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1 hour ago, John348 said:

 

The Jag should count as four , double the headaches and two times better looking than  cars.

Just finished mouse damaged wires on the Jag a week ago. Here is the wiring diagram for just the rear portion of the throttle body. Also just finished rewiring my 26 DB. Care to guess which one was fun and which one had some tense moments?

 

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8 hours ago, trimacar said:

A friend of mine and I have a theory, that if you have just one old car, you're a little silly, if you have a hundred old cars, you're daft....but if you have 10 or 12, then that's pretty normal.....of course, we each have 10 or 12!!

Amen, 12......................................

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With a new year I have a new toy box so plenty of room for new toys.  Unfortunately I still need to buy windows, Build or buy a garage door, 4 man doors, Just to close it in.  So it will probably be some time before I can afford to buy anything to put in it.  

As it is,  I'm going to sell my 40 Ford coupe so I can put the floor in with radiant heat,  then I still have to electrify and insulate the whole thing.  It will be atleast another 50G before it can be an actual heated garage.   

 

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I have a heated and cooled garage, wish it was that big!  Only problem, I put in a Mitsubishi split system, works great except when this cold.  It's a heat pump, so it's good for maybe 35 degrees from outside, one way or the other, so at 10 outside I'm only at 45 in the garage, a little too cold for my hands!

 

I'd like to put some other heat, but it's attached to house, so can't use open propane as it would smell up the house.  I definitely will put something in this year, though, for next year.  Otherwise, the split unit is great, and requires very little electricity.

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I have a simple rule: no more cars than garage doors, can take any for a drive by opening a door. This limits me to six cars since have run out of places to add a garage door.

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Projects take up a lot less space than whole cars, I'm trying to get all the parts together and an inventory list made up this year. 

 

Bob 

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9 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Projects take up a lot less space than whole cars, I'm trying to get all the parts together and an inventory list made up this year. 

 

Bob 

Are you sure about that?  Usually there is the project car,  half apart then the other 2 stalls full of spare parts for the restoration.  (half of which should probably just be throw out)

 

 

I also got away for multiple garage doors by building a garage big enough to drive them in one door then turn them and park them down the sides.  

In the North country,  besides cost of doors,  you have a lot of heat loss from each.  Remember the R11 doors rely on a 1/4 inch  vinyl seal. 

 

The other 28x50 clear span garage is insulated but only partly finished and I heated that with 200 gallons of Kerosene for the entire winter at 50.   I should be able to knock it down from there once I finish putting the rest of the 1 inch foam insulation up. 

 

Eventually I was thinking of an outdoor boiler,  wood/coal combo centrally located.  That would heat both garages and the over 3000 square foot house. 

I have alot of wood I clean top on the property every year and there is a robust logging trade in the area. 

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9 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

Projects take up a lot less space than whole cars, I'm trying to get all the parts together and an inventory list made up this year. 

 

Bob 

  

I don't share that idea.  Projects always take at least two spaces for working room and parts piles. They only get down to one space when finished or abandoned.

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I think I have 8 classics now in Iowa and a couple more in CA. I don't have anything newer than 1986, and a 3 car garage. My loose rule is, if I haven't done more than put a tarp on it in 2 years I sell it. 

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2 hours ago, erichill said:

When your spouse threatens to leave over your last car purchase, sell one, and that's the right amount.

  I was not going to comment here about having too many cars. When I hear guys saying they can't handle caring for 5 or 10 cars, I laugh. I am not proud to admit this but I am jammed up, bumper to bumper with stuff that I have not even seen or touched for what seems like centuries. Some stuff was passed down to me, other stuff I picked up as I grew up. As for having an understanding wife, my Queen not only could care less about how many cars I have, she also keeps a lookout for old cars that she knows I would be interested in. At times, she tries to talk me into buying more old cars if the deal is just too good to pass up. She even offers to pay for the cars. Although she was not a car girl when we found each other, she now has about 15 of her own cars. Most of her cars are from before 1930 and my sweetheart is not even 40! She can drive any automobile built. She can get our steam cars fired up by herself. Geez, where was this girl hiding? She can run my 21 Speed Mack Diesel trucks faster than I can and this is no joke. As long as the house and yard are kept nice and clean and the cars are out of sight, she is happy. I do agree with most of you, there comes a time when it gets out of control and you need to start clearing both your garage and the garage in your mind. My restored cars have not been out for some time now due to the fact that they are totally blocked in. To get a car out for a Sunday drive, would take several months worth of work. When I was single, younger and had alot of free time, it was great. This was just a way of life for me growing up. Now, with work, raising little kids and all the other family responsibility that comes to a man in his 40s like myself, there is very little time for the cars. Maybe someday when I reach retirement age, I will dig back in. I do know one thing for sure, I "DO NOT" want to be stuck with this amount of cars when I am 70 or 80. The thought of it scares the crap out of me. Don't turn into me guys. It is an addiction that takes over. I know this and it's not as good as it sounds. I still love the cars, the shows, our fellow collectors and the hobby itself. The passion, excitement and drive does not go away, at least not for me but it can get overwhelming at times.

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Around twenty, AACA qualified, but no AACA group within 800 miles of me, so that doesn't matter. The twenty doesn't count the daily drivers, all of which are over twenty years old. All housed, except the five daily drivers. The drivers hold up pretty well in our temperate climate. Driven regularly, but no more then 4-5K miles a year, they won't wear out in my lifetime. Mary is a car gal, so we both share in the insanity. This didn't happen overnight and it's not going to, significantly, change in the near future. Sold a few lately, but hopefully, only to the right owner. Having had most of my cars for a long time, history and sentimentality, is both a friend and an enemy.

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3 hours ago, RICHELIEUMOTORCAR said:

 

  I was not going to comment here about having too many cars. When I hear guys saying they can't handle caring for 5 or 10 cars, I laugh. I am not proud to admit this but I am jammed up, bumper to bumper with stuff that I have not even seen or touched for what seems like centuries. Some stuff was passed down to me, other stuff I picked up as I grew up. As for having an understanding wife, my Queen not only could care less about how many cars I have, she also keeps a lookout for old cars that she knows I would be interested in. At times, she tries to talk me into buying more old cars if the deal is just too good to pass up. She even offers to pay for the cars. Although she was not a car girl when we found each other, she now has about 15 of her own cars. Most of her cars are from before 1930 and my sweetheart is not even 40! She can drive any automobile built. She can get our steam cars fired up by herself. Geez, where was this girl hiding? She can run my 21 Speed Mack Diesel trucks faster than I can and this is no joke. As long as the house and yard are kept nice and clean and the cars are out of sight, she is happy. I do agree with most of you, there comes a time when it gets out of control and you need to start clearing both your garage and the garage in your mind. My restored cars have not been out for some time now due to the fact that they are totally blocked in. To get a car out for a Sunday drive, would take several months worth of work. When I was single, younger and had alot of free time, it was great. This was just a way of life for me growing up. Now, with work, raising little kids and all the other family responsibility that comes to a man in his 40s like myself, there is very little time for the cars. Maybe someday when I reach retirement age, I will dig back in. I do know one thing for sure, I "DO NOT" want to be stuck with this amount of cars when I am 70 or 80. The thought of it scares the crap out of me. Don't turn into me guys. It is an addiction that takes over. I know this and it's not as good as it sounds. I still love the cars, the shows, our fellow collectors and the hobby itself. The passion, excitement and drive does not go away, at least not for me but it can get overwhelming at times.

Does she have a younger single sister??

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If you 

have a car, or cars, that you didn't drive last year,

you may already have too many.

 

 

Guess its time to sell them all!

 

 

What happened to " just admiring them"?

 

Think of all the money I saved not going to a shrink in my lifetime...................

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I uses to have 3 cars: a '56 Cadillac Sedan de Ville (which I sold at the end of 2016),  a '56 Biarritz and a '57 Eldorado Brougham. Last year, I bought a '72 Coupe de Ville which should arrive during Spring time. I enjoyes last year to have to maintain only 2 cars, therefore, I'm hoping to sell my '57 Brougham...

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