese motors from this place
The total price was $ 825 with shipping & no core requirement. The engine was complete and it looked like it was only 1-2 years old with around 30k miles on it. Most of the sensors were compatible, except for the O2 sensor & distributor. The intake on the new motor was a lot bigger, and it had bigger fuel injectors. Same displacement as the original, but much improved on over the last 10 years in Japan.
My wife is pretty happy with it too. It has more power than the original motor ever did, at least 20% more. I did have to replace the radiator too because of the increase in horsepower.

Anyway, I gotta recommend this to any of you thinking about rebuilding a Japanese motor. I have an extra a/c compressor, power steering pump, & a brand new mini alternator that might work nice on my big block Olds project

Thanks again for all the advice
05-10-2006 02:10 AM
makeshift garage

Hi, i just saw this thread, so i guess it's all over now, but the one thing i didn't see was to rent a storage for a month or so. if you are near a town with a mini storage, you could rent a 10x20, put your car in it, pull the engine, lock the car in it. return when the engine is ready to put in and put it together. if you also need room to build the motor, rent a 20x20.
storage units have varying rules, but i have been in several where they didn't mind you working on something in your unit. the only bad thing is there is usually only 1 light and/or outlet. it's cheaper than a funeral.
also i have used both kerosene and propane space heaters. i like propane better, as the fumes are not as bad. if you are painting, the kerosene fumes can make fisheyes in your paint job. after all it is oil. Doug
04-09-2006 03:14 PM
joseph brown

how about have somebody else do it for you and convert all that building time and money into making money the best way you know how for thought..........jb
04-08-2006 10:04 PM
Old Dog aka alpa dog
Makeshift garage

From the look and sound of things it's time to call in some markers. Look toward some friends who have a garage or better suited shed/barn to work in. Check to see if there is a high school or technical school in your area that may do the work you need. Bottom line DO NOT put yourself in danger trying to use something that is not safe. You may find the cost of trying to make this shed into something to you can put your car in is more than you would pay someone to fix your car. Good luck whatever you do.
03-24-2006 06:49 AM
matt_ramsey here was my idea, first pic is the "garage" i threw up to keep the rain off my car whilst i primered & puttied it. the second is the same garage, after a few rainstorms. luckily, the car was painted by then. did i say "luckily"? I meant, "as planned". yeah.

that's how you'd do it out in the country anyways.
03-23-2006 02:37 AM
hrd im not sure if anyones still wathing this thread but it occured to me the cheapest and ez'st and safest way to use the actual shed is to find and or make a 15 x 15 flat area and move the shed to that area, the more i look at that structure the more i fear for you, at least maybe keep a camera rolling so you can take a crack at the 10 grand from bob saget, also i just noticed you posted its on a 2x4 floor?...did i read that right? ..please, set it on the ground
03-22-2006 03:40 PM
Dgas my setup is that tent attached to my Model A garage 15' wide and 25 " long (same day light through the walls deal) + the 16'x20' of the tent makes it VERY roomy and the gray color makes it about 10 deg warmer even on -0 days
03-22-2006 03:24 PM
Chopt 48 That pretty well looks more comfortable than the 70 year old one car garage that I am working in. It has a lot of cracks for drafty winds to come in.
03-22-2006 10:23 AM
Dgas here is what i did ,under 300 clams, BUT check your local ordinances FIRST , what they do not tell you is MOST municipality's (in town ,rural is ok) do NOT allow these , as tempoarary shelter's they don't like them because there is NO TAX revenue, I get away with it as I only use it in the cold month's up to 3.5 month's and no more, MUCH more room than my clap board Model A sized garage
03-05-2006 09:25 AM
Chopt 48 This is way after the fact but a couple of 500 watt Halogen work lights usually will warm up a small work area enough to make it comfortable to work on a rig. They throw out a lot of heat.
I hang one up over the work bench in my shed/workshop and It keeps the hands warm when working on bench projects.
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