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Hambers like me with one car garages?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Bomber, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. The Bomber
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 528

    The Bomber
    from mass.

    Wondering how many Hambers out there are still toughing it out with one car garages and how you work around them.
  2. 53 sparky
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
    Posts: 131

    53 sparky

    I have a 1 car garage. I use my 10x10 shed in the back yard to store parts & body stuff so that it's not too full. I find I REALLY need to keep my tools/crap organized or I can't walk around. I also put my compressor in the shed and ran some copper pipe back to the garage. I put a second regulator and a small 20 gallon tank in line to help with the overall airflow. I also use my driveway a lot. I also used car dollys to push the chassis up against one wall so that I can work on the other side.
  3. oldnuts
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 355

    from nebraska

    I do too. I keep it pretty clean and organized. I use my basement for storage of parts And shop tools I'm not using. It does get cramped and frustrating at times but I make it work.

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  4. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    I'm toughing it out in my driveway and hoping for a car port one day.

  5. Most of us have worked in a small space,,or a lack of space.

    At one time I laid in the grass and worked on the car in the back yard in the rain,snow and the heat.

    I believe it makes you appreciate when you finally get around to building that dream shop. HRP
  6. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    Damn right it does!
  7. pressuredrop
    Joined: Feb 12, 2009
    Posts: 60

    from mesa AZ

    I have a 1 car garage and carport. The garage is for storage and tools, and I'm building my pickup in the carport. I actually prefer this set up over my old 2 car garage
  8. MoparJoel
    Joined: May 21, 2012
    Posts: 860


    My garage back in the States is a one car, hopefully when or "IF" I return from Korea I will get a two car garage when I get stationed in Vegas. For now My garage is a bike rack about 20 feet outside my little Military dorm room, since we are not alowed to Drive in Korea...:(
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  9. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,784

    from Raytown Mo

    There are a few threads like this over at if you wana see more :)
  10. castirondude
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 496


    I have a 30x60 shop with so many tools, engines, benches, cabinets and equipment that I can only fit one car. Does that count? :)

    Seriously though having room for the hobbies was a requirement when home shopping, and finding such a home was a requirement for accepting a job. Life is all about priorities. and you can get creative, maybe rent some space somewhere? Biggest concern with that is theft of course.

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  11. CanUFelix
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 496

    from venice CA

    Ive got a one car garage, no drive, no storage....the roadster fits in there nice and snug with plenty of room to work round it. My 57 Chev and C10 truck were very different stories......still, i aint complaining. There is NO parking available in my town and prior to that car maintenance meant laying in the gutter on the street......

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  12. dragonknucks
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 135


    I've got a one car garage in a "luxury apartment" complex. Some neighbors are cool with me workin on the car, others... Not so much. Doesn't bother me any. I also painted my car in my garage and nobody said anything. It's a tight fit cuz I have a shelving unit for storage, a small work bench, washer and dryer and a full size shop fridge. Could be a whole lot worse I suppose.
  13. Toecutter
    Joined: Mar 14, 2011
    Posts: 70


    One car garage here too. Have a 20 x 25 cement pad behind my house where we do most of the work. Hope to have a car port over it this year. :cool:
  14. acadian_carguy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2008
    Posts: 793


    All I got is a small carport and my driveway. Wish I had more, but I own a great house in a great neigbourhood, so I make due.

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  15. oakmckinley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2012
    Posts: 241


    I have a single stall as well, with the old swing out barn doors.
    In fact I was just reinstalling my rear end on my 64 yesterday and the garage floor was still frozen with runoff from this winter. I have also changed my trans in there!
    Sometimes I look at it and it amazes me what I can get done in there.
  16. I would have stttled for a decent tarp, 14 years in a car park on Military Bases. My 38 Coupe, my 28 A RPU and HG Monaro suffered through a lot.

  17. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,729


    I noticed some of you don't have garages. How do you get insurance? Grundy and Hagerty require a garage.
  18. 210eddiep
    Joined: Feb 8, 2013
    Posts: 103


    Yeah, I did that for awhile, finally built a car port. It's 25x25. I made it out of steel, Cpurlins, 3x3 steel post and snap lock roofing for around 750$. Man talk about a move up. It's great!
  19. 210eddiep
    Joined: Feb 8, 2013
    Posts: 103


    Liability. Just can't get full coverage.
  20. bulletproof1
    Joined: Feb 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,080

    from tulsa okla

    i remove the car doors if working inside the car,,,i also hang stuff like battery chargers on the wall to save floor space.
  21. Molonewolf
    Joined: Jan 22, 2012
    Posts: 195


    I work in a barage, half barn half garage. Gets me out of the weather.
  22. I have a 1 car garage and it forces you to become very creative with storage space. I put my heat/ac unit on the ceiling for example! :D Comfort year round leads to more productivity!
  23. snopeks garage
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 555

    snopeks garage
    from macomb MI

    I have a 1car with a shed behind it to keep my compressor and parts in. also store a lot in my basemet and big stiff under tarps in the driveway. Got my A in the garage now and building the frame in the driveway. If theres a will theres a way.
  24. zpi28
    Joined: Dec 14, 2012
    Posts: 36


    Ive had Statefarm for 16 years and they dont ask about a garage. I have full coverage on my 68 C10, it was only $4 a month more than liability.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,205

    from Ramona CA

    I agree. I went from an apartment parking lot, to using the base hobby shop, to a 1 car garage, to a 2 car plus a 2 car back yard 20 x 22 x 13, to a over size 2 car to a small 2 car and now finally a oversize 3 car. Whilst accumalating more shit!! And cars! If its square and has a garage door I can fill it up!!!
  26. cmarcus
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 953


    One car garage here. I am thankful that at least I have a workbench, stools etc. to work on small projects, but with a thousand foot Cadillac, there is not room to do much more than pop the hood :) I'll deal with it - I am just thankful to have a space to keep it stored, and a wife who tolerates it!!

  27. You guy's get a hobby shop provided on base over there in the US?
    Man we just did it in the barracks parking lot, you know how hard it is to justify to the MP's why you not only have a rusty old POS vintage looking car but why you also have another car (Donor car) in a million bits next to it messing up their pretty base?

  28. nxcess
    Joined: Mar 30, 2013
    Posts: 109

    from Mesa, AZ

    Lots of good ideas posted. However if you had a multi-car garage like aI have you would soon fill it up and need more space!
  29. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,611


    Carport and driveway here.....yeah it's a pain in the ass but it's all about..."how bad do ya want it"..:D

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