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      10-31-2017 05:45 PM #1
      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.
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      10-31-2017 06:08 PM #2
      wow thats gonna be one hell of a DIY shop. awesome!!

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      10-31-2017 06:26 PM #3
      Wow, that is one cool project!
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      10-31-2017 06:53 PM #4
      I am so in for this one.

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      10-31-2017 07:31 PM #5
      Awesome work Noah Let me know if you ever need a hand on the weekends. I'd love to come check the place out.
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      10-31-2017 07:33 PM #6
      That’s awesome, I’ve always fantasized about a similar endeavor. Kudos for you for going after it!

      Any exterior pics?
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      10-31-2017 08:14 PM #7
      Love the progress and outcome.
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      10-31-2017 09:30 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      That’s awesome, I’ve always fantasized about a similar endeavor. Kudos for you for going after it!

      Any exterior pics?
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      10-31-2017 10:02 PM #13
      I am so freakin’ “in” for this one. That looks killer.

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      11-01-2017 08:27 AM #15
      Nice shop, makes my garage look like a dungeon

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      11-01-2017 08:45 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by CoreyB View Post
      Awesome work Noah Let me know if you ever need a hand on the weekends. I'd love to come check the place out.
      Thanks Corey! I will be in touch for sure as planning pulling the 996 motor as soon as things get buttoned up a little bit more.

      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      wow thats gonna be one hell of a DIY shop. awesome!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      That’s awesome, I’ve always fantasized about a similar endeavor. Kudos for you for going after it!

      Any exterior pics?

      From the 20's some of the old photo's I was able to chase down. I have yet to be able to chase down later pictures from post WWII until the closing of the garage.




      Last night was some simple moving things around to get back to being able to tackle the new stairs into the attic that replace the old death trap that was removed as they were in the middle of the room in the new office space. Moving the wood work table out from one of the other bays via a using the pallet jack and trash can trick to prevent any damage to the fresh floor.



      Then time to move the Husky air compressor to have some air for the tools once again. Using the pallet jack to move it around then using some old car floor mats to walk it into place made it as easy as pie by ones self. Using an old blanket or floor mats to protect the floor paint when moving heavy stuff helps a lot. Often when moving equipment with fork trucks from outside into a freshly painted floor area using some Lauon sheets or felt flooring to clean the wheels of the fork truck which can bring in lots of debris from outside.
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      11-01-2017 09:07 AM #17
      Oh, and now you need one of these to go with the finished job. This is a Model T-era Ford service sign, much like the one in the picture. You can see it's double sided, just like the one in your 20's picture.

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    19. 11-01-2017 09:13 AM #18
      So in for this. It appeals to so many of my interests at once.

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      11-01-2017 09:18 AM #19
      IN!

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      11-01-2017 09:20 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDeckMan View Post
      Is there a living space attached to it or is that all just office space?

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      11-01-2017 09:22 AM #21
      Wow, neat project.

      I can't believe you painted that wood floor.
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      11-01-2017 09:32 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      Oh, and now you need one of these to go with the finished job. This is a Model T-era Ford service sign, much like the one in the picture. You can see it's double sided, just like the one in your 20's picture.
      Yeah it could for sure use one, it is on the list to hunt down in the near future.

      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Is there a living space attached to it or is that all just office space?
      The lower part of the building is office space with the upper two floors being my living space.

      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      Wow, neat project.

      I can't believe you painted that wood floor.
      I was hoping not to, but doing multiple repairs to sections that were going to potentially be issues for trip hazard for the rental office was more the worry.

      There was already existing office spaces where the old line shafts ran for the grist mill. This area never was used for machining so the floors ended up staying in much better condition when these offices were put in ~15 years ago.






      Common kitchen area for the office spaces

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    24. 11-01-2017 09:43 AM #23
      wow thats pretty BA. What are those things behind the desk in the shot with the safe on the wall.

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      11-01-2017 10:01 AM #24
      Nice seeing all the pics in one thread. great progress Noah.

      I used Legacy for my garage floors, did you use clear on them?

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      11-01-2017 10:04 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDeckMan View Post
      I was hoping not to, but doing multiple repairs to sections that were going to potentially be issues for trip hazard for the rental office was more the worry.

      There was already existing office spaces where the old line shafts ran for the grist mill. This area never was used for machining so the floors ended up staying in much better condition when these offices were put in ~15 years ago.






      Common kitchen area for the office spaces

      Ahh, got it. That is a really awesome old building. Thanks for saving it.
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