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7/13/18 2:56 p.m.


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story by david kirk

My shop is a blue-collar workingman’s shop. It’s not a man-cave. It doesn’t have a 72-inch TV, or a wet bar, or a keg-or-ator. It doesn’t have a leather couch or Italian marble floors. It’s not a Garage Majal.

What it is is a warm, well-lit garage in a sleepy suburban neighborhood just outside Bozeman, Montana, where I work on my autocross car and make my living building custom bicycle frames. I’ve worked as a professional framebuilder for 28 years, and in this shop space since 2003.

Half of the shop is framebuilding workspace, and the other half is set aside for my autocross car. Over the years I’ve had a 1966 Lotus Cortina, 1976 Mazda RX-3, 1999 Birkin S3, 2005 Lotus Elise Supercharged and, finally, the 2014 Westfield Mega S2000 in this space.

All of the cars I’ve worked on in this shop have been lightweights, but the last one, the Westfield, is the first that I’ve built from the ground up. I assembled the Westie three years ago and have been tweaking and modifying it ever since. It’s been developed into a real race car and, with lots of time in the shop, become very quick and reliable. The Westfield weighs 1275 pounds, and the Honda F20C engine puts 220-plus horsepower to the ground with the help of Omex ITBs and a stainless tubular exhaust. It’s a D Mod FTD machine.

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dxman92
dxman92 Reader
7/14/18 6:39 a.m.

Nice layout! Do you have a website for your custom bikes?

LopRacer
LopRacer Dork
7/14/18 6:59 a.m.

He has both a Facebook and a website.  His bikes are really impressive.

te72
te72 Reader
7/16/18 10:13 p.m.

I can fully support painted floors and LED lighting. Cleanup is generally simple and after the lighting upgrade, I only need flash lights for spot work. No need to rent shop space if you're willing to set up the place you have for the work you want to do!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/17/18 11:42 a.m.
LopRacer said:

He has both a Facebook and a website.  His bikes are really impressive.

Liked. smiley

duke906
duke906 New Reader
7/19/18 9:40 a.m.

Great garage, I think it is the "garage majal" for simplicity and getting work done.....I would love to  paint my floors, but weather (near the arctic circle) and age have ravaged the floor and a SUV hasn't helped either.

 

 

Davemk1
Davemk1
7/19/18 9:49 a.m.

Hello - thank you for the kind words. Yes you can see my bike work on my website -

www.kirkframeworks.com

Thanks again and have fun inn your garage.

dave

te72
te72 Reader
7/22/18 4:09 p.m.

In reply to duke906 :

Consider a self leveling concrete repair. I've never used it, and can't speak to how effective it is or isn't, but it seems like it would be better than salt and water damaged concrete? Once it's nice and level, treat it with an epoxy top coat (like all things, prep work is the most important work here), and you'll have a fresh garage floor to work with.

 

I would recommend a grit texture if you're finding your floors wet from snow and the like. Wet epoxy is about as slick as a greased up dog turd.

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