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Apartment people where do you work on your rides?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Skeezix, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Skeezix
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 846

    from SoCal

    I did search with my thumbs on TJJ app.
    Looks like I am moving to Sou Cal and renting my home out. Never been an apartment dweller with a project - what do you guys do?
    I have two projects and think that renting storage near work is the option but it seems that most places don't allow repairs/ projects.
  2. It's been about 30 years ago, but did 2 engine swaps in the apt parking lot. Probably couldnt do that today though.
  3. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Don't know about SoCal, but here in Houston, you can't or aren't supposed to even change your oil in an apartment complex. Plus, I'd be careful keeping a project of any worth in an apartment parking lot.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  4. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,815


    You just asked the $1,000,000 question. My wife wants us to move to the other coast and there's no way we can afford a house anytime soon and I'm trying to think what it would be like to try to build a car from an apartment.
    All signs point to suck and a 99% chance of aint gonna happen. I'll be interested in the answers though.
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  5. Very unlikely your going to be able to. Even the storage unit thing is out of the question. What area of So Cal are you looking at?
  6. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    I dont know why people arent buying houses ,Rent is almost the same,,,,,
  7. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    That's what banks used to say. Look at 'em now. Now, renting a house, that would be a good option. Depending on the OP's financial situation.
  8. Very true statement. That did not even enter my mind. You can buy cheaper right now as compared to renting in LA and OC
  9. B Ramsey
    Joined: Mar 29, 2009
    Posts: 623

    B Ramsey

    you can rent an industrial space...or why not a house with a garage and one acre? i have one avail for 1k in hesperia.....
  10. Dave50
    Joined: Mar 7, 2010
    Posts: 1,751


    Ik a few guys who had that problem and they went and rented shop so they all could pool there resources togethr and afford a place to keep there stuff secure. Arent there some car clubs who do this aswell?
  11. J Twitero
    Joined: Apr 15, 2011
    Posts: 105

    J Twitero
    from Minnesota

    I am renting 2 of the garages in my apartment complex, one I park my pickup in, the other has my '52 ford in it with most of my tools. My garages dont even have electricty in them, but the neighbor with the garage next to the ford pays for the car plug in pole to be energized and we run extension cords over if I we need to run small tools. I am in no way chopping the top or anything that extensive, but basic maintenace is no problem. I have gone as far as replacing the clutch in the ford, Ive replaced the head gasket in my OT work beater, rebuilt the engine on a generator I got too cheap to pass up, even built brackets for things welding with the oxy/acetelyne cuz I cant plug in the stick welder. Would I like to have a better shop? You're damn right I would, but in the mean time I make do with what I have, and know that I will hopefully be looking for my own place with a decent shop within the next few years.
  12. mixedupamx
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 513


    years ago I lived in the upstairs apt. in a house. after a year or so the downstairs heighbor moved out and the owner needed someone to take over the yard maintinance,(mowing and etc.) I already had one space in the onsite 2car garage so I made a deal with him to mow,trim,clean up,trim bushes& etc. for exclusive use of the garage. did several paint jobs,engine swaps and so forth in there. I had become friends with a couple of the neighbors so no one bitched about the noise or fumes and all went well.
  13. h2omonkey
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 165

    from vegas

    Time to become a bike guy, they can roll right into a first floor apartment living room!
  14. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,378

    from Michigan

    That's no kiddin'. I lost a nice non-running OT muscle-car that way years ago...towed away. I think the apt. manager scammed me. Protect your shit.
  15. 1953girlracer
    Joined: Dec 27, 2010
    Posts: 85

    from Redlands

    Get a apt. With garage or rent a storage unit and work on it there

    Sent from chick's iPad using TJJ
  16. in the neighbors stall:D
  17. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,493

    from Slow lane

    I usedto live in one and worked in the street w/ an extension cord! :O
    it wasnt a main road of course. I even did a front beam swap on a VW bus, i kept it w/out a front beam laying on 3 whels per side for a week, until the police came and told me if it wasnt all one piece by the next day they would tow it away! i wondered how..
    lucky for me the new beam was ready and only needed montin.
    I also welded and did all kinda shit, my neighbours hated me, but fuck it!
  18. Yes siree I lost my 59 coronet to an ahole just lie that...I hope he chokes on a bag of d!ks.
  19. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,978

    Ned Ludd

    Good answer: I own a house to which I've added an extra garage which is excluded from the lease to my tenant. That's where I keep the Morris and the bits of Model A I've collected.

    True answer: I don't find the time to get to the house, and I don't have the money to do anything there, so it's all theoretical at this stage. I can do design work anywhere :)
  20. i used to park and work on my scoot in the apartment..
    for some reason i kept getting evicted and losing my deposits..
  21. 53 hemi
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 463

    53 hemi

    Ha ha - yeah - i saw that photo over on ChopCult as well.

    I'm in the same situation. When I lived in apartments it was always difficult. I used a garage-tent for three years and that was fine; I ran a power cord out to a fused power strip. hung lights, etc. Worked decent but wasn't very secure. I was in a smaller town, so no problems. When I moved I rented a one bedroom with a garage for double what I was paying before but oh, well.

    Currently I've moved again to a new city where I live on a boat. I've been looking for a workshop space thats affordable for 6 months.

    I'd love to buy a house. Anybody want to lend me the deposit?
  22. Wat_Tyler
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 54

    from right here

    Thirty years ago, I was there. I rented a garage behind a fellow's duplex and my wife at the time and I were pulling down a '48 Ford F1. Nothing like some hammer-work at 9AM on Sunday morning to p*ss off the residents of the duplex. There were limitations, to say the least. What a pain.

    Then we bought a house, and then divorced . . . I walked and let her have it all. I sometimes wonder what became of that truck.
  23. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,493

    from Slow lane

    Ahahah, Cajun, that your place? figgin awesome. w/ a PA and all, i could live and work in a space like that no prblem. serious. Beats the hell out of a haouse w/ a garage all day for me.
  24. Its just an example pic man , Ryan draws the line on passed out neked chicks ...
  25. This was always tough when I was a renter. In one garden apt complex, I had to work out on the street and luckily it never got past doing a starter. One place I lived in (private house) I was in good with the landlord and could use his driveway & electric when I needed it.

    Before that, I went to rent an apartment with a garage (hot damn...) and I was just about to sign the lease when he said, "no working on cars". That killed the deal. I was fortunate that my dad's place was close by and anything involved I did over there.

  26. bob35
    Joined: Aug 26, 2011
    Posts: 75

    from DFW, TX

    It'll probably depend on the apartment complex. I think you'll find that none of them "allow" working on cars, or even non-running cars to be sitting around, but you may be able to get away with it, if the complex managers are OK. It's a crap shoot.

    When I first moved to Texas, I lived in an apartment complex, and did a whole ton of work on a '67 Chevelle I had... including prepping the whole car for paint, redoing the interior, and swapping the engine. I tried to do it as unobtrusive as possible... went around to the side lot to do the engine swap where people hardly ever parked, and tried to cram everything into one-day sessions so that it looked like a whole car sitting there by the end of the day. That wasn't fun. In fact, saying it completely sucked would be an understatement. The complex security guy flipped out when he saw what I was doing (engine swap), and I thought that was the end of it... but then after talking to the complex manager, she didn't care. She said the only way she'd have a problem with it is if I was irritating other residents and/or people complained. The complex didn't have garages to rent, otherwise I would have gone that route... I'm sure it would have made things easier.

    If I had to live in an apartment now, I'd sell my car. I will never go through all that crap again.

  27. bigalturk1
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 369


    My friend lived in an apartment complex and couldn't do anything on his car. He used to take a ride to the closest Auto Zone or Advance Auto and work on his car in the lot. He's done oil changes, water pumps , even a clutch job and brake jobs. He said that if you do go, make sure it's not one in the better neighborhoods. Spending a lot of time traveling, I used to pull into the same places to change oil, w/pumps, radiators, alternators and other stuff on my cars, or motorcycles. Thier usually cool because you bought your parts their...just don't leave a mess!
  28. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,978

    Ned Ludd

    Our building has a couple of garages. We've got one, but it's full of my DD and a lot of stuff in boxes. Our upstairs neighbour is a German and he only spends a month or so over the end of the year in Cape Town. He keeps an old Citroën DS in his garage, gives it a once-over every year when he's here.

    It's a small block of flats, though, too few people for an overly gung-ho body corporate.
  29. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 307


    I have a slightly different angle on the same problem. Besides being in a wheel chair, our home only has a 2 car parking pad...and we have 2 cars. There is a big yard, but it's all the side of a ravine, and on a 30 to 45 degree angle. <sigh>
  30. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    Do what I do, find a good buddy with a shop and a shit load of tools and take up residence :D

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