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A week ago tomorrow I lost my Father-in-law.  It was too sudden and seemed a bit early for an 83 year old who lived a very clean and active life.  It was my 12-year old son’s first loss of a grandparent and he’s taking it hard.  

 

Grandpa Chuck was a nuclear scientist who worked on the Experimental Breeder Reactor, EBR-II, in Idaho in the 1960’s.  Idaho Falls is where my wife was born.  He gathered design data so that full scale reactors could be built and safely operated.  He also worked on things he couldn’t much talk about; but you could coax out a few good stories without much effort.  We all miss him a lot already.

 

I cheered up the boy by stocking that pop machine with a variety of not-so-healthy drinks.

 

I’ve also taken advantage of good weather to get water, sewer, communication, compressed air, and propane lines buried and connected to the shop.  It’s a lot of hard work and even with a backhoe, there’s plenty of shovel work.

 

 

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Sorry to hear about your sons loss of his grand dad, they don't call them grand for nothin!!  of course I've still yet to experience being one :(

 

Really likin that old Coke machine. Thought about one for the BS&S but to be period correct all I'd need would be a barrel of ice, which shouldn't be too hard to do. :D

 

Uhhhh, what's this "backhoe" thing of which you speak. Got a picture of this contraption in action :D

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Next year the Buick National meet is in OK City.........we need to put a tour of this shop on the schedule.

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14 hours ago, JoelsBuicks said:

A week ago tomorrow I lost my Father-in-law.  It was too sudden and seemed a bit early for an 83 year old who lived a very clean and active life.  It was my 12-year old son’s first loss of a grandparent and he’s taking it hard.

 

I second my sympathies MrEarl has expressed to you and your son Sir.

 

My youngest was 13 when we lost my wife's Dad. Being a man of slight stature and of an energetic French heritage well, the loss was sure felt too.

Now some 16 years later we lost my Dad 1 year ago on the 26th of this month. 

The boys were close to him too and the youngest helped Dad repaint his beloved Corvair several years ago in Dad's garage. I wasn't there much while this was being done but can imagine the conversations and sharing that went on...

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I'm sure this won't mean too much right now to your son as it is all too soon but tell him he is not alone and only time will heal his pain and loss.

 

Deepest Sympathies,

Doug 

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14 hours ago, JoelsBuicks said:

Grandpa Chuck was a nuclear scientist who worked on the Experimental Breeder Reactor, EBR-II, in Idaho in the 1960’s.  Idaho Falls is where my wife was born.  He gathered design data so that full scale reactors could be built and safely operated.  He also worked on things he couldn’t much talk about; but you could coax out a few good stories without much effort.  We all miss him a lot already.

 

Our sincere condolences. Sounds like quite a guy! Was he a fan of this hobby?  Maybe your son could build a nice collage of pictures to display in your "lounge"?

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7 hours ago, Barney Eaton said:

Next year the Buick National meet is in OK City.........we need to put a tour of this shop on the schedule.

 

  I second that idea. Even if it is an after tour thing

 

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Thank you all for the very nice thoughts. I love the idea of a picture collage for the rec area.  Grandpa Chuck had little interest in the old car hobby but he took every opportunity to lend a hand if needed.

 

As far as the OKC Nationals go, I would dearly love to open this shop up for a stopover.  I’m about 2 hours east of OKC.  I’ll do some planning as time gets closer.

 

Lamar, you asked about the backhoe and so today I took some pics.  It’s Dad’s, along with the Cat D6.  Those, together with the old dump truck is how I built the pad for the shop.

 

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The old shop on this property is two buildings tied together to make about 2500 sqft.  I want this to be my dedicated woodshop for working on the wooded Buick’s.

 

As far as utilities go, I’m tieing these two buildings together.   Compressed air will be shared although both shops will have its compressor.  When it comes to sandblasting you just can’t seem to get enough air.

 

One of the pics shows a low-point water drain in the air line between shops.  I only use PVC for compressed air if I’m burying the line.  

 

Thanks again!

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s always that pucker moment when you turn the water back on.  In this case, that moment came after adding about 170 ft of line with three faucets and two block valves.   It held. 

 

Final connection on propane line and a phone line are all that’s left before final backfilling.  I wanted to get this all done before mowing season gets here.  I’ve done quite a bit of grading for proper draining.  Dad runs the box blade and smooths it out. Ready for the grass or whatever will grow.

 

I’ve added the farm style hydrants and stub-ups for compressed air.  

 

 

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A rather amazing artifact was found today as I was straightening out the soil after filling in some more of the trenches.

 

This appears to be maybe a horn button from a 60’s or 70’s Buick.  This old homesite was in our family but out of our control from about 1960 to 1980.  There was quite a bit of junk accumulated in the area where I built the new shop.   

 

Edit:  did some research and I believe this is a rally wheel cap for 71, 72 Skylark GS.  Still have no idea how it got there but at least it’s among friends!

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The best thing about my plumbing job is that it will get covered up.   The next best thing is that it will work.  Still, it’s not pretty to look at and this is, for the most part, a result of my poor planning.  This all should have been drawn up long before the concrete came but at the time, I told myself that just getting it all inside a 2x6 wall would be good enough.  

 

I have in the past and in the course of building this shop, avoided showing certain features that just didn’t make the quality grade worthy of sharing.  Although this plumbing job rightfully belongs concealed between plywood and sheet rock, I’ve decided to show it as it represents progress in pursuit of getting these internal rooms finished.

 

Remember that it it started out like this:

 

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And here it is now ?

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Like I said,  it gets covered up.  And here is that wall with plywood.  This room is the mechanics room.  It’s about 19’ wide and 25’ long and will be climate controlled. The three lights just went in yesterday.  

 

Plumbing will service bathroom sink, shower, and toilet; water fountain, hot water heater, and worshin’ machine.

 

 

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Looking good.  My new big shop is a long way from that.  I did get my order of windows in,  but they are just stacked inside,  waiting to be installed.  I've been working on my "small" shop it's 28 by 50 with a 10 foot ceiling.  Progress has been slow,  but steady, having to make special electrical box extenders and fix wiring that wasn't done quite right, mainly in the lighting.  Mostly because I have too much crap in the way.  Since the weather is still bordering on winter with wild temperature fluctuations,  I can't move anything out to the big shop as I don't want it to sweat with the wet warm ups from 20 degree night time temps.  The photos are a few days old,  I'm actually around the corner now and about 5 feet down the side wall.

I am over 1/2 way around with the wainescoting. It took forever just to out the finish on that stuff.  1 coat of stain and 3 coats of varnish on the bottom and 1 coat of whitewash,  then 2 coats of poly on the top.  I'm trying t finish this up before the weather really breaks and I can get outside to fix up the property after the big shop project really left a lot of dirt and rocks where it used to be trees,  and the wife would prefer it look better than a mud field.  I also need to get the grass going to prevent erosion. 

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9 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

I have too much crap in the way.

Where does it all come from?  But someday we might use it and besides it’s too valuable to throw away.  I like what you’ve done with the walls.  That’s a lot of work and it looks very well done.  

 

I’ve been asked a couple times what I’m going to do with all that raw plywood on my walls.  Well, I don’t know.  The artful part of my brain either atrophied in college or was replaced with apathy - not sure which but don’t really care.

 

By the way, you should uncover some of that crap and show us.  I see a lot of interesting stuff there.

 

Thanks again for watching.

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1 hour ago, JoelsBuicks said:

Where does it all come from?  But someday we might use it and besides it’s too valuable to throw away.  

 

I hear you there! :o

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Can't imagine if I had a building the size you guys are building...

 

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Crap breeds by itself at night when we aren't looking. ;)

I actually sell on eBay full time for a living so it's a real curse as well as somewhat of a blessing.  I buy or shall I say used to buy big lots to get a little cream.  I won't tell you how much crap I have culled and actually some good stuff, but it helped get rid of the crap when thrown on the pile and the new caretaker given a really good price on the lot.  I have 2 storage units 10 by 10's full and just hauled a little more over to help clean out a bit.  Someone is coming to buy those this week. It's half what I paid for the stuff,  but I have found better items to market so time to go. 

The problem with us collectors is we tend to collect a little of everything including cars, soda machines,  I even have records and crap like that I just went through and put a huge pile together to get rid of,  though I should get rid of all but enough to fill my couple of jukeboxes (more crap) as I never listen to them with satellite radio or the internet. A bunch of signs,  then a bunch of tools I will probably never use for specific old car applications because they were cheap or free.  Then boxes of hardware,  Carpentry tools, from when I was in business doing that including wood shop tools like a commercial planer and cabinet saw,  though I use my job site saw more than anything else.  I could literally turn this shop into a wood shop and probably have just enough room to set it up properly, but then what do you do with the cars? 

It's only time and money and both never seem to be there at the same time. 

Getting back to the garage,   I only went wit heh chair rail idea,  because the 4000 lineal feet of lumber I got a deal on,  didn't' have enough good boards with even do a solid vertical board all the way around,  by the time you took out all the damaged spots in the lumber and most of it was 16 foot boards.  This is the best I could do.  I still have a lot left over,  though much of it will be cut up for trim and extension jambs.  The few good long boards,  will be used for wainscoted soffits on the new shop. I also ran air lines in all the walls so I could reach just about anything in the shop with a 10 to 15 foot whip.  I hate tripping over air lines run across the floor. 

 

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5 minutes ago, dei said:

Can't imagine if I had a building the size you guys are building...

 

You would have room for one or two more cars,  but that's probably it. 

here is inside my new one already and stuff has to come out to put a floor in,  hopefully this fall. 

Though the pile under the lumber tarp is board and batten siding that will go on the building this summer I hope if the weather ever breaks.  It's all pre stained so I have a jump on that.  

 

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Has anyone here made a shop/garage out of those storage containers?

I found a site that sells nice un-insulated 8 x 40 for just over $2,000.  Looks like they would be an interesting project.

Check out some on Pinterest 

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I currently have two that I use for storing cars and my tractor.  I know of others that do the same thing. Just need to put in some ventilation, spray foam the roof and paint the top of the container white.  Works fine.  Might be a little tight for getting out of the doors of a modern car but no different than getting out of the car in and enclosed car trailer.

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A guy a few towns up did that, and was trying to get me to build mine the same way,  It wouldn't have worked and he fell under agriculture use so it didn't matter as you don't even need building permits.  I wanted clear span as well.  He took I'm not sure how many,  I think atleast 6 for 120 foot long barn,  put one on each side,  left the center area open and spanned it with trusses.   Can make for a huge garage is somewhat short order,  but I wanted a little more residential looking building to go with the house or atleast other out buildings.  

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That’s a little less than the going rate for containers around here, I think it’s about $2800 and that includes delivery for up to 50 miles.  They are popular for use as storage around here.  I’ve heard about using them to support a truss span but haven’t seen one.  

 

 I would love to have one or two just to manage those things that I want to keep but don’t want in my way.  For example, I have at least 7 extra straight 8 motors that take up too much room.  

 

I would probably put them side by side and put them about a foot above the ground with concrete spread footers or piers on the corners.  Would definitely gets some lights in there.  

 

 

 

 

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One advantage appears to be you do not need a concrete floor under them....just some concrete supports or a footing around the perimeter, that saves $$.

Then depending on how far you space them apart, you pour the concrete floor between the two side units.   Someone above talked about the appearance, but there are

lots of ways of making them look like a normal building.  If you wanted it to look really nice, they could be faced with brick or stone.

I also like the fact that the steel is not going to be affected by a small grass fire.

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I did manage to get a bit further on mine in the last few days.  One thing I decided to go for was rolling shelving units.  boy it really makes organizing the garage nice and a lot easier to work on my walls,  by just rolling them loaded to another spot.  Even my large shelves are on wheels now.  You can just see them with the bins on them in the earlier photo I posted.   I've gotten rid of almost all my fixed shelving for the garage.  I also put the rapid air system in and it feels like a small miracle when I actually get to install one on the finished wall.  Even putting outlet covers on seem like small victories,  because you finally realize that spot is finished. 

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The mechanic room is about 19’ x 25’ and will accommodate my largest Buick plus some room for tools,  benches and a sink.  The best thing is that it will be climate controlled.  

 

I’ve all but finished with adding the 1/2” plywood to the walls.  Until now, I’ve not been happy with how my pics show this room.  The plywood helps.

 

Oh that plywood!  What am I going to do with it?  There’s so much of it.  My electrical boxes were installed to allow nothing additional as far as thickness goes.   Does that leave me with either paint or wallpaper?  I’m probably kidding about wallpaper and so it’s paint I suppose.  Maybe some pegboard in places but.....?  

 

Honestly, I don’t like plywood and I don’t like it painted either.  It’s convenient to nail or screw stuff to and that’s why I used it.  I don’t really have a theme going on.  I’m open to ideas but I need to figure it out soon as I’m wanting to hang more lights.

 

 

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