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Shops and Garages

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by crash, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. bobadame

    bobadame XS650 Addict

    It's big. I designed it, built it, and it pretty much wore me out.

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  2. Well heres mine, small but gets the job done, was an unfinished 2 car garage when i moved in, a little money and alot of junk later, lol.

    down to 1 vw, time to put a bike table on the other side and get started.
  3. pumps

    pumps XS650 Junkie

    As it was completed. Now I have insulated , got lights, wired it, built a loft down the left and right sides at about 6 ft. (so I don't bump my head) front to back with the center left open.. Put a 5 ft piece of kitchen counter on the left inside the door to work on, with a vise. Two bikes, mower, weedeaters, ladders , rakes , shovels all that stuff hung up. I want to get a handy lift. Its 12ft wide as you look at it and 16 ft deep. And that's Peabody , my West Highland terrier. My white shadow.
  4. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic

    si that a 69 chevy i see there?
  5. gemiller

    gemiller XS650 Enthusiast

    Completely unrelated but that VW bus is to die for.

    [​IMG] Bike on the mac tools car lift bike holder conversion ;)


    Dang can't really find any good shots of the garage itself, it's always just the background of work lol. Its a 40x30 pole barn (my dads but i use it almost exclusively as long as I do his work too ;)) And I have a 1 bay at my house but its always full of bikes.
  6. jmink427

    jmink427 XS650 Junkie

    Nope, That is my '65 Impala.... Here the '69.... It's not mine though. I'm just working on it for a guy, motor mounts, seat mounts, column, back bar, headers and such.. Everthing is custom on it.... Art Morrison Max G chassis.. Chassis cost more than what I built my shop for......

  7. drog

    drog XS650 Addict

    Wow bobadame,that's an impressive shop! A CNC mill and lathe,too cool. Did you build that english wheel? I love it.I've never seen one with a hydraulic or air(can't tell from the pic) controlled top wheel,excellent design! And you have a '58 Buick too,don't see those much anymore. What size is that shop,looks huge? I'm impressed.
  8. bobadame

    bobadame XS650 Addict

    The dark gray mill is a basic manual mill The CNC mill is way over in the corner, not really visible in the pictures. This building is 40'X 64' with a 14' wide side shed. The upstairs loft is 16' X 64'. There are a few project bikes up there and eventually there will be a PMS room on the north end for my sweety pie. It took me 27 months to the day to finish this thing. I hired a crew to pour the concrete, 58 yards I think it was and I hired a couple of guys to tape and finish the seams. I built and set the forms, set the steel, insulated the whole damned thing and hung the rock, screwed the roof on, painted the whole thing inside and out. My grand sons helped me raise most of the walls. I set the rafters, about 250 of them. Grandsons are afraid of heights. There's a mezzanine and a 2 post lift in there as well, and a shitter! At my age I really appreciate that. (You'll find out.)

    The English wheel and the rest of the metalshaping machinery was all made in my old shop. The E wheel uses a #20 air brake chamber from an antique bus, another project that I hope to finish before they take my keys away.
  9. drog

    drog XS650 Addict

    My error on the mill.Is that just a digital readout on it? I'm not a machinist,even though i do have an old (around 1930's) Logan lathe in my shop.I just use it for making bushings and other easy stuff.Primarily i focus on sheet metal repair and frame/bracket building.That is one big shop you have there.Mine is a lot smaller, 20X78 with 9' walls.I will post pix of it after i finish my latest re-arranging/cleaning.Thanks for the info on the shop and e-wheel! I'd like to know more about the bus,haha! I love old trucks,cars,etc. and have a few myself. My current project is a 53 Mack A model on a 1/2 ton chassis,running a built 454 backed with a Muncie M-21.I'm pushing 60 and can dig having a shitter nearby too,haha!
  10. Ironriot

    Ironriot XS650 Enthusiast

    Your metalworking equipment is awesome! Nice work on the English wheel, the "A" designed into the frame is a nice touch. And where'd you get the design for the planishing hammer? Looks neat
  11. smurph

    smurph XS650 Addict

    Nice VWs! I have a 64 Bug in sea blue I am looking at lowering this winter. I have a 62 bus as well but its pretty far gone (rusty), might just get rid of it as I don't think I will ever have the time or money.
  12. mitchp

    mitchp XS650 Enthusiast

    :thumbsup:, Excellent description of your Man Cave. I have a 14 by 20,space with a seprate office which is 9by9. Welding and paint work are done on the backside of my one acre property in a 8by18 little tool shed, if she goes up in flames at least its not connected to the house :D Winter is aproaching here in central OH. My winter project is cleaning up and tuning on a very nice 1976 Yamaha XS650. I hate winter! How many times can you wax a fuel tank? Keep riding till it gets just to friggin Cold. :) Mitch
  13. bobadame

    bobadame XS650 Addict

    Pixar. Just kidding. The pneumatic planishing hammer is similar to the ones sold by Neil Dunder. He has a company called Gitzit. I think his machines are very similar to the old Chicago Pneumatic machines. The goofy looking machine just this side of the bead roller is a dedicated shrinking machine. It's made out of stuff I had available at the time. The connecting rod is out of a '48 Ford flathead engine. The hammer just this side of the blue wheel is a Helve hammer. These mechanical machines all use various industrial DC sewing machine motors. Anyway if I can ever get started on it I plan to make a new tank and fenders for the XS project using some of these machines. It's good that I haven't been able to start on it yet because I still haven't decided on a style.
  14. tigman175

    tigman175 XS650 Addict

    Just finished renovating the garage of the new house.....time to get building again!!


    It looks clean, but all of my junk is behind me. Haha
  15. PetesPonies

    PetesPonies XS650 Addict

    I said I was building a new shop . . here it is


  16. Im in the small workshop!
  17. my cramped shop/shed (screen printing that day). when renting you do what you can

  18. JP50515

    JP50515 XS650 Junkie

    I build out of half the third stall in my parents garage.......i'm near tears right now
  19. Yeah I'm working on the floor of a half garage full of my grandfather's life belongings. The front end of my bike is under a shelf. I can't even stand straight up in there. I'm getting used to it though!
  20. Travis

    Travis Staff Member XS650.com Supporter

    My garage/shop has changed so much since this thread started 3 years ago. I'll try to post an update soon.

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