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Old 12-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Not My Shop = NMS in all future posts.
Long history shortened somewhat:
When my first wife and I remarried (another story) in 2004, I relocated and left behind my recently built 20’x30’x12’ steel shop with a 10’x30’ covered porch across the front. I was happy to move, but sad to lose my shop. So, needless to say, another shop was in my future. I told the realtor I had the following requirements:

1. Brenda (wife 1 & 3) has to like the house
2. Within my budget
3. Room for a shop
4. Corner lot
5. Good neighborhood


When we went to look at this house, Marilyn, the realtor said, “Brenda really likes the house, it is on a corner, in a good neighborhood, and right at the top of your budget.” I said, “What about room for a shop?” Marilyn said, “Brenda really likes the house.” In a long tirade, I reminded her of my requirements and asked again about the shop. Marilyn said, “I’m not sure. Just look at it before you say no.”



She showed me the house. Neat midcentury modern (Brenda’s favorite) with a detached 2 car garage. We walked through the kitchen and into an attached garage that was about 1 ˝ cars wide. I looked at the realtor and said, “I thought the garage was around front?!?” She started laughing and said that’s why there may not be room to build a shop – it already has one!” Marilyn and Brenda got me on that one.



NMS is a 24’x24’x8’ stick built that was pretty rough. One of the PO’s built it. They refinished furniture and did some woodworking, it seems. The walls were unpainted plywood and there were two 8’ and one 4’ fluorescent fixtures. There was no ceiling but there was an attic floor that was 8’ wide running from the front to back.

A friend and I hurriedly painted the walls white to lighten the area. The floor was rough, stained, and even had some lumps of some unidentified material that might have been refinishing residue. I painted the floor with epoxy just to make it easier to sweep! Then I moved all my stuff in just to get it out of rented storage. I did some projects in there, mostly wood working, but it was still dark and cold.

Here’s a link to the reason I call it Not My Shop. It really has nothing to do with the fact I didn’t build it, but is sort of a play on words. It has to do with my beliefs and things we don’t discuss on GJ so be warned.
Not My Stuff, Not My Shop

Absolutely the best part of GJ is the willingness if not compulsion to help other people . . . and brag about how ingenious we are!

Enough for the first post. This little Christmas 2011 project has taken a year. I can't post it all in one post.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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For some odd reason I'ma thinkin' someone has had some man points deducted from his card.

Just kidding.

I looked at the house garage or the NMS and also the link you posted. I figure that you can make due with what you have after finding some ideas on here. It's not that bad

The first thing I would do though as far as a remodel is remove the mantle from the fireplace. That way the wife can't display the 'nads up there. If you were closer, I'd share my shop with you. At least it's a 2 1/2 or 3 car, the beers cold, and the wife only comes down to drink a beer or two and leaves.

Just keep telling yourself that it will get better. Oh....and never ever get a woman Realtor again!!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #3
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For some odd reason I'ma thinkin' someone has had some man points deducted from his card.

Just kidding.

Oh....and never ever get a woman Realtor again!!!!
Single? Just kidding, too.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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I married mine in 1974.shortly after we purchased our first home.760 sq.ft. with a single garage stuffed full of shit. I immediatly rebuilt my harley and a 283 chevy in our kitchen.
Since then she has made sure that I have at least an acre and a shop at least 30'x40' at every home we have owned.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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Jump forward to 1/27/2011.

From Sammm Sucks

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I've been sitting here for a couple of minutes reading about people spending their lives in the Garage Journal. My wife, sitting 3' from me on her computer just asked, "Are you alright?"
I said, 'Sure. Why?" and she said "I haven't heard a peep out of you in over an hour!"
I was infected by GJ and started planning to make my shop better.


NMS faces south with a man door in the northeast corner. Here are some interior shots at that point; sort of a ‘before’ panorama!





And here is the inspiration for a number of reasons


First, I love road racing. Second, whenever I see a Gulf logo, I think of my Uncle Jack. Third, if you don’t know the significance of this particular car, go read a book called Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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hhmm not really sure if you like it or not ,but iam not living there, in todays market i would have taken my time to check out more places that suit both you and your wife, good luck with it
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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Great car, the newer version is wonderful too.
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I see Toyos and XS's, fun tires. NB Miata autocross car? I co-drive a buddies NC MX5 in STR. I'm the Solo Chair for the North Carolina Region.

Looks like you've made solid progress on the NMS already. Keep us updated!

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #9
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Great car, the newer version is wonderful too.
Is that your car? They are nice.

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I see Toyos and XS's, fun tires. NB Miata autocross car? I co-drive a buddies NC MX5 in STR. I'm the Solo Chair for the North Carolina Region.

Looks like you've made solid progress on the NMS already. Keep us updated!

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #10
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Someday, I want to sling paint like JC23, Call me the Breeze, etc. For now, I’ll just say I’m dangerous with a roller…



Even the birds disrespect my work!



But I persevered and painted an accent wall, the pegboard, and a vaulted section of the ceiling that beautiful shade of blue.

The orange would come later…
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #11
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Next I made myself crazy trying to decide where I would put the light fixtures and what kind to use.

Then one night I was looking at post #3 of The Breeze Place and realized he had mirror ceilings over that beautiful hot rod! I said, “How’d he do that?”

Being a cool guy, and not seeing me as an artistic threat, Breeze told me. So I bought me some ˝” foil-backed insulation, borrowed a pneumatic stapler, and increased the useable light level by about a bazillion!
(It also made it much easier to heat/cool NMS.)


I used my HF trailer with a wheeled tongue jack as a work platform. It was just the right height, but not very stable. So I bungee-corded jack stands to the back. That way I didn’t have to worry about moving them either.



Through a little experimentation, I found that about 75 psi would keep the staples from going clear through!


Above the accent wall, I decided to make the ceiling vaulted to accommodate ladders and stuff that are more than 8’. It also gave me a chance to have some fun with lighting (…more later)
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Is that your car? They are nice.
No, it belongs to a friend that allows liberal visitation rights.

Here are some of mine.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:31 AM   #13
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No, it belongs to a friend that allows liberal visitation rights.

Here are some of mine.
Nice cars; great friend.
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Good to see you making progress. My wife has been itching to move and all I tell her is that the new location must have a garage/shop of equal square footage as the house.

She has yet to find an acceptable location.
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And here is the inspiration for a number of reasons


First, I love road racing. Second, whenever I see a Gulf logo, I think of my Uncle Jack. Third, if you don’t know the significance of this particular car, go read a book called Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime.
is that your GT40?I am also a gulf nut.I,personally,think it's one of the all time best ever put on a car.
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is that your GT40?I am also a gulf nut.I,personally,think it's one of the all time best ever put on a car.
Not even close, prowler777. I wish.
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When my first wife and I remarried
That would so be me: can't live with her, and can't live without her!

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Well, we all have been introduced to the Ford / Gulf Blue paint, there are two sets of wide tires setting stacked in the garage. How about a hint to what the garage is being prepared to house. I'm guessing it's something far from a Soccer Mom van
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Well, we all have been introduced to the Ford / Gulf Blue paint, there are two sets of wide tires setting stacked in the garage. How about a hint to what the garage is being prepared to house. I'm guessing it's something far from a Soccer Mom van
Nothing exotic, Kevin54.



heavyfoot86 got it right a few posts ago. 2001 Miata, but I do other stuff in NMS
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Nothing exotic, Kevin54.



heavyfoot86 got it right a few posts ago. 2001 Miata, but I do other stuff in NMS
I like it What kinds of mods have you done to it? And the wide tires go on the Miata? It kind of looks like stockers in the pic.

I'm hoping someday I can run across a Miata for a good price. I'd like to drop a nice little smallblock into one and trick it out a little.

Any other plans for the car? Like maybe Gulf Blue and Orange?
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