This thread is dedicated to the insanity of many of the garage projects to the cars rebuilt and modded along with the road trip adventures to find great beer and food in the north east kingdom of the old colonies. In memory of a great friend and mentor Denis Basak that really profoundly influenced my automotive interest in a great way.
A little over a year ago I bought this place which was originally a grist mill in the late 1800's with lots of history to turn into a garage space to work on the cars. While it was a grist mill in this small W.Mass town it was destroyed when the lake that was used to power the mill broke. It was rebuilt as was the lake to continue operation into the early 1900's.
In 1928 it was moved up the street to a higher location along the lake and turned into a Ford Garage until ~1975 when it was closed and became just a repair garage. It spent until 1997 as a garage/body shop until purchased and used machine shop.
This summer was the beginning of the overhaul of the space. First required removal of lots of left over scrap and such from the shop and to create a starting point in hope of finishing enough to be able to work on some of the cars this winter prior to turning attention to the rest of the space.
The first project to was to setup a parts/work room in what use to be an old office/QC room. There was a large unfinished opening from where a comparator was. So framing that in was the first project after setting up a place to put the chop saw.
A quick job of cutting some legs to convert this old wall mounted bench into a portable work station for saw/wood working was first up.
Opening framed going towards where the lift will go in.
After some cleaning and painting of the walls/floor in the new parts/assembly room
Wire racks make great organizers for parts and when taking things apart to keep all of one cars parts in a common area
Some of the old machine shop items still there prior to removal
Next up was to get some air to the already existing lines throughout the building. The intent is to have the Husky unit and eventually once I repower the three-phase Wayne as a large air capacity system to be able to do some extensive sand blasting/painting as needed.
There was an old Wayne two stage in the back room that I decided to turn into office space to rent, so it had to come out as well as the old wall bench which was turned into the portable wood work bench.
Using an engine lift made this pretty easy to move without feeling like I was going to die. Ended up clearing the door frame by 1/4"....which is close to a mile right?!
Next focus was to get the future rental area sorted out by doing some floor repairs, creating a work area that did not make you cringe.
Countless hours were spent with a punch and hammer with a little help from beer pounding down the nails prior to sanding these old floors to remove oil ect.
Followed by extensive floor sanding and painting
Next up was to put the partition up and some new lighting
Some good beer while doing a copper patch and more painting is never a bad thing
Back to the garage as the weather was nice and stopped raining for a week, so it was time to grind the floors, but alas many things still had to be moved first so from sun rise to sun set on a Saturday it was cramming everything in this room into the two other garage sections.
First layer of grinding was to remove all the grime off. Using sand as a ball bearing surface as well to help clean the teeth on the grinder helped a lot.
Then switching over to carbides allowed a nice finish cut as you can see here. For the 2100sq/ft it took the better part of twenty hours of grinding to complete and let me tell you that for days your cleaning dust out of your hair/beard.
Then next was to do the epoxy, which I chose to use Legacy Industrial's HD kit which came with everything you need to do the project. Overall took about two hours to do all 2100 sq/ft seen here. Now that the floors are done the walls are driving me mad as they desperately need a coat of paint. Some places that were more porous than others sucked up the epoxy. Which resulted in needing a 2nd coat. I would strongly advise if taking this project on that you do a 2nd coat. The first coat eats up the epoxy and took 15 gals where as the 2nd coat only required 5 gallons of epoxy and went on within an hour.