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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. RoryShock
    Joined: May 5, 2010
    Posts: 75

    from Western TN

    Previously in NY I had a one-car garage, but it was too small for my truck. And between my motorcycle hobby and the need to store my wife's MGB in the winter, the garage was little more than a place to house my tools and all my real work was done in the driveway.

    Moving to TN, one of the things on the wish-list was a bigger garage/workshop/barn for me. Sadly I didn't get any of those, but there's enough land to build on and I have my spot picked out. Hopefully I'll break ground a little later this spring.
  2. sophisto79
    Joined: Apr 21, 2010
    Posts: 189


    I had a one car garage in sunny San Francisco's Sunset District. Had to deal with my roommate's motorcycle, a dozen bikes, parts, and other assorted junk and it was really messy. But did some work on the T there and it was fun. Salt air ate up my poor daily as she got parked out front of the garage.

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  3. blktie
    Joined: Aug 26, 2007
    Posts: 318


    I have a two car attached with the wife's car in one stall and my 54 Pontiac in the other. I've had coupes and roadsters in the past so there was always plenty of room to walk around, however the 54 Pontiac is a real land barge so I had to move all my tools and half my shelves to the basement. My company demo sits on the driveway. Working on anything in my garage is a challenge, especially in winter.
  4. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


    I actually have a two car garage but my wife insists on parking her Prius in the garage. Fortunately, I have concreted RV parking behind gates next to the house. I work on my cars there.
  5. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,585

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    Knew of a guy in Dayton,OH, near but not IN Oakwood, who did complete restorations in a one car which was part of the house-a house that was built in the '30s when cars & garages weren't as big a now. Worst problem is he had to do all of his work behind closed doors because of local covenants/zoning restrictions. In that neighborhood, you weren't even allowed to change your oil in the driveway.

    But BTW, just hope most you don't have to wait till you're "over the hill" like me before you have your dream shop.
  6. carmuts
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 874


    Shop is only 14' 6" X 32' so tight at best. Old shop was half that size and had a dirt floor, so better than what I started with. I did this 6 years ago, but with all that has happened in the last 6 years I have hardly had the time to enjoy it. Rod

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  7. I built my roadster in a one car garage, 16 X 26. You work with what you have. I'm lucky because the garage is attached to the house under the bedrooms which gives me heat and AC so I was able to work all winter and in the heat of summer and be comfortable. When I built my 40 Chev P.U. I did that in a 15 X 22 garage at our old house, with no heat or electric, I had to run an extension cord out to get power so what I have now seems like heaven. It's nice to have a small search area when you lose something to.:D Kudos to you guys who are working in driveways and carports, I couldn't do that. My hat is off to you.

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  8. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    Having a garage at all sounds like decadent luxury to me. I wrench outside when the weather is nice, which is a about 1 day per year where I live.
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,584


    In my case the value of the truck has to get back up to where it's worth insuring.

    I live in the middle of a 70 acre hay field and have a clear field of fire and a dog that will keep most guys in their car with the windows rolled up so I don't worry about the sticky finger boys too much. Something better than the 70+ year old garage I have now is on the drawing boards though.
  10. KenCrete
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 157

    from Milwaukee

    Yup, not even a 1-1/2 car. Got alot of crap up in the rafters and in my basement. Have to do most of the work outside on the parking slab.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  11. thedrick
    Joined: Jun 29, 2012
    Posts: 10

    from latrobe pa

    put the car on rolling dollies . in the summer i set up a giant harbor freight tent to work on it
  12. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    This makes me glad I have my attached two car garage. It barely fits my galaxie and my wife's daily along with my shelves and fridge and tools, but I have a 8x16 and 16x16 sheds on the property, along with a greenhouse for all the lawn stuff, so it's not cluttered. It helps that the 16x16 has electricity and a loft too.

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  13. 64falconsix
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 128

    from Daphne Al.

    After having a attached 2 car garage for 13 years I just moved in september of last year to a place with an unattached 1 car garage. definatly a big change and you have to keep it organized to be able to move around in there.
  14. spaner
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 48

    from australia

    i have a 34 x 63 ft garage also a double iwork in the drive way the bigger the shed more junk you store. yes and no organised areas.
  15. KIRK
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 384


    It is something you just get used to. I built my car in a one car garage and it really was not so bad. Just have to keep things picked up and learn to work with your back close the wall. I have had the same car and the garage for almost 30 years and don't plan on any changes.
  16. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    i have a friend with a 200mph tube frame drag car he built in a one car carport---i have a 40x40 shop and a 28x32 shop , and a 24x12 carport and can't finish anything...
  17. Brady
    Joined: Oct 12, 2009
    Posts: 74


    Im working in a 1 car garage. Currently have a 61 Lincoln in there have about a foot between the back of the car and my work bench and two feet between the front of the car and the door.

    Put all your stuff on wheels and store anything you can from the ceiling. I second the suggestion about checking out the garage journal. Check out the 12 gauge garage over there for some cool ideas.
  18. 59Apachegail
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,382

    from New York

    My garage is pretty small. I clear the entrance with inches on each side and I just make height. Once I get past the entrance I have about a foot all around. I mostly use the bed for storage and a work bench. I park close to one side to have enough work space on the other. I got used to it and it keeps me neat and organized. It helps that I have a lot of ground clearance a room under the hood.

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