Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
10/4/18 1:22 p.m.


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After devoting a year to planning, building and setting up our backyard shop, we finally took a break. Why? Because in our minds, it was done–a finished haven ready to host our automotive projects.

But actually working on a few cars in our new space made us realize that owning a shop is like owning a home: The work is never really finished. Our walls were calling out for storage, so we set down our tools, pulled the cars outside, and went back to work on the building.

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te72
te72 Reader
10/4/18 11:41 p.m.

Tooling up a garage... the eternally difficult decision. When you finally get to work in a garage that you wisely outfitted with stuff like this, you'll wonder how you ever did it without such a setup.

 

However... this stuff isn't cheap, and the sky is the limit on what you install. Whatever you spend on outfitting the garage takes away from project car budgets.

 

Tough call.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
10/5/18 12:16 a.m.

I really appreciate this series of articles.  The wife and I just finished building a new  house.  First thing I did was coat the garage floor.  By Christmas I want to have cabinets and storage resolved and possibly a lift.  I need to do all of this and leave room for the wife to park too.

te72
te72 Reader
10/8/18 11:24 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS :

Think vertically my friend. I have a rule in general for the garage: if it doesn't have wheels, it doesn't belong on the floor. Even some things that do have wheels (wheel dollies, for example) get stored off the ground when not in use.

 

Good call on the floor coating, if done well, you won't regret it.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
10/9/18 12:05 a.m.
te72 said:

In reply to AnthonyGS :

Think vertically my friend. I have a rule in general for the garage: if it doesn't have wheels, it doesn't belong on the floor. Even some things that do have wheels (wheel dollies, for example) get stored off the ground when not in use.

 

Good call on the floor coating, if done well, you won't regret it.

I’m going with cabinets on one wall with two small rolling carts, modular shelves on the opposite wall and slat wall in the front wall.  A two car garage isn’t huge but if organized well it should work well.  

One of the best ideas I’ve read here was to use hose reels and electric cord reels.  I’m thinking one hose reel and two electric cord reels would work well for me.  

I did have extra lighting installed when we built the house thank goodness.  

I’m going to need to raise my garage track and change to a sidemount garage door opener to install a lift, but it shouod be worth it.  I’m getting too old to enjoy jackstand work anymore.

te72
te72 Reader
10/9/18 10:07 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS :

Sounds like you'll have an excellent layout for working on a project car. I made the mistake of making sure the garage fit all the cars we have indoors, but didn't really account for the idea that we'd be working on these cars occasionally... oops! So, yeah, figure if you want to park indoors, give yourself about 400 sq-ft of space to dedicate to maintenance / project work, and try to resist the temptation to stuff another car in there haha.

 

Anthony, we're all too old for jack stand work, we just don't know it yet. Jackstands are great for the pits, the home garage / shop... not so much, in the long run. Especially for small guys like me.

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
10/9/18 10:33 p.m.

mmm.....storage

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