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Folks Of Interest How many of you are true garage builders ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,435


    All of my Hot Rods have been home garage built.
  2. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,545


  3. Built my first hot rod when I was 15 in my parents garage. Built a engine for it, 327 with a old 671 blower. Did I know exactly what I was doing? Hell no! Figured it out. Was the car fast? Hell yea. Have always built my hot rods and engines myself. Keeps me sane. Kind of.
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  4. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,238

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    Ya keeps me sane too, ;)...Except for the Engine noises in my head :oops:
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  5. junkyardgenius
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 815

    from Kernow

    50CFC9E7-4138-4872-8B10-F4FBEA57DD38.jpeg If don,t get done in here it don,t get done.
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  6. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 2,191


    Oh, no I've been found out....sometime I fill up the driveway Bus engine install 012.jpg Bus engine install 013.jpg
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  7. Sculptive Design Co.
    Joined: Jul 23, 2018
    Posts: 77

    Sculptive Design Co.

    I am a garage builder. I'm 30 and finally got my own space. A 19'x19' two car garage. I am thankful just to have a space. Hopefully 2020 I will have a running Model A chassis. 75483287_313455339537492_7866330141987346472_n.jpg
  8. I've been building them in a garage, or driveway, for 50+ years now... see my avatar. A long time ago I learned that I can generally do anything as well as most shops can the hard, expensive way; so have done all my own engines, trans, chassis and suspension; also body work, paint and glass work. Only thing I didn't do was the machine work. Installing the interior on my '40 now which has been quite interesting.

    I had this one professionally painted simply because I didn't have a place to do it anymore... wish I hadn't.
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  9. 48reo
    Joined: Feb 21, 2008
    Posts: 299


    20171015_135746.jpg I have a one car garage but it goes all the way thru so I have a portable carport for all the vehicular surgery
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2019
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  10. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 634

    Rusty Heaps

    I have no garage! Does that make me a True Shade Tree Mechanic?:rolleyes:
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  11. jailbar joe
    Joined: Nov 21, 2014
    Posts: 354

    jailbar joe

    sorry...i paid someone to build my garage
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  12. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,847


    This is the original location of the super famous, yet top secret Flamedabone Color Application Studio.


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  13. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Any more pics of the 55 olds? I like it!:cool:
  14. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 279

    from CA

    My day job is creating computer graphics, VFX for products, commercials and films. I work on vehicles at home for fun :)

    I do just about everything myself, except rebuild transmissions and re-gear axles. I've just never wanted to attempt that before. I've never worked on vehicles that required nice paint, so I haven't crossed that bridge yet. Most of what I've worked on is 4x4 jeeps/willys, and I intend to keep doing everything myself for my 33 Chevy too :)

    I don't really have a garage though, I used to have a 1 car garage, but that's where all my tools and machines were, no where near enough room for a vehicle so I did all my work in the driveway. Now I don't have a garage or a driveway, just a (new!) 2 car covered "carport" on a concrete pad with alley access, and a walled up 1 car garage "big shed" type thing. It's nice to have more space, but I really wish I had a 3 or 4 car garage, closed up. Maybe someday :)

    I also dabble a bit in machining. I have a small lathe, would like a bigger one, and would like a 3 axis mill.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2019
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  15. Here's my Caddy mill before I overhauled it and replaced heads with 57 Caddy ported and polished and pulled the Howards M-4 cam and replaced it with a Crane ultra hi rpm drag cam then replaced crankshaft with a Crankshaft Co. stroker kit with 12.1 pistons then it's shown in my rolling chassis circa 1965 . I removed body and Olds. DSC00269.JPG DSC00270.JPG mill and painted frame .
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2019
  16. grdra1
    Joined: May 20, 2013
    Posts: 309


    I try to do everything myself, if Ive never done it before I will buy the tools required and do my research, usually youtube, books or thehamb and give it a go. Its generally takes a couple of go's to get it right but the knowledge / skills obtained is well worth it. Glen P7040499.JPG P8200620.JPG P9290682.JPG P1011171.JPG P1011302.JPG P1011254.JPG P1010117.JPG
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  17. Mark A Garcia
    Joined: Apr 20, 2018
    Posts: 13

    Mark A Garcia

  18. Mark A Garcia
    Joined: Apr 20, 2018
    Posts: 13

    Mark A Garcia

    I have done all my work in a 1 car carport. I farm out my engine machining, but I assemble them. I narrow my own rears, modify my frames, really like fabricating my own stuff if I can. Last year I finally poured a slab in the back yard but no roof yet. Built lots of muscle car hot rods during my street racing days which want that long ago since I retired last year. Guess you never get over this stuff.

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  19. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    After 41 years this past summer I decided it was time to rebuilt the outside of my Garage. It is an old 1920's truck farm barn that has seen several modifications and additions over the years. Critters were always chewing into the layers of wood siding so I chose a less maintenance approach and used metal siding with some new vinyl and glass block windows this time. Still need to install new upstairs deck railing when the weather breaks. Happy with the results so far.

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  20. camcrusher
    Joined: Aug 11, 2013
    Posts: 164

    from Candor, NY

    IMG_20191016_170257399.jpg I've since pulled the Chevy out and put a running 4 banger in. I have no heat in the shop so winter's are for collecting parts.
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  21. camcrusher
    Joined: Aug 11, 2013
    Posts: 164

    from Candor, NY

  22. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,104


    After I retired from 30 years of being a mechanic for the Govt. I moved to Florida and opened a shop and turned out some cars.
    Sold it all to move to Tn. to do my own thing in a one car garage and 10x20 storage shed.
    Hopefully in the spring I can put up a 2 car garage in the back yard. 2014-08-27 13.32.07-1.jpg 2014-09-11 12.13.49.jpg 2015-03-19 15.59.33.jpg DSCF3536.JPG DSCF3557.JPG
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  23. T. Turtle
    Joined: May 20, 2018
    Posts: 203

    T. Turtle

    Don't have a garage - where I live separate garages are hard to find so when I work I use a friend's place, which means I have to plan ahead. I used to work on other people's cars for living but then went back to study, moved from one country to another and have a full time OT job and time is tight so I do everything in spurts - I take a few days off and do as much as I can. I Do the things I'm good at (bodywork) on my own, get help from friends on those I'm not so good at lol.

    So yes and no:)

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  24. johnold1938
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 401

    from indiana

    journeyman electrician and part time krafter of metal and machine DSC00241.JPG

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    Long before I was a home garage builder, I was a work-in-the-rain-and-snow-behind-the-house builder.
    It was so great to build a garage.
    Now that my garage overflows, I am back to working outside again :)

    If I didn't do all my own work, I couldn't afford to have a cool car at all.
    All the greatest adventures I have had, have come from being too poor to buy my way through.

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2019
  26. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,554


    Garage? That would be nice ....
    Ya ...this time of the year living in NW Oregon along the Columbia River....ya a garage would help...
    But the house does have 5 bedrooms ...and there's a chance that there are some hot rod parts in some ,most , all of them...and I possibly had to slide a dash panel for my Studebaker down the kitchen counter to have room to prepare my dinner last night, and while relaxing in my new overstuffed oversized reclining chair watching a very large flat screen tv....that may have a tunnel ram setup for a sbc. and a few other vintage intakes placed here and there next to it and whats that on the other side ....looks to be a couple of dropped tube axles some vintage aluminum valve covers , disc brake setups oh ya watch out for that M-22 and scatter shield in the hallway ......and ya its a real possiblity that I'm most likely single. IMG_20161113_102738.jpeg IMG_20181026_111241~2.jpeg

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  27. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,991


    I dont build transmissions or sew seat covers. Everything else, Im game, dont have any machining equipment, limited there.
    I have built many garages as well:)
  28. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,619


    image.jpeg Garage??? I wish I had a shade tree.... I'm more of a barn builder using what I can find to put things back together
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  29. 40-50 hour work week, which has an additional 10 hours added on because I coach football & baseball at a local school. I do all my own wrenching, but this is my first car and I just don't have the tools I would need to do much more. I would love to build my own engines, and I'm working towards getting there. Tuning and any welding I have to outsource due to a lack of tools, knowledge, and experience.
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  30. mister Bill
    Joined: Jul 16, 2019
    Posts: 25

    mister Bill

    Built the garage too.
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