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Old 06-26-2018, 12:08 AM   #43
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McGyver is a wannabe. Iíve been fixing stuff with my Swiss Army Knife before he was born. And, by the way Wenger makes the best Swiss Army Knives. Victornoix is an upstart building cheap ones. Had my first Wenger at age 12, as a gift from grandparents, who picked it up in Switzerland in person.
Have even fixed a Ď77 Volvo alternator with just the knife..,well enough that it was still working a month later when I got my mechanic to actually rebuild it, finally.
Still carry one every day...
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:01 AM   #44
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Thanks Alex, actually my nomad garage was not nearly as rustic as you imagine. After setting it up I layed down a full sized sheet of plastic, wrapping up inside the walls on both sides then a couple carpet rements made it wall to wall carpeted.
It was really quite cushy in there.

I was starting to feel all puffed up with your comparison to Mcgiver, then Mr Rmkrum came along and poped the bubble. Dang that moment if glory was brief.

Any of us long time air cooled Porsche caretakers have had the opportunity to learn to do engine drops, maybe more often than we might like.

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Old 06-26-2018, 06:20 AM   #45
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That can be overcome by installing a simple vestibule between the living space and garage space, with doors on both endsó like an airlock, but not necessarily airtight. ....
Spoken like a true Gulf Coaster. Without such improvements, life would be All Mosquito Bites, All The Time.

Here's an example of something that could be improved upon, and it would be financially do-able because the property would be so modestly priced (if it were for sale). He's got a compact house, a conventional garage for his daily drivers, and his rig barn behind it. The rig barn footprint is too small, but that much could be changed. But none of them are attached. A cloud of mosquitoes follows him everywhere.

At first glance this appears an odd layout because he has to drive his rig across the neighboring property to access his rig barn. But I infer from the public records that he owns the LLC that owns that abutting property.

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Old 06-26-2018, 08:34 AM   #46
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Loving all these ideas, plans and images. I'm thinking we should put our small plot on here and let you guys design the "big" garage then I can just figure out how to pay for it. Been here 3 years and haven't planted one tree yet because we haven't come up with a master plan for the backyard yet. Why do logical things like roofs and windows have to take priority.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:23 PM   #47
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Thanks Alex, actually my nomad garage was not nearly as rustic as you imagine. After setting it up I layed down a full sized sheet of plastic, wrapping up inside the walls on both sides then a couple carpet rements made it wall to wall carpeted.

It was really quite cushy in there.



I was starting to feel all puffed up with your comparison to Mcgiver, then Mr Rmkrum came along and poped the bubble. Dang that moment if glory was brief.



Any of us long time air cooled Porsche caretakers have had the opportunity to learn to do engine drops, maybe more often than we might like.



Cheers Richard


I hardly think fixing a Volvo alternator even compares in scale to dropping the whole engine in a tent.
Donít worry, you are still quite clever and resourceful in my book...it probably has something to do with being successful DIY Airstream owners
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:40 PM   #48
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Loving all these ideas, plans and images. I'm thinking we should put our small plot on here and let you guys design the "big" garage then I can just figure out how to pay for it. Been here 3 years and haven't planted one tree yet because we haven't come up with a master plan for the backyard yet. Why do logical things like roofs and windows have to take priority.


Plant those trees... we have been in our house 16 years. Those trees in the back by the Gazebo were $10 trees at Home Depot. Things added later (including Gazebo/Pool) were just planned around them. Trees need time.
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It was really quite cushy in there.

Any of us long time air cooled Porsche caretakers have had the opportunity to learn to do engine drops, maybe more often than we might like.

Cheers Richard
RICHARD - be that as it may, seriously, that is just impressive. Most of us here would not even contemplate dropping an engine unless in an ideal garage enclousre. I am sure you are much more comfy with your new setup and addition to your FL setup. Hope to see the new additions too

BTW - regarding air-cooled engines - never owned a Porsche and too late now, already spent my money on AI. But I did get good at dropping my air-cooled VW Beetle 1200 engine in my late teens. Then I upgraded to a 1500. And last, a Karman Ghia. I now regret selling them. That's the closest I got to a "Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH" product
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The guy who owns this spread about 1.5 miles from us is running a paying business out of it (automobile restoration). He either (a) is not aware of Texas property law or (b) has more money than the Almighty, such that he just doesn't care about his tax bill. With a property that size, he could easily subdivide and put some goats out there to lower his cumulative rate. Plus, goats are really fun, and they don't demand nearly as much time and attention as high-end automobiles do.

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Old 06-27-2018, 07:02 AM   #51
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This one has "spousal negotiation" written all over it - "You can have your garage if I get my house." McMansion coupled with a garage that is so low-end that the appraisal district didn't bother to assess a value for it. Real estate taxes approx. $14,500 per year on this. IMO, it's a hot mess of inverted priorities. But it's a free country, eh? People can spend their $ any way they please.

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...Any of us long time air cooled Porsche caretakers have had the opportunity to learn to do engine drops, maybe more often than we might like.

Cheers Richard
Ain't that the truth... 911 and 944Turbo owner here... and have the scars to prove it... I was so happy when I went to the double post lift...before that it was a scissor lift, and before that it was on the floor with a similar setup as you show in your photo... my knees would not let me go back to that again...





Double post lift (I could not go with a normal height due to the low ceiling in my garage) and a lift table made everything so much easier...



Thank you for the offer on storing some of my junk ... I will try to have space for those parts to keep around close, lol. I am getting rid of all the FIAT Spider parts first...

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RICHARD - be that as it may, seriously, that is just impressive. Most of us here would not even contemplate dropping an engine unless in an ideal garage enclousre. I am sure you are much more comfy with your new setup and addition to your FL setup. Hope to see the new additions too

BTW - regarding air-cooled engines - never owned a Porsche and too late now, already spent my money on AI. But I did get good at dropping my air-cooled VW Beetle 1200 engine in my late teens. Then I upgraded to a 1500. And last, a Karman Ghia. I now regret selling them. That's the closest I got to a "Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH" product
Always loved the Karman Ghia... still look at the classifieds section in The Samba forum...
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Might be time to move to Texas, it's hot there also. Seems everything really is bigger to include the bang for your buck, those are some nice looking properties and good size.

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Thus far in our lives, LB_3 and I have made a very conscious decision not to invest in any high-risk properties. In Houston, "high risk" means "it absolutely will flood" (Houston holds the record for number of successive FEMA flood pay-outs - twenty-two flood claims paid since 1979 on a house in Kingwood (link here but paywalled). There are deals to be had for the intrepid souls who want to take on a massive project in questionable areas. I've never considered myself to be that intrepid. Not yet anyway.

This owner built a big cinder block garage with what appears to be a metal-trussed roof, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he filled his cinder blocks with rebar and concrete like they do in Florida (the door could be raised to accommodate a high-roofed vehicle such as an Interstate). Not a stick of wood in the entire place (except for his decor). It appears to have been a conscious decision on his part to make it flood-worthy. Harvey wiped his adjacent tract house off the foundation, but his garage probably only needed a thorough cleaning and maybe a new a/c condenser. Plus newly-worked trim and nice wood doors to his garage bedroom (which probably isn't legal).

It all comes down to the numbers and the permits. He's not going to get his $200,000 ask on this one and he might not get anywhere close to it - it's been on the market more than 3 months. But if the land and garage could be gotten for cheap and a raised, permittable house built, the property might work out very well for someone. There certainly would be a fantastic view from the resulting house deck, as high up as it would be.

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Ive clearly got some inner McGyver Spirit to be driving all over the country in this rig.

Wachuko, that's some fine looking machinery in your pics. I recognize the 964 cab. The one on the rack getting the face lift, is it an SC or Carrera 3.2?
You do seem to be deep into the hobby. Wish I was closer, would enjoy helping and learning. Nice hoist and engine Jack you have there.

Getting rid of your Fiat Spyder parts, be still my beating heart. Haha.

That's a nicely detailed shop plan you outlined earlier, you should "make it so"

Interblog, that's a nice garage, but a sad tale.
Waterfront has taken on new meaning for me in resent years.
Not that I can afford the cost, or the risk.

I will share more of my shop and motor home carport as it progresses.

Cool thread, fun seeing others garages and what folks are planning and building.

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