The Garage Journal Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:01:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ultimate Machine Shop Organization Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:01:19 +0000

This guy gets me. Seriously…

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Vintage Valve Grinder Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:12:01 +0000

Found object on Craigslist in mint condition! Works swell too!

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Quadsaw Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:01:09 +0000

I’m sure this has been posted, but…

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Weaver Degree Alignment Plates Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:44:16 +0000

I thought you guys would get a kick out of the above… Essentially, they are 1940’s era degree alignment plates made by Weaver. My buddy found them at an abandoned sign shop of all places and they are now hard at work in his hot rod shop.

I love stuff like this.

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01 DIMENSIONING DEVICE Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:06:47 +0000

This is one of those ideas that could really change the workflow of a lot of people. It’s a measuring device that is sort of in the infancy of its development, but already shows amazing potential.

Details here.

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Compressor Enclosure Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:19:18 +0000

I was farting around on the internet the other day and ran into a pretty smart outdoor compressor enclosure that utilizes a smart muffler of sorts.

You can see the details here.

It’s a hell of a lot of work for a cheap pancake compressor, but the idea seems pretty sound to me.

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The Williams’ Garage Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:10:24 +0000

I know, I know… This is EVERYWHERE. But you know what struck me when I saw this? Some dude posts this very same problem in one of like every ten posts in our Free Parking forum… No shit.

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Vintage Craftsman Ratchet Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:53:13 +0000

“Tooling” around on Google and stumbled upon the above ratchet… and fell in love. Anyone know anything about this one? I’m no vintage Craftsman expert at all, but I’ve never seen one with such a grip. Homemade maybe?

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TRiLIGHT Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:18:49 +0000

Pretty great idea…

Details here.

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RideCache Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:29:56 +0000

So this isn’t spam. By that, I mean that I have no stake in RideCache and I’m not getting paid to post this. The man behind the idea, Gary Bixler, is a friend of mine. A few weeks back he took me to lunch and pitched his idea and I found it pretty intriguing. So much so, that I agreed to feature RideCache on The Garage Journal with two purposes in mind:

  1. Introduce you guys to a web app that has the potential to be pretty valuable.
  2. Get some feedback for Gary from you guys on how the app can be improved, if it’s worth a shit, etc…

But, what is RideCache? On the shorts, it’s a web app that allows you to organize and manage the history of your car. You know those guys that keep a really thick binder of their hot rod or custom that features old progress photos, receipts, and other documents that kind of detail the car’s life and times? Well, in a nut shell that is kind of what RideCache does – only it’s digital and the idea is to make the process as simple and as painless as possible. Here’s a quick video that Gary made to illustrate the process:

That car looks familiar right? We featured the historical little roadster on The Jalopy Journal back in 2010 and that feature is actually an entry in the current owner’s RideCache page that you can see here. If you click around a bit and explore the Dale Shaw page, you can get a pretty good idea of just what the app does and how it may help you organize your life. To me, it’s intriguing…

BUT, I’m not all that important. You guys, however, are… What do you fellas think? You can create your own RideCache page for free here. Click around, create a page, detail your car, test it out, and come at us with some feedback. Constructive criticism is encouraged. So are props to Gary – I know he’s worked his ass off on this.

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