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Old 01-29-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default An underground garage... On the French Riviera.

Hello folks,

First thing, as you may have guessed, english ain't my mother language, so please forgive the mistakes I will definitely make.

I have discovered this forum through Jack Olsen's 12 Gauge Garage, and since then spent countless hours browsing the unbelievable threads. And it's 3AM when I'm posting this!
I'm almost ashamed to show you my garage, some of you have built workshops nothing short from work of art...
The thing is, I live in Antibes, a small town on the French Riviera, more or less half way between Cannes and Monaco. Nice place to live, but land is very, very expensive... So much for a large garage, you have to do with what you can afford. :-(

So for the last 20 years or so, this is the place where I've been working on my classics :



Small garage underground below a 1970's building. The stuff of dreams, right?

And it needed some TLC, to say the least!
So last year, I finally decided to do something about it, and here's the result :








It's not bigger, but it's waaaaaaaaay more enjoyable to work in!
Since then, I've have the opportunity to rent the garage right next to mine, so I finally can get some highly needed space!

Recent additions have been a homemade sandblasting cabinet :


And a metal lathe I've restored :



Details and plans are available on my blog here : http://shamwerks.com/atelier_eng.php
As I warned you earlier, this is a really small garage, it has nothing to do with the gorgeous places I've seen here... But hey, it's mine, and I still kinda like it!

Thanks to all of you I now have a lot of ideas to enhance my garage! Thanks guys!

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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WOW, I love the way you have left the original rock walls. I wish I could have left the rock face in my underground area.

Nothing to be ashamed of there.
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Thats a great space . Keep it going . Lets see some of your finished projects .
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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That's very cool ! I really like that..great job..
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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You utilized you space quite well. And the fresh paint really brighten up the place. Love that you kept the stone wall instead of covering up with sheet rock or something else. Really gives it a nice look.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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Looking forward to the thread on the boat!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #7
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Great Garage! Now we need pics of the French Riviera!!

I Didnt know they used "ain't" in France! lol...

Or is this just a "Sham"...?

Just kidding!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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Bloody nice job mate and i`m glad you left that cool rough rock wall alone gives the place character!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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Nice looking place! It looks like a very pleasant place to spend ones time. That boat is very cool and I like the lathe restoration. The engine turned switch panel is a very cool touch.
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Love it and love that boat! Post pictures of the rework on it as you go.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:55 PM   #11
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I agree with everyone else on the rocks! Very cool!
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #12
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Bloody nice job mate and i`m glad you left that cool rough rock wall alone gives the place character!
Yes, Character. That's the word I missed using in my post.
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I was watching Extreme Yachts and there were rebuilding a Riva. Nice shop you have.
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What kind of boat is it?

What does it have for power and drive?
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Love your taste, the rock wall and Veedubs cant go wrong.
That boat will look great once sanded back.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:22 AM   #16
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WOW, thank you all for the warm welcome!
Glad you like my little man cave!

As per the boat, it's a 1959 English Albatross, an aluminium speedboat used mainly for waterskiing. It was built by former RAF aircraft engineers, using the same construction methods they used on warbirds during WW2 (i.e. flush rivets).
It was powered with a 35HP sidevalve Ford 100E engine.
And it happens mine almost certainly belonged to former Monaco's Prince Rainier III.
Here's a couple o'pics of the babe before I stripped her down :


More pictures and informations on the boat here.

I had a few different projets in my garage along the years :

A 1956 Lambretta LD I restored :


I unfortunately had to sell her. I still get news from its new owner, who rides it hundred kilometers every other week end!
Details can be found here.

A 1970 VW Thing I put backon the road :


I had to sell her, not enough space to keep it... Gosh, I miss this one the most! It was the perfect fun ride!
I sold it to a good friend of mine, hoefully I'll buy it back someday!
Details here.

So as of today, I have the boat you've seen above, and :
- My very first car, 1959 VW Beetle named "Elvira" :


- A 1968 VW Karmann Ghia named "Kitty" :


- A 1954 IFA/DKW RT125 motorbike :

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Old 02-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #17
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Hi Sham

which painting did you take for the wall and the ground?

Nice work....the change is radical

You know the purse of part VW of Valence (Drôme)?
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:24 PM   #18
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Hi Fredriz,

Thanks for the nice words!
For the paint, I've used "multi-usages Jullien Multifond 2" for the wall (great product, would recommend), and on the floor "peinture sol V33 trafic extrême gris clair U133/A".
As per the floor, I'm currently installing tiles instead of the paint, I'll post pics here when I'm done!

All the details are on my blog : http://shamwerks.com/atelier_eng.php (or here in french! ;-) )

As per the Valence swap meet, sure I know it! Was there 2 years ago, got myself a nice pair of cylinder heads for my 36hp... ;-)
I was supposed to be there this year too (last saturday) to get parts for my Ghia, but unfortunately it was the day of the funerals of a friend of mine, a fellow VW enthousiast (RIP Yann "Survivor"...). :-(
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I'd be so curious about what's behind that stone wall, that I'd just remove a couple of stones and a few more........
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I love the boat, would like to see it finished

Sham have any pics ???
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