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  1. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    Garages and bank accounts have a good relationship though, Kind of like a man and wife. The garage will continue to empty your bank account and always need something more. You can probably connect the dots from there.
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    Base Coat / Clear Coat

    My thoughts are if you are going with any metallic, you really need to go base clear so you can buff out the final coat , especially if doing it yourself (because we are all bound to get something in the paint especially when doing it at home) as with single stage you get blotching when you try to cut and buff it to any real degree. With solid colors though I have liked acrylic enamel as it is much like lacquer for cutting and buffing. Easy to see when you are getting thin as well, where with clear you are just through. I buy alot of cars with bad paint that I make look good without repainting. People don't realize how much that final cutting and buffing step gets rid of alot of the sins (fish eyes, runs, dirt, sleeve drags, orange peel so bad it looks like the cement floor, etc.) in the paint and even the body work if they are fairly minor. As for durability most of us aren't leaving our cars out in the elements for any period of time so paint failure from UV shouldn't be much of a consideration.
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    NC pole barn

    It was alot of work but they ended up pouring my foundation lower than I wanted so I had to dig down the front pad area a foot. I have nothing but rock and nard pan so it rough digging. I even hit one rock too big for my machine and called in a friend that I had dig a bigger hole and bury it with his machine. I shot it with a laser I bought on clearance (boy that was a smart move) and got it graded with a few inches of slope away from the building and it drains great No matter how much it rains it dries up fast and no water ever gets in the building winter or summer. That's without the floor, so with the floor which will be another 7 inches higher finished I should never have a problem. It was one of the reasons I designed mine with all openings on the gable ends so the drip from the eaves and ice build up won't affect them. I also opted for 2 foot overhangs to keep the water away. All things to consider when building. I started my thread as nothing more than food for thought with anyone looking to build. How flat is the area you are looking to build in? post a photo of the site.
  4. auburnseeker

    NC pole barn

    10 truck loads of gravel (big ones ) and you should be good to go. I ended up putting down almost $5000. in gravel so I would have a good driveway approach, drainage and for now a gravel floor inside (to get away with a quicker and cheaper CO) Eventually I'll sell one of the kids and have enough money to pay for a floor. It's suppose to be Highs of 5. with lows of -15 this weekend with 2 feet of snow. so everything is froze solid as a rock. We won't be able to dig in the ground until some time the end of May probably. My heater went out for my other garage and I bought a rebuilt one to replace it, so I can take the original apart and rebuild it myself so I know how they work as few guys around here repair that type. Sucks to have no heat with overnight lows so far of 0 and day time highs barely hitting 20. The new garage got up to 15 today. I build a fire outside with the scraps in a burn pit so I have a place to warm my hands when they freeze up and stop working. Hopefully it dries out for you sooner rather than later. Is there any way to ditch to get the area to drain some? I know just getting the new rain water away as quick as possible will help it from penetrating that area thus letting it dry out. We have sand and a ton of rocks so drainage is actually pretty good here with really no clay.
  5. auburnseeker

    Field Find, what is it?

    It's a 28 or 29 Model A 2 door sedan. Probably worth more to a hot/ rat rodder than a restorer. Some people would buy it for a lawn ornament as well. I think 500 to 1000 is probably what it's worth off that one photo.
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    wtd model A ford Vicki-original and roadster as well

    Too bad you weren't first in line and got it before him. Tell him that's a standing offer until you find something else but you and your "friends " are really beating the bushes for something. You never know when that phone may ring. I know even cars I have sold had a firm price that at some point even got reduced as time went on and other shiny things on a string were dangled in front of me.
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    1932 Ford Model B Pickup - $15,500

    Nice looking B truck. Boy if I wasn't carred up and cashed out I would have to give it a closer look especially now that I seem to really enjoy having old trucks almost more than cars. Looks like a fun new toy for someone. Good luck with your sale.
  8. Well they say there is a sucker born every day. Maybe your numbers just came in. Today the same car may not sell for more than the worth of a few parts. Right place right time. I've had a similar experience, but don't count on it happening, think of it as a blessing when it does. I do know one thing i have seen lately with the rat rod craze is the project car prices have really come down, where before any rusted out model a Coupe shell dragged out of the woods would be sold for 5G, now I have seen some actually pretty decent bodies with minimal rust sitting on the market at 3 grand. I think those guys are starting to realize that alot of those rat rods when they decide to really build them right aren't as cheap to build because all those junk yard parts really need to be rebuilt to make a reliable safe car. Many guys also have realized that their creations aren't as easy to sell and they lose money just like restorers when they go to sell them. Sure some of them look cool, but find one of those guys that think looks cool, equivilates to parting with 10 to 20 grand and that's a whole lot different.
  9. auburnseeker

    What is your preferred degreasing technique?

    For cleaning the firewall If you don't want to harm the paint, I have used charcoal lighter fluid. I used it on the inner fenders of my 36 Chrysler that had about 1/4 inch of caked on grease over the original paint and when done, cleared it to protect the original paint. I didn't get one fish eye in any of the clean coat. I couldn't believe it. I have used it for degreasing several things since and it works excellent. I often know use that before painting anything instead of prepsol. Plus it's a couple of dollars a quart at the dollar store. Then just throw the rags (I use paper towels) in the barbecue and torch them off. It's nice as well as it has a slow rate of evaporation. I've also used WD40 to clean off thick gooey grease, then used the lighter fluid to degrease the residue for painting. On parts with no paint left. I use a wire wheel on a drill to scale the worst off, then the lighter fluid.
  10. You may want to post a link to one of your auctions to make it easier for members to find. They can then search your other ones from that by seeing seller's other items. Good luck.
  11. auburnseeker

    wtd model A ford Vicki-original and roadster as well

    Well here is an A400 that fits the bill but priced accordingly. 1931 Model A Convertible Sedan also known as A400 or 400A. This is one of the rarest and most sought after Model A ford models. Named after 1930's high society 400 club, the A400 was Fords attempt to capturing some of the high end market. It is debatable how successful this attempt was, but it is not debatable that the A400 holds that position now amoung Model A owners. This example is an un-restored "barn find" that has not been on the road for over forty years. No attempt has been made to start the car or make it road worthy. This has the potential to be driven as is, an example of what a eighty eight year old car would look like; or restore it to the highest level. Not often found in this condition, it is an opportunity to purchase at the low price of $22,500.
  12. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    So in the case of a guy with maybe 200G or so in cars stored in the building does the car insurance company really look as much at this aspect or is it more of a concern for your home owners insurance? I can see the car insurance company being concerned on larger collections worth 500G to several million where they probably also require fire supression among other things.
  13. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    I've wondered about this before. If you have a forest fire even a metal building will burn if conditions are right. If a car catches fire inside, the building is toast again, so unless it's a concrete bunker it isn't going to make alot of difference.
  14. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    If you don't insulate the roof either metal roofs can be deafening in a rain or worst yet hail storm. Also watch for dams created by falling sliding snow where the water then enters back into the building. Likewise sliding snow into your garage door way is a nightmare as well. Especially if you aren't there to clean it away during those warm wet days that freeze up overnight. Your garage door may even get froze shut.
  15. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    That's the part alot of people skip unless they have a really nice house. Alot more cheap looking, unattractive ones out there than good looking ones. At 45 I also had to think will this last and still be good in 40 more years if I make it that long? I don't want to be the guy at 65 to 70 looking at rotted off posts and other issues that can happen. Sometimes even the best pressure treated rots off faster than expected. I've built alot of docks and decks. all the railings on our 20 year old deck are shot, spindles rotted off and everything, Uprights for the railings are like new. Some boards are really bad on the deck and others look like they were put down last year. Not a big deal on a deck, a huge deal to change on your finished building.
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    Wanted. 1941 or 42 Chrysler/Dodge /Desoto Business Coupe

    No glass, sitting outside for a while from the looks of it at some point. I'm betting the interior is junk , maybe even the springs, I would guess the engine isn't much better but I could be wrong. You will want to make sure they have the 1/4 trim and I'm guessing rocker moldings may be unique. It's going to take alot of money to make that one even decent. it would probably be cheaper to redo the customized one that was on ebay.
  17. auburnseeker

    Model A value

    You will want to post some pictures if possible, That will give us a better idea of condition and originality. Unfortunately not running and even seized is going to put a pretty good dent in the selling price but there is still a market for it.
  18. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    That helps. Do you know of any collectors/ car guys in that area? It might be worth putting the word out to them as they know all the old collectors that might be looking to downsize or move to assisted living where the family hasn't quite gotten to the what do we do with the house yet as often the family has spread to the wind so you won't even see those relatives until they come up to "clean out". You can also help avoid the realtor fees in some cases. Usually making both the seller and buyer happier. See I knew I posted my thread to show it isn't all a quick cheap process to get a building built, especially on a budget if you can't just pick out one of the pre packaged deals. Dave S might be on to something unless there is a particular reason you were thinking Wisconsin. Those taxes are a killer. Ours aren't a whole lot better. We are just south of 9G with the new building but they will probably creep up a bit more just with finishing the building off on the outside. I can't complain though as we are in a high revenue area from resorts and sales tax revenue. Next town over guys with a 1/4 of what I have are paying as much. If we were a mile or so further south our taxes would be really reasonable as that's a different school tax zone as well. I wish the wife had wanted to move further south. Sucks to throw away enough money that you could buy a new truck every 5 or 6 years and just give it away when you were done.
  19. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    Concrete trucks need a 14 foot door. The trucks average 12 foot 3 inches to the top according to online specs. A friend just went through this. They couldn't get the truck in his 12 foot door. The reason I just opened my opening back up on mine and went with a 14 foot door.
  20. auburnseeker

    1938 Packard 120 convertible

    Looks legit to me. They are using Dad's old 1970's photos, so the car isn't any better than what it was then and probably worse. 25G doesn't seem like a screaming bargain either (one of the tell tale signs of the scams) Seems about the right price they hope to get for a car that needs a bunch of work. What does one of these sell for in pretty good shape (local show car that might win a trophy or two with good paint and interior?) I'm guessing 50G at the most. So this car needs 30 to 40 to get it there. Seems about right.
  21. auburnseeker

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    It's probably cheaper and of course easier to buy something already up than to build for starters. Though it may not be what you really want but will make do. Not sure if you are looking for a property with a house and the whole 9 yards or just a property with a garage. Finding something that really fits the bill gets tricky especially if the wife wants a nice house. There are pros and cons to all types of construction. Assuming you are sticking in the Northern part of the country I would look at drainage and how snow fall/ melt will affect any of the buildings you look at. Infloor heat is really nice in the North country. Not sure of your area or budget, taste in architecture Etc. so that may affect alot of things. Going rural should help keep the price down. With anything you want to watch the foundations, poles on pole barns etc. Many big buildings were built on the cheap and may not have the greatest foundations. Pouring a floor shouldn't be a huge deal in a building that is up but costs may change depending on the difficulty of pouring and if you decide to go with heat in the floor. I have a quote for a 6 inch with steel reinforcement for a 60 by 72 foot garage and that's $20,000 for just the concrete work without any of the infloor heat which I will install myself before the pour. We aren't far from the concrete plant though so the further or more rural the more expensive in trucking fees. There is quite a bit of discussion about this on my garage build thread toward the beginning. Pros and cons of steel and wood etc. Here is a link to my thread. If you have an idea of where you want to live there are alot of ways to search to find stuff not really picked up on normal listings. I started with a few realtors looking but they were far from serious and just pitched a few definite no's my way that didn't even really match the criteria I gave them and I was very open to options. I searched craigslist for sale by owner, even went over my budget a bit figuring there was probably negotiation room, of course even checked the stuff and found lots of options never even pitched by the realtors. We also decided that what we really needed was an oversized garage for starters with room to build and a good house with land to build a bigger shop. I mentioned it to several people and actually bought it from a friend's brother who was thinking about selling the place but never got around to getting it ready to list. It was up a driveway that totally concealed the house and the existing garage so you would have never known what was up here. it's good to get the word out as you might get lucky just as we did. Let us know the other criteria including size of the building you would like and maybe even an area. Some of us love searching around to see what's for sale and passing along the deals. For ideas, if you build, you can view my thread for prices of what everything cost and time frame for that size building, which I'm pretty sure you could use to get a rough price as it pertains to the square footage you might be looking for. Good luck.
  22. I've been meaning for some time to get a continuous thread going dedicated to my shop build and likewise the finishing off of the garage shell already on the property. My goal here is to kind of give anyone contemplating a similar project a step by step build with time frame and costs of each step as well as what was involved to get to that stage. For some time after buying an old run down diesel repair garage to work on my cars in and run my business out of up town, I realized that I would really like to find a property that would contain both my residence and my shop. Having moved to a small town lot , roughly a 1/4 acre that my wife bought right after we met I realized we would need more space to accomplish this task. Our growing family also required something a little bigger than our 1200 (that's stretching it) square foot house. So after a lot of discussion and actually a couple of years of searching for a larger property with a garage that would suffice, we decided that if we could find something that we could build one on that would work. It also meant the house had to be decent as well, as I wouldn't have time to build a shop and repair an old run down house. This meant the budget would have to be increased and even pushed to the limit, including reaching a little past a comfort zone in what we were looking for price wise. Though I told my wife trust me, she still had me show her on paper what our budget cap could really be. Like most of my cars though, it always meant so much more for so little extra that it just made sense. I did require it to have some kind of even slightly oversized garage already needed to exist on the property as I needed a place to put the cars from my shop and existing house which had an oversized garage so we could sell those. Fortunately after much searching, while having a casual conversation with a friend and mentioning my woes, he told me his Brother was thinking of selling his house and he believed the price range was right at the upper limit. We looked at it in the dead of winter and had too wade through the snow to even get to it as it has a 600 foot driveway and there was no way to see it from the road. (it was heated but he wasn't using it to live in anymore as he had, like me, moved to be with his wife. Coming from the little house we were in which needed some work, but the wife and I couldn't agree on the direction to go, she loved it and I saw the potential for where a shop could go as well as the existing garage would suffice nicely to be able to store my cars so we could sell the house in town. Then eventually the shop. I needed to come up with a pretty good down payment but the owner was willing to hold paper as his brother had many dealings with me and gave him his nod of approval, so I decided to cull my collection to make it happen. A decision I had discussed with my wife well in advance if the right place came along. It took 6 Months but a few cars down and we had our down payment, then another 3 to 4 for the seller's Lawyer to get their end in order. Our's was exceptional and on top of everything the whole time. Now we finally had what I deemed to be a place well worth the effort to make it just what we wanted. (our dream home). With room of course for the dream shop. The house in town was originally only to be a 5 year plan house then upgrade and again upgrade later in another 5. We stayed at it for 10 but then skipped the in between step and ended up in 10 years with same result, so it worked out. It took a couple of years to finally sell off the shop, after really dropping the price and like wise almost as long to sell our small house in town. Though I didn't lose any money on the shop, because of many improvements on the house in town we came out ahead on that. Which even after having both listed with realtors, sold it our selves. I also decided it would be necessary to sell the house I bought before I met my wife after realizing we were never going to use it again. (it's more like a vacation cottage in a small tourist town). This really worked out like a savings account for me, requiring me to put money away every month which I would have just wasted on cars otherwise. This with the left over funds from the sale of the shop after paying off the mortgages would give me 100G to build the new shop.
  23. Seems one sold recently at The fall Auburn meet. Must not have been any Buick guys in the crowd. This is what one looks like all done up if anyone can't quite see what you could restore it back to. 1930 Buick Marquette Roadster Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee. RM | Auctions - AUBURN FALL 2018
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    The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

    I'm torn on whether I will add a porch type deal at some point to that side as it limits getting a tractor or lift down that side for maintenance. I had at one point thought though I could put a shed roof, maybe off the back as it's about 10 foot wide to the bank which would put stuff completely out of sight. Though at this size, I better not "fill it". the idea is to get something, play with it then sell it to get the next. I do plan on some kind of partial loft at some point inside for storage. I also have the 28 by 50 with the loft and the 8 by 30 foot shed. The wife might put the cabosh on any more buildings. I'll probably sell the lift when I'm done with the outside and get a smaller one or a 4 wheel drive scissor lift to replace it. I did actually prefinish all the board and batten figuring the shrinkage would expose seems if I didn't. It was easier to stain flat as well than vertical. The wood is now atleast 3 years dry with one being stickered in my garage so I'm hoping shrinkage from here on our will be minimal. We'll see. Always looks good on paper. Real life proves different.
  25. auburnseeker

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    If it wasn't for family in the area, It would have been an easy decision to move I think. If we hadn't found the set up we did, I might have looked further south and just made the plunge. I ask myself every day in the winter, exactly why did we decide to stay here and deal with 1/2 the year I hate. Rust, freezing cold, can't use our old cars, High taxes(enough so, you could buy a new truck with the savings in another state). I better stop thinking there or I will be calling the realtor.