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Hot Rods My new,...Old Hot Rod Shop !!! 1937 Mobil Station

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Dirt Rod
    Joined: Mar 19, 2008
    Posts: 75

    Dirt Rod
    from Mission KS

    Man, that is TOO cool!! You are doing something we all dream about!!

    More pics of the inside of the shop!! Once you get things situated, the photo of you standing there in front must be done!!

  2. rodsnhawgs
    Joined: Oct 4, 2006
    Posts: 214

    from WV

    Yeah baby!! Just got back from a 12-day, 2200 mile motorcycle ride thru the NE mostly on back roads - I eyeballed every old service station, school house, post office, etc with the same idea in mind. Congrats man on a big score. Plus...with the green movement, it's perfect to restore and renovate old stuff rather than build new.
  3. Anyone in to cars or bikes has thought about converting/owning and making a shop out of an old gas station at one time or another. I'm sure there are many here living vicariously in your dream!!

    All the best to you and your new shop!!
  4. racer756
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,393


    Thank you for not giving up on your dream and sharing with us. I could only imagine how hard it was to keep this a secret. Good on you!!

    Are you going to have a business out of it, or just do your "fun" stuff?
  5. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 561


    Very cool! Congradulations!
  6. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Congratulations Harms Way! Fantastic old Servo, look forward to seeing what you do with it.

    *Servo- Aussie slang for Automotive Service/Gas Station.
  7. 40 HP
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 43

    40 HP
    from 90045

  8. Phule
    Joined: Jul 31, 2003
    Posts: 84


    That's cooler than cool! Oh what I wouldn't give..
  9. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 3,000


    Very cool - I love it.
  10. 41 Dave
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,594

    41 Dave

    Man, That is having a dream and then seeing it come true ! Please do keep us infomed as you progress in the restoration. Man congrats to you and your family.

    41 Dave
  11. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,211


    Very, very cool! Did I miss where it is? We have a place near Fife Lake, it'd be fun to make a drive and see your digs. When you're ready for company, that is!

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2009
  12. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,282

    from Missouri

  13. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    Just me being a lawyer, I guess, but I was wondering whether you had a Phase I.

    Very cool, though, I've always wanted one.

  14. Rich1028
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 222


    congrats on your dream shop!!
    looks cool
    keep us updated on what you do .
  15. Insane 1
    Joined: Feb 13, 2005
    Posts: 973

    Insane 1
    from Ennis TX

    A old station is the coolest you can get, congrads, and all the best!
  16. ratster
    Joined: Sep 23, 2001
    Posts: 3,536


    keep posting and yes you were blessed.
  17. Cool! I bought and old repair shop 2 years ago & you would think I'm on house arrest.:D.Best of luck with it.
  18. truckncoupe
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,427


    what can I say that hasn't already been said! Awesome building...very cool!:D
  19. bigchuckstud
    Joined: Sep 29, 2007
    Posts: 87


  20. paco
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,141

    from Atlanta

    Man ....... that is the cats ass. I think anyone deep into cars would dig living in that set up.

    Best of luck with the renno work.

  21. Ian Berky
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 3,644

    Ian Berky

    This is way too cool man! So difficult to put a proper response, JUST ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL and cool. PLEASE post progress pics!! I can't wait!!

  22. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

    Fantastic story! I'm glad you are able to live out your dream. Progress pics definitely needed!
  23. SDFastOne
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 33

    from Pierre,SD

  24. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way


    Your all overwhelming me with the great responses, I will take some more pictures and post them soon, the shop has the original "H" beam single ram hoist that was installed in 1937, the one son that has the signs and the remains of the original pumps also took the hook on "dogs" for the hoist so it would be really hard to use (this is the son that originally brought the law suit), besides the last thing they lifted with it was a large Dozer about 6 years ago,.... its cool but really hard to work on those hoists,.... and after lifting that Cat Dozer I don't trust the leather seals.

    I know I'll get some groans about this, but for safety reasons I think it will come out and it will be replaced with a two post hoist. but this will all take some time as the piggy bank is pretty much bone dry right now,..... As far as re graveling the drive way, I would really like to do this,... but I have other priorities.

    The List,
    1.Update some of the wiring, 2.finish the tuck point work, 3.finish cleaning up then sealing and painting the roll up doors,.... they look rough but are actually really solid and work fine, 4. hang new lights, 5.figure out new heat (I am thinking about a radiant tube heater), 6.pressure wash the inside of the shop area with TSP and repaint (I am thinking a cream top with a maroon wanes coat (sp?) bottom). the list seems endless but I will take it one step at a time while working on the Hot Rods,.....

    Again thanks so much for your congratulations and well wishes, If any of you are ever around the Higgins/Houghton Lake area P.M. me, I would love to have you come by.

    Thanks again, Dennis

    It's kind of cool that this picture was posted,.... one time when I was really tempted to spill the beans, I photoshoped this one by putting the roadster in front of the 2 Pike and slid it into the "Cool picture thread" nobody caught it as phony :D,... so I kept my yap shut,... I felt like I was kind of sharing it without disclosing the entire thing. :eek:

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2009
  25. 31fordV860
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 864


    Stick a Large Red Mobilgas Pegasus on the front like the Pic
  26. Swifster
    Joined: Dec 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,456


    What a nice place. You are a lucky guy.
  27. von zipper
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    von zipper

    Very cool!! may you have many years of enjoyment!! There is a old building in Bensenville Ill that is shuttered and will be lost in the O'hare airport expansion:( If my lottery dream shows up, maybe I will have a great joint like yours!! have fun!!
  28. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,076


    Thats awesome man. It didn't make it as a gas station because it was off the beaten path, but that should be a perfect spot for a rod shop. Good luck with it, and congrats
  29. wallace
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 51


    Man that is awsome And the pursuit of the place is a really good story you should put some kinda timeline and how you came about getting it somewhere in the building
  30. draginsteel
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 462


    Congrats - Keep us updated on your progress.

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