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      08-28-2020 08:02 PM #2551
      Spent more money.

      Spent a LONG time deciding on a clock, had went with a '68 Charger clock (dream car) and immediately was disappointed with the quality and insane reflections, it's basically useless.



      Spent hours upon hours looking for some sort of neon clock, didn't like anything, eventually landed on the idea of a backlit clock and decided that would be great. C1 Corvette style for more retro vibes, black/white/red matches my theme. This thing is bright, but sure as hell wasn't cheap at $160:





      Looks GREAT from the front but only complaint is that for $160 I'd like to see better quality than crappy tapered black plastic sides...be nice if it was just 90 degree chrome plastic or something, but it's so bright nobody will ever notice. Happy overall despite the price and the fact it just isn't worth $160 in reality.



      But ultimately, Friday night ambiance achieved:

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      08-29-2020 07:08 PM #2552
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      09-16-2020 06:37 PM #2553
      New additions.

      Karcher Cube to replace my dead Karcher that lasted over 7 years. Cox hose reel to hold the power washer hose installed. So much better than hand coiling and uncoiling.




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      09-16-2020 10:04 PM #2554
      Sweet pressure washer! What reel is the water hose on? Is it an Eley?


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      09-18-2020 01:14 PM #2555
      Since I moved in a couple years ago, there has been this little storage room off the workshop that had a dirt floor - more like a fine silt - that has really precluded me from being able to really store anything of value in there, because it would get all dirty. Plus the floor was uneven and just generally a pain to get around in.





      Last month, I got the dirt dug out and a concrete floor poured. Between vacation, start of school, and work, I just hadn't had time to move things around and get set up in the storage room. I also ordered a set of steel shelving that came in WAY late.



      First order of business was to seal the walls with the same white masonry paint that I did the rest of the shop in. That really brightened up the space. I then drilled anchors for my air compressor and mounted it on hockey pucks. Side note - I still don't have air in the shop because I broke the bottom tank drain off in the bushing, and the replacement bushing I got is not tigtening all the way, even with a 2-ft pipe wrench on it. Gotta figure out what's going on with that...

      Anyway...back to the storage room. My wife found a cheap area rug on FB marketplace that fit just perfectly - the area is 5'x9', and the rug is 5'x7', which leaves the perfect space for the compressor and my engine crane. Very happy with how it turned out, and it's commercial-type rug that wears very well, and it's brown so it'll hide a lot of dirt.

      Next, I assembled the shelving. The original plan was to leave the bottom open so that I can store a couple transmissions under there. But then I thought the shelves might be able to handle them. Well, I was wrong and bent the shelf out of shape (it's just a wire shelf, so I'm not surprised) so I'm going to reinforce it with plywood and get the weight better distributed. As I said, the shelves should be able to take it. So, the transmissions are getting stored elsewhere for now.

      I've had a ton of totes of stuff sitting around, so the main project has been to get them organized and figure out what's getting stored in the shop - things that I need to occasionally take out, like my track day totes or towing tote, parts immediately needed for projects, that sort of stuff. Others can get stored on the other side of the basement, under the main house. I'm still not there yet, but I'm getting there.





      I also made a ' retirement' section of license plates from cars I've personally owned - my other plate collection encompasses lots of plates, from cars that my family's owned, plates I've gotten from friends/family, plate styles that I bought off eBay because I like them or remind me of my childhood (old school VT, NY Liberty, California blue plate). You can sort of see the remnants of my 'other' collection on the adjoining wall, I'm in the midst of a re-org on that as well.



      That pretty much brings us to today. I'm getting the Mk2 buttoned back up to take it to autocross in a week to give it a shake down


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      09-18-2020 03:00 PM #2556
      ^^Nice work! It's amazing how gratifying it is to take advantage of space that you've always had but never used.

      Also like the hanging head gasket. I don't know why, but I like it.

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      09-18-2020 03:31 PM #2557
      Quote Originally Posted by kiznarsh View Post
      ^^Nice work! It's amazing how gratifying it is to take advantage of space that you've always had but never used.

      Also like the hanging head gasket. I don't know why, but I like it.
      It’s the head gasket wall of shame. BMW S52 and 2 sets of Subaru EJ.

      The first set is the OG (failed for massive external oil leak) and the second set was because I installed the heads and failed to realize I had assembled them incorrectly (didn’t realize the castings were identical, but had a key machined feature in only one of them) and since I’d already torqued them, I didn’t want to run the risk of having to take it all apart for a 3rd time over a $40 set of head gaskets.

      The S52 was a boring failure, a small external coolant weep.

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      09-18-2020 03:55 PM #2558
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      I also made a ' retirement' section of license plates from cars I've personally owned - my other plate collection encompasses lots of plates, from cars that my family's owned, plates I've gotten from friends/family, plate styles that I bought off eBay because I like them or remind me of my childhood (old school VT, NY Liberty, California blue plate). You can sort of see the remnants of my 'other' collection on the adjoining wall, I'm in the midst of a re-org on that as well.

      How do you keep the CT Plates? I thought you had to return them, although I "lost" my vanity plate I had on my S4 to keep that one

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      09-18-2020 04:13 PM #2559
      Quote Originally Posted by amusante1002 View Post
      How do you keep the CT Plates? I thought you had to return them, although I "lost" my vanity plate I had on my S4 to keep that one
      When you cancel the registration online, you have the option to hold onto your plates. However, one set was replaced by a Sound plate after I’d registered the car (Sound plate just superseded the old one) and a couple of them I just let lapse because I sold the car (one of them) and the other is for the Mk2, which I could probably re-register with that plate if I wanted to put it back on the street

      Maybe vanity plates are different, never had one.

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      09-18-2020 04:13 PM #2560
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      It’s the head gasket wall of shame. BMW S52 and 2 sets of Subaru EJ.

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      Love that! I have two pistons on my tool box, one from my R32 when it grenaded and one from my compound turbo tdi that melted down...oh and my TIG torch holder is the bend connecting rod from said grenaded r32

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      09-19-2020 08:48 AM #2561
      Quote Originally Posted by ArclitGold View Post
      Sweet pressure washer! What reel is the water hose on? Is it an Eley?


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      Yep it’s an Eley.


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      09-19-2020 05:23 PM #2562
      Quote Originally Posted by amusante1002 View Post
      How do you keep the CT Plates? I thought you had to return them, although I "lost" my vanity plate I had on my S4 to keep that one
      Most if not all states "require" you to turn in your plates unless the plate stays with the car but nobody ever does.

      I'm glad to see Stevo has some old Texas plates, shame it's from that era of silly graphics everybody hated. I lived in Dallas for a dozen years and had the white w/texas flag plate (simple but effective), the cowboy w/starry night plate (good looking like NY plate before the orange one), the let's add as many graphics as possible plate like Stevos (which resulted in thousands of people buying personalized plates just to avoid having that thing on their cars), then the simple black and white which we had before moving to CA. Of all of them I think the simple one with the Texas flag on it was my favorite. In any case once we get a house/garage we'll be doing the same thing with all of the plates from our old cars.
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      09-19-2020 08:30 PM #2563
      Quote Originally Posted by chucchinchilla View Post
      Most if not all states "require" you to turn in your plates unless the plate stays with the car but nobody ever does.

      I'm glad to see Stevo has some old Texas plates, shame it's from that era of silly graphics everybody hated. I lived in Dallas for a dozen years and had the white w/texas flag plate (simple but effective), the cowboy w/starry night plate (good looking like NY plate before the orange one), the let's add as many graphics as possible plate like Stevos (which resulted in thousands of people buying personalized plates just to avoid having that thing on their cars), then the simple black and white which we had before moving to CA. Of all of them I think the simple one with the Texas flag on it was my favorite. In any case once we get a house/garage we'll be doing the same thing with all of the plates from our old cars.

      Here in NJ, you have to turn in your plate and you receive a receipt for doing so. You then need to send this receipt to your insurance company, then and only then can you remove the car from your insurance policy.
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      09-19-2020 11:45 PM #2564
      Quote Originally Posted by AJB View Post
      Here in NJ, you have to turn in your plate and you receive a receipt for doing so. You then need to send this receipt to your insurance company, then and only then can you remove the car from your insurance policy.
      When did that start?
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      09-20-2020 10:38 AM #2565
      if anyone is still on the fence on getting a maxjax or similar lift for their home garage i still cant recommend it enough. even with my low low ceilings it has been so damn handy

      Untitled by tim wilson, on Flickr

      really got to look into wall mounting the pump under the air hose and then getting lines made to run along the ceiling to give me more floor space. on my winter to do list
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      09-20-2020 12:17 PM #2566
      My old garage: 3800sq ft warehouse, built apartments in it:

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      09-20-2020 12:48 PM #2567
      Quote Originally Posted by freedo84gti View Post
      if anyone is still on the fence on getting a maxjax or similar lift for their home garage i still cant recommend it enough. even with my low low ceilings it has been so damn handy

      Untitled by tim wilson, on Flickr

      really got to look into wall mounting the pump under the air hose and then getting lines made to run along the ceiling to give me more floor space. on my winter to do list
      Screw the Maxjax and 02...I'm digging 1) the air hose mounted to the I-beam (might have to copy that for my shop ) and 2) the wall hooks for the grinders and welding tools.

      j/k - a Maxjax is on the short list for next improvements with my similarly-low ceilings. Looking good in there

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      09-21-2020 04:53 PM #2568
      Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Cat View Post
      When did that start?
      Its been a few years now. Also you supposed to keep those plate return receipts, as this is what proves you sold a car in the eye of NJ. You know in case you sell a car, and the person never registers it in their name.
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      09-21-2020 05:01 PM #2569
      Quote Originally Posted by AJB View Post
      Its been a few years now. Also you supposed to keep those plate return receipts, as this is what proves you sold a car in the eye of NJ. You know in case you sell a car, and the person never registers it in their name.
      Damn. I haven’t lived in the state since 2006 now, so that comment really caught me my surprise . I have at least 10 sets of NJ tags from my cars and my parents’ cars laying around.
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      09-21-2020 05:05 PM #2570
      Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Cat View Post
      Damn. I haven’t lived in the state since 2006 now, so that comment really caught me my surprise . I have at least 10 sets of NJ tags from my cars and my parents’ cars laying around.
      A clerk did let me keep my personalized plate off my 6spd W8 Wagon
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      09-21-2020 05:08 PM #2571
      Quote Originally Posted by AJB View Post
      A clerk did let me keep my personalized plate off my 6spd W8 Wagon
      Still have your SS?
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      09-21-2020 06:21 PM #2572
      Yep! 63k and counting....

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      09-22-2020 08:05 AM #2573
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      Screw the Maxjax and 02...I'm digging 1) the air hose mounted to the I-beam (might have to copy that for my shop ) and 2) the wall hooks for the grinders and welding tools.

      j/k - a Maxjax is on the short list for next improvements with my similarly-low ceilings. Looking good in there
      the wall hooks arent hooks. just tapcons with penny washers to prevent anything from slipping off. it works great. the air hose reel is the cheap one from harbor freight. works great and only had to cut off about 6" of hose after the end where you hook up your attachments failed and started to bubble after a year. apparently common
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      09-22-2020 08:47 AM #2574
      Quote Originally Posted by freedo84gti View Post
      the wall hooks arent hooks. just tapcons with penny washers to prevent anything from slipping off. it works great. the air hose reel is the cheap one from harbor freight. works great and only had to cut off about 6" of hose after the end where you hook up your attachments failed and started to bubble after a year. apparently common
      I actually have the same hose reel, had it set up in my old garage before I moved to my current setup. Since I haven't had my compressor set up for the past few years, I haven't installed the reel. I haven't had the issue you describe, I must be one of the lucky ones.

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      09-22-2020 12:22 PM #2575
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      I actually have the same hose reel, had it set up in my old garage before I moved to my current setup. Since I haven't had my compressor set up for the past few years, I haven't installed the reel. I haven't had the issue you describe, I must be one of the lucky ones.
      gotcha. another common failure is the hose crack so before hooking it back up i would pull it all out and check for cracking
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