The Garage Journal Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:10:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Ingersoll Rand W5132 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:50:44 +0000

So a couple of months ago Ingersoll Rand sent me what was then a top secret – their new W5132 compact impact wrench. Essentially, it’s a surprisingly small (6.5″ long on the business end) and light weight (5.1 pounds) 3/8″ impact wrench that makes an astronomical 365 foot-pounds of torque. I know, that’s just a number… But, this thing makes serious power. In fact, more than once a lot of us here in the shop wondered if maybe that’s too much power for a 3/8″ drive. For those that do, Ingersoll also offers the same size and weight unit in an even more powerful 1/2″ drive – it’s called the W5152.

In any case, Ingersoll Rand gave us the heads up on the 3/8″ model as they wanted us to put it through its paces in a working professional shop environment and then give our opinion afterwards. That’s exactly what we did. We put the unit in rotation in May… It’s now September and I can say without a hint of hesitation that we beat the hell out of this thing. In fact, its first job was the task of removing all of the hardware from a rusty 70-year-old Ford chassis. There was plenty of power to rip the heads off old bolts before they stripped… and that was actually really damned handy. And the small size of the wrench made it easy to get into crossmembers and other tight spaces. The W5132 really did an admiral job.

To prove that, I went out into the shop and asked both Keith and Ben and to give me a sentence or two before I wrote this review. Here’s what I got back:

Keith: I like it. It’s small, it’s light, and the battery does pretty well. Probably the biggest thing is that it doesn’t hammer you to death. It’s actually really smooth for an impact.

Ben: Crazy power. Too much power for a 3/8″ drive… and who has 3/8″ impact sockets? I don’t. I’d prefer the 1/2″ model. But my favorite feature of this thing is the ridiculously bright LED work light up front. It’s great when you are under a car, but even better when you want to blind your co-workers.

There ya have it. I wasn’t paid for this review, but we were given the unit for testing. Even so, I wouldn’t hesitate to rip a product if I thought it had it coming. The W5132 is pretty damned solid though. And really, it’s a first in the segment. I don’t know of a unit even close to this size or weight with anywhere near the power the W5132 makes. The only real question is, who needs this much power in a 3/8″ drive? Like Ben, I’d recommend the 1/2″.

Get yours here for about $250.

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Vintage Shop Scenes Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:11:30 +0000

I have no idea where and when these shots were taken. I stole them off a thread on… But wow… These are what dreams are made of.

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A Canary In The Shop Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:47:25 +0000 canary

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how I felt like the home security industry was lagging to adopt modern technology. Afterwards, a few guys mentioned the Canary All-In-One. It sounded interesting, so I bought one.

Now, I’ve been over my security system before. I have your typical old school wireless unit with sensors for every opening, plus motion and sound sensors as well as a few other nameless tricks. The whole thing is also monitored. BUT, what I don’t have is something that alerts me instantly to any activity in the shop. For instance, if one of these sensors is tripped the monitoring service is notified and they call me. If they don’t get an answer, they call the police. Pretty standard stuff.

What I’ve learned about the Canary is that it’s not really an active security device at all. Instead, it’s more of a passive monitoring system. Here’s how it works…

The Canary, at it’s core, is just a camera with a motion sensor. That’s it. When it sees motion, it starts recording and saves the video into the cloud. The power of the unit really comes from it’s configurable modes: home, sleep, and away. Through these modes, you can setup an almost infinite numbers of scenarios. Just to give you an idea of how it all works though, I’ll go over my settings.

Sleep Mode. I have the sleep mode completely turned off. This unit is in my shop, so I want it active all of the time.

Home Mode. When in home mode, I have it record when it sees motion, but not notify me. I do this because it it actually kind of helpful to be able to play back some of your work day if you need too. For instance, I lost my 7/16 wrench… AGAIN. I can go back through the footage (to a point) and see where I put it earlier in the morning. That’s handy…

Away Mode. This is where the magic happens. I have the Canary set to record and notify my iPhone if it sees motion. When I get a notification, I can open the Canary app on my phone and watch live feeds of exactly what’s going on. On top of that, there are two buttons laid over the video – one to engage a surprisingly loud alarm and another to call 911. Video quality is bordering on good and very good.

So, at this point you are probably wondering how you engage each of these modes. It’s actually quite brilliant. You can do it manually through your phone, but I prefer to do it autonomously. See, the Canary knows when my phone is “home” or not because both are on my wifi network. Given that, if my phone is in the shop the mode automatically sets to “home.” However, if I leave the Canary senses that the phone is no longer in the area and automatically sets itself to “away.” It’s quite senseless and so far, very reliable.

At the end of the day, this unit is far from a full on security system… But it is just another layer to an existing security system that is actually quite useful – if only for piece of mind. You can pick one up for about $160 here. That being said, you might want to wait a couple of months. Everything I’ve read says they are bringing out a new model soon.

My conclusion? I dig this thing and while it is a bit of an unnecessary toy, it is one that I find to be quite useful in my shop. Here’s a quick and really dirty video showing my setup:

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Floor Lift Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19:08:53 +0000 lift

Now, that’s something you don’t see everyday…

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A Bungalow Garage Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:33:19 +0000

Probably my favorite build on the Garage Journal in the past year is this really detailed bungalow located in California. If you haven’t followed this one, stop what you are doing right now and CHECK THIS OUT.

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Wyley & Gene’s Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:42:17 +0000

Was doing some antique shopping and ran across the above print. That, my friends, is my kind of building. And those doors… Lust.

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