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Projects Budget Workspace - Doing More With Less

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Joe Travers, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. Joe Travers
    Joined: Mar 21, 2021
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    Joe Travers
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    from Louisiana

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    As I was organizing my workspace this morning, I thought of a couple of guys here that inspired me to post this one. I have always had to do more with less but it hasn't curbed my enthusiasm for restoring and driving classic vehicles in my retirement years. This has always been my mantra since I was young. Necessity is the mother of invention. My brother and I built a 327 Chevy race engine back in the 80's out of this toolbox and a torque wrench on his patio.
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    I know you minimalist guys are out there. Let's see what ya got! :cool:

    Joe
     
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  2. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    I’ve the same Craftsmen box!
     
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  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    You have a cement floor to work on, that is way ahead of me at the moment.
    Beats the tar out of having a bunch of shop equipment and no shop to use it in as I have.
     
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  4. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
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    MR48 I feel your pain about equipment with no shop. I did adapt and overcome by getting a 20 foot shipping container and setting some stuff up. I now have a 20x20 2 car garage at home which is nice but it gets tight. I have an enclosed trailer that I store in progress projects in during the summer so I can park my drivers in the garage. I also have equipment scattered around 3 towns at my friends places so o can use it.
     
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  5. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
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    Several years back buying shipping containers at auction, they were pretty cheap, mainly because of the cost to move them. My dad hauled many for friends who’d buy two of them, set them side by side and flat roof between. One of his friend went a bit further with a peaked roof over both, cut out for some windows, welded in iron for window frames, etc. ran electricity for lights, welder etc. had about a Years work invested and made a damned nice inexpensive shop.
     
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  6. Joe Travers
    Joined: Mar 21, 2021
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    Joe Travers
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    from Louisiana

    Only luxury I have at the moment when it doesn't rain. I'll trade you a few sacks of Quikcrete for an impact gun :D

    Joe
     
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  7. Joe Travers
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    Joe Travers
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    from Louisiana

    I was offered one for $1200 several months ago but have to haul in fill to keep it from flooding. Only place I can park it is in a low area behind the house. Did elevate the patio back in April, hoping to use it as a workspace, plenty of room. Only problem is access. Drainage is a big problem down here in the Land of Cotton.

    Joe
     
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  8. HSF
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
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    HSF
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    from Lodi CA

  9. Built my Modified in this space below, minimal enough?

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  10. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    from red oak

    As you can see my shop. It`s full of customer projects. And a few came by to see me(picture from a few years ago)I have to work on my car outside in the gravel. In the heat and cold. Like I`m doing right now. Getting ready for a show next week. I keep my car across town. IMG_20200508_0001.jpg
     
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  11. Joe Travers
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    Joe Travers
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    from Louisiana

    I was thinking about this, this morning. The day under an old Merc with a tranny on my chest lying in the gravel in an ice storm. It was my daily driver and I had to haul my family in it. I'm very thankful for what I have and really can appreciate the cramped spaces. Reminds me of Grandpa Bob's little wooden one-car garage. Barely fit his '55 in there and hand-built all his cabinets from wood. One dim light bulb to work by but he got it done until he turned 90. Here he is in his '17 Touring T just after he came back from WWI.

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    Joe
     
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  12. Reidy
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    I don't have any photos but two tips. Wheels and height. If You can put a single shelf up high to store rarely used stuff it is free space. Put whatever you can on wheels. Yes it takes a bit longer to wheel what you need out of a corner but saves space.

    Steve
     
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  13. jetnow1
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    1. A-D Truckers

    Did the change a transmission thing lying on a gravel driveway in the snow thing 45 years ago. When I moved in with
    my better half I told her I had to build a garage to hold my tools. She loves to tell people that I told her I was building a garage, but not that it was only 60 square feet smaller than the house. It was all I could get past zoning or it would have been larger.
     
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  14. I can relate, here are some photo's of my back yard as a shop.
    I now have an actual "carolina car port" one car garage ( 12 x 22) small, but a god send.
    (pm me if you decide to go that route , the car port that is) . My buddy Sam helping me with the short block. And lastly, the "taj mah-hall". upload_2021-7-18_19-16-53.jpeg upload_2021-7-18_19-15-32.jpeg upload_2021-7-18_19-14-59.jpeg upload_2021-7-18_19-14-24.png upload_2021-7-18_19-14-24.jpeg
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  15. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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    goldmountain

    I have way more space than you guys - however, you have inspired me to get back to work on my car.
     
  16. lostone
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    from kansas

    Back before I bought this house complete with 1800 sq ft shop I had nothing but a partial gravel drive.

    IF it fit thru my patio doors in the kitchen of my last house then my kitchen became my short term work shop. Infact I built 2 engines in that kitchen!

    I'd take my parts into the kitchen, do what ever magic I was going to do, sanding, straightening, rebuilding etc. Then once that part was done it got stored in my 8x10 little metal shed and then on to the next part!

    Yep there were days when I was on the ex's sh*t list but she understood...
     
  17. Joe Travers
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    Man, don't build engines in the kitchen. You won't get supper :eek::D
    Do that in the living room :rolleyes:

    Joe
     
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  18. stanlow69
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    from red oak

    Doing a modification to my car I`ve wanted to do for 20 years. Wait till the week before a big show to start ? Quit at 9:00(Sunday) when it got dark. I spend at least 50 hours a week in my shop as I`m self employed.
     
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  19. Joe Travers
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    Joe Travers
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    from Louisiana

    I'm hoping the young cats are reading this.....rock on brother. :)

    Joe
     
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  20. JimSibley
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    I once did a cam swap, carb, intake and headers on a mustang in a self service car wash in portland oregon . I was young and drag racing was life!
     
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  21. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
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    RidgeRunner
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    from Western MA

    Re: Post #14

    rbrewer,

    I like your chain hanger set up for painting multiple parts. More capacity, heavier duty, quicker and easier to setup/takedown than anything I've come up with yet.

    Tools in the cellar with very limited working space. No garage or barn for over 40 yrs now, anything big, along with painting, I have to do outside.

    Ed
     
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  22. Elcohaulic
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    We had so much more fun building cars in our back yards or in front of the house on the street. I remember putting plywood over top the street because the jacks wheels would get caught in between the Belgium blocks that the street was paved with..
    We would start by sweeping up a spot in the back yard and then putting up a frame out of 2 x 4s then covering it with plastic. Some of the sheds we made were really nice. When the winter came we would put paneling and other material that people would throw away over top the plastic and built a little fire place out of red bricks.. I wish I would of taken photos.. I remember getting a pack of hot dogs at the butcher shop and a loaf of bread at the bakery, with a six pack of 16 ounce bottles of Coke a cola. We got branches from the apple tree that we were eating all its apples all summer and speared the hot dogs and cooked them over the fire. When it was all done and we were eating I remember thinking we have it made. That was all real food, no preservatives and apple branches gave the hotdogs such a good flavor..

    I was working on a real bad ass 63 Pontiac Catalina 2 door hard top, all black with 8 lug wheels. We were putting in a brand new 66 421 tri power that was never used. I got the engine from the local Pontiac dealer for taring the dealerships roof. When the salesman said I could have the new 421 engine tri power and all for taring the roof, I flew up that ladder and had that roof done in three days! I really thought I was the richest kid in the world, maybe I was...

    That Pontiac ran so nice and was so fast. I did have to open the floor hump up to get the Turbo 400 in place of the slim jim.. The guy at the dealership gave me the transmission too, it was out of a demolished 66 Bonneville that was going to the scrapper. They let me strip it out in turn for sweeping and squirting the whole garage floor down over the week end.. Businesses were so different back then..
    They gave me a full set of 63-64 8 lug wheels, drums, center caps, lug nuts and beauty rings for changing out the breakers in the garage panel. When they built the place they didn't use switch grade breakers and the breakers were failing..
    Those 8 lugs looked so nice on that 63! I never should of sold that car. I did get a lot of cash for it though.. Parking it in my home made plastic garage and driving it in the snow and salt was killing it. The guy I sold it too still has it. He had a nice heated garage back then. The first thing he did was put it up in the air and clean all the salt from the undercarriage That's what that car deserved..
     

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  23. Thanks, the chain was actually rigged to hold up a leaning evergreen I liked, after all that work, the tree died anyway.
     

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