One thing arrived for the MR2- The car came to me with a Fidanza lightened flywheel. It was beat to heck. The friction disc is nothing more than a steel plate. I cross referenced the numbers on the flywheel and guess what? They also use this same steel plate & bolts on a small Audi. I found this steel plate for 20 bucks shipped rather than 60+. I measured it, it's the right one.
This space would have it's monthly rent, then an electric bill and a gas bill. We only use gas for 4 months out of the year and the power is almost 100% turned off when nobody is there. The property already has security on it. I do all my internet stuff from my desk at home. If I really need to look something up, I can use my phone, so no internet bill.
The insurance that I have on my garage now, would carry over to the personal property on the new one. The building itself, is covered by the owner.
Outside of that- the cost really isn't like opening a retail business. It's more of a toy box for a few months, to see if it warrants a real effort to make it a serious business. It's all about passion. If passion isn't profitable, I would scale back and work in a shed. If it starts to make money, and I see no reason why it wouldn't- then it can be an incorporated small business.
My buddies and I are getting together to talk about it next week, we'll see how it goes.
I'll take a picture of the Studebaker truck so we can sort of stay on topic. haha
I know. It makes sense completely. All of these things everyone mentions, are valid points.
Stepping up production, to meet the building costs, it's not as far off as one might think. I have been talking with two other buddies, one I've known 35 years, the other 20yrs. They might want to share it with me, just to store their cars when not in use. I can pull them in and out at will. One has 2 cars and the other one wants to build with me, he's in some of the videos on the channel- My German buddy Dieter. He would use a couple parking spaces outside.
I'm covering all the bases with cost estimation and as it sits, the garage I work out of now, costs about the same as what this would be. I have until Feb 21st to hear what the city has to say about building a new shed. Meanwhile, I don't want to lose out on what could be the most awesome space I've ever considered.
I'm off to work now, we'll see how this develops over the next couple days. It's crazy to think my logo could be on the door of that place.
Ok- Build update. Have not touched the Studebaker truck yet. OR the 68 Ford. Well, we moved the Ford over to the old garage. The current garage has the MR2 engine swap in it. The sub zero temperatures, Christmas & New Years and my regular job has got me waiting on parts for the MR2.
Those that might know me, already know I've been trying to build a bigger shed/garage connected to the house. That way, I can have a BIG garage at home- rather than go from one place to the other all the time.
The city planning commission didn't like the building I was proposing (even though they told me I could build it that size over the phone). Many hours spent with the builder, the architect dept. and several other time wasting conversations. We have filed for a variance in the rules to allow it's construction. It's nothing special mind you, 24x32 garage type structure behind the existing garage. Long story short- I'm doing all I can to have a cool little shop for my hobbies.
Meanwhile- While at work the other day, the boss tells me of this space that just became available. Four bays. A Lift. All new everything, air lines, heat & AC, Power lines, bathroom etc. It's right around the corner from my regular job, at the plumbing shop. It's secured, fenced in, has cameras & lights, plenty of outdoor parking. We were at the building today, for a service call on an unrelated area.
I spoke to the owner about a short term, low cost lease option on the space. He's a car guy. A petrol head. Loves the stuff we're building. We took a closer look at the space and it's amazing. Scary. But amazing. I'm not sure it'll happen. I'm not sure of anything at this point except that I'm going to be building stuff regardless of WHERE it is. I need a backup plan if the new garage can't be built. This just might be it.
Ordered a plug and play harness on this engine swap. Got an email saying basically "We want more $$$" Fine, I'll get it there. Meanwhile- this vehicle is sitting. Lots of other stuff happening, but this car really hasn't been touched in a month. Thant drives me NUTS!
When the harness gets done and shipped back, it'll FLY together. Meanwhile- I've reached the end of the internet. I hate FB and even got caught up to date on Amazon Prime Video, All the British TV Panel shows in the world and Netflix.
Completely bored at the desk. Thankfully my job gets me out of the house. No builds make me a very dull boy.
I've made bushes out of a nylon type material called Delrin. I've also made bushes out of oil impregnated bronze. In the states, we call them "bushings", so I'll avoid the temptation to say you can make bushes by planting seeds.. lol But then I guess you could say that those are actually shrubbery.
Anyway, you can make them out of polyurethane, but surely replacements are cheap enough somewhere?
These things are HOT! I really like 'em. The black one is sharp, yes- I think we all need a little MR2 in our lives. Touted as the poor man's Ferrari- They're just not as popular here in the states, but still very cool.
Ok, you're right! Sorry for the delays in posting-- the Studebaker/Hemi build is waiting until the MR2 engine swap is done. Should be another week or so, but with Christmas and travel, stupid old plumbing job getting in the way- I've been insanely busy. I have the MR2 and the new engine, everything is out and set up for the 3GSTE swap. I have to order a new clutch and a plug and play harness, so I can save some time there. Once that is running, it's gone and the Studebaker comes IN for CHOP & PLOP
Also- yes, dealing with the city building department for a new shop behind the other house is proving to be a big fat JOY (and I'm being sarcastic there). Too close to the property line. OK- I'll move it over, re-submit plans. Oh, now it's too tall, you have to re-submit. Oh, now we're a bunch of power hungry office personnel and you'll do what we say..
Yes, yes I will.
Meanwhile, I'm glad the garage I have now, is mine until sometime in Feb. After that, the new building had better be constructed or I'll be finishing the Studebaker under a tarp!
So yeah, next week should be at least a new video update, if even only about the MR2 swap & new building stuff.
As soon as I saw those two cars- I said out loud- AWWWW those are ****cking AWESOME! Like a poster on an Army barracks- pin up sweeties, those two cars. I will own one for myself again, yeah- they get under your skin for sure.