Kosage Chavis

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Been a while since I posted a question here, but I have a new question.

 

At some point (hopefully sooner rather than later), I plan on building a detached garage in my backyard.  I plan to complete a total off frame restore on my 55 Century in it.  But here's the issue.  I have kids that play in the backyard all of the time and I don't want to take up too much space back there.  What is the smallest amount of perimeter inside a garage that still allows me to accomplish this type of restore to my car?  Thank you.

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14 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Been a while since I posted a question here, but I have a new question.

 

At some point (hopefully sooner rather than later), I plan on building a detached garage in my backyard.  I plan to complete a total off frame restore on my 55 Century in it.  But here's the issue.  I have kids that play in the backyard all of the time and I don't want to take up too much space back there.  What is the smallest amount of perimeter inside a garage that still allows me to accomplish this type of restore to my car?  Thank you.

You will need the equivalent of a 3 car garage.  One bay for the frame; one bay for the body; one bay for the big loose pieces like seats, dash parts, engine and tranny, fenders, hood, trunk lid....

Put the kids to work on the car and tell them it is fun play time.;)

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On 8/8/2019 at 11:54 AM, old-tank said:

You will need the equivalent of a 3 car garage. 

 

Unfortunately, aside from a slight exaggeration (maybe only 2 1/2 car garage :o) I agree.  As you're already finding out, everything takes up much more space when no longer bolted to the Buick!  All I can offer is to perhaps consider adding a loft to the garage (if not a full 2nd story).  That space could be dedicated storage with as much adjustable shelving as you can muster.  You'll still need ground level storage somewhere for heavy items, though...

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If you are doing a body off listen to old tank. My shop is 32 X 48 X 12 and i was cramped at times. Don,t forget work benches, tool boxes, compresser, bead blaster, shelves, cabinets, drill press, buffer, grinder, etc etc etc all chew up square feet and a lot more than you think because you need to allow room to move around them.  Also the inside measurement is smaller than the outside which most folks refer to. If you can do a 12 ft ceiling do so. .....bob

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bhigdog said:

If you can do a 12 ft ceiling do so.

 

I concur - my 10 foot ceiling is good, but tight with a car on my 4-post lift.  Another 2 feet would be great!

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2 hours ago, EmTee said:

 

I concur - my 10 foot ceiling is good, but tight with a car on my 4-post lift.  Another 2 feet would be great!

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  Never satisfied, are we?:lol:

 

  Ben

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When removing the rear windshield, do you just cut away the old gasket or can you remove without doing so?

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