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PostPosted: January 21, 2015, 12:48 pm 
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Looks cool. How I'd love to have that shop space AND a garage too.

Good luck on your new build - your house!

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: February 22, 2015, 12:21 pm 
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Thanks Lonnie

Getting started is taking forever as I'm trying to get all the county paper work though. The wife and I took a bike ride though the neighborhood the other day and found three guys working on restoring old cars and or hotrods. One guy has a cord and a old Fiat convertible that bertone (is that the way it's spelled) made 36 of, his is number 18. Makes me want to get the shop built all the more now.

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PostPosted: February 22, 2015, 2:59 pm 
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"Score" Congrats on new home- especially with new motorhead neighbors! Chris :cheers:


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PostPosted: February 23, 2015, 11:44 am 
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Ah ha! You have a built-in support group AND maybe an occasional extra set of hands to help out when working on those big awkward things?

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Definitely, one is a great painter, another has a like new 289 just sitting in the back along with a TR7 and TR8

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PostPosted: February 23, 2015, 2:17 pm 
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The house and the neighborhood sound fantastic, Sir! Congrats!
A 289 and a TR7... Sounds like a BAD idea... I'd DO IT!!!
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PostPosted: September 8, 2016, 10:47 am 
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Yes I'm still alive. I wanted to update my building progress. The car still sits at the back of the property under a tarp but the Shop/Apartment is finally going up.
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File comment: The soil has to much clay so I brought in some decomposed granite fill and spread it with my Long tractor
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File comment: After placed I found a backhoe attachment for my tractor for a good price and dug the footings. My granddaughter said she helped. You can see the travel trailer to the left that my wife and I have been in for two years!
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File comment: Ready for the concrete. I'm using 2x6 and 2x10s for the forms as I hope to use them in the building.
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File comment: A big day the concrete is poured. Started at 5:00 with the first truck before 6:00.
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File comment: I used colored concrete for the living area and spread broken glass on top. after I will grind and polish to expose some of the glass.
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PostPosted: September 8, 2016, 12:56 pm 
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Hey! It's good to hear from you, again. I have thought about you numerous times and hoped your move to Nevada didn't ignite a gambling and drinking addiction. :mrgreen:

That is one impressive slab. Hopefully, all will be done in time for you to restart on your Locost this winter. Do keep us updated. Congratulations on the retirement. You're going to find yourself real busy now.

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And I thought I had it good with a 1200 square ft. mancave! That is gonna rock! I see you did the radiant heating like I did. Probably the single best decision I made when building. Nothing like laying on the floor to work on something when it's about 80 deg. F coming from the floor. I don't know if you have worked with radiant before, but if not you will find that it is comfortable in the building at around 60 to 65 degrees in a tee shirt or sweatshirt. Makes it a real pleasure to work on stuff when it's cold outside.

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I'm still here and have been working to get this building started for over a year and it is nice to get started. I have worked harder since retirement then I have in years.
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PostPosted: September 9, 2016, 7:35 pm 
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That looks awesome! I briefly considered doing something similar.

Are the studs sunk in the concrete while its poured?

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Cool, my last place had in floor heat in the garage too, and it was great. When I finally build a shop at my new place, I want to do the same thing. I'll probably be using a wood fired boiler instead of solar though.
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PostPosted: September 10, 2016, 7:51 am 
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Very cool pictures! And it's good to know things are going well for you in Reno. Building pics look great, that's gonna be an amazing shop... Congrats!

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Thanks guys, Doing most everything myself it's going to be slow. The anchor bolts were placed before the concrete was poured. That brings up one of my screwups. I set the anchor bolts for the two corner post 1 1/2" to close the the center line (still not sure how) and had to cut them off and drill holes to epoxy all thread. Of course this requires a special inspection and I'm waiting for that on Monday.

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Working on the lower front control arms. The tubing is 1 5/8" 16ga. that I formed into 2"x1" oval by pressing a former through the inside on my press. The bottom plate is 12ga. top plate is 14ga.


And now oval tube!!! Between your fab and Engine turning on the dash. This is a slick build. I have for 2 yrs eyed up oval Chrome steel for A arms thinking how cool they would be. I haven't even gotten to page 20 yet.

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