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Old April 22nd, 2016, 08:35 AM   #26
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Nice work ! I still spend $2 twice a week on loto tickets so I can build a HUGE shop and fill it with all the tools/machines that I want .....but might hardly ever use.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 02:15 PM   #27
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$4 a week adds up over time, you might have better odds just putting it in a piggy bank. Honestly, I got most of my big tools just by having a little stash of cash and waiting for the right deal.

I was looking for a medium sized lathe about 8 years ago and found a 12" throw Atlas with a short bed listed on CL with no price. I called and the guy said $500. It was a machine shop that had gone all CNC production. I drove up with a trailer and there was a 17" Southbend with a 6' bed sitting next to it. Asked the guy what he wanted for it and he said $500 as well. Before he could change his mind I bought both. I ended up removing a workbench from my shop to make room for the bigger lathe, then selling the little lathe for $1000. Not counting tooling my lathe cost me a $150 forklift rental.

I also just recently got a very nice condition bridgeport mill for the cost of hauling it away. Guy sold his house and the new owner wanted it gone. If anyone is interested, I might be selling it. It even has a 110V motor so you can put it in a regular garage workshop.

Whenever I sell stuff on CL or do little jobs for cash I throw the money into a piggy bank and that's my project money. This project has been totally funded by things like that. Probably to the tune of several thousand dollars at this point (I have a ton of parts not shown yet), but really it's all been funny money that was never accounted for in my budget. I still have about $1800 in the piggy bank for the stuff I'll need. It's taken 8 years or so, but when all is said and done I should have a pretty cool car that I didn't really spend any money on.

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Old April 23rd, 2016, 12:50 PM   #28
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^^^ I do pick up most of my larger things from closing businesses , auctions, yard sales, trades, and word of mouth deals. I also have a 3 gallon jar that gets any money I find on the street or in any of the car projects I pick up, as well as coinage in my pocket when ever I walk past it. Still, it would be nice to have a really big building with a couple of lifts, tons of space, and the ability to plunk down the bucks for any tool I might want. I view the $4 as less than a cup of designer coffee and a cheap price to rent the dream.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 05:37 PM   #29
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Old April 24th, 2016, 09:23 AM   #30
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The hardest part is definitely the building. The rest can be found, and deals can be made. When I started my business I was very young, and living at home. I rented a space in an industrial building and after 7 years of doing that I was way past out of space, and nowhere near affording what I needed. The end solution was to start looking at something to buy, rather than continue wasting money on rent. Hardest part was finding a house in the San Diego area that both had enough land, and also wasn't part of an HOA. The transition was a long and expensive one, but in the end I gained not only a big enough shop (it's never big enough really) but a secure outdoor parking area, another garage and a 2 bedroom house. My total monthly expenses are a little over 1.5x the rent at my old place and I can walk to work in about 30seconds. Pretty good deal IMHO.
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Old April 24th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #31
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There's something to be said for the fun of dreams. Every time I'm at the airport and watch a Gulfstream Taxi past I dream a little.
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Old April 24th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #32
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Little more progress. Getting started on the frame.







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Old April 25th, 2016, 08:33 AM   #33
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Awesome work! Looks like you need a bigger welding table now!
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Old April 25th, 2016, 09:54 PM   #34
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The table the car is sitting on should be large enough. It's 4'x15' :) For now it's easier to work in sections on the little table.
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The table the car is sitting on should be large enough. It's 4'x15' :) For now it's easier to work in sections on the little table.
I figured you had a big frame table with all the offroad cars you build!
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Old April 26th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #36
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It's not all that fancy, but it's big and heavy. Like 3000lbs heavy.

From back when I first moved into this shop. The top is 1"thick with 2x8x250 wall rectangle tube frame under it.

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Took a break from the VW this weekend to prep for an off-road trip next weekend and to do some work on my buddies race jeep that we'll be racing in June together. First thing on the agenda, an underhood burrito cooker on my truck. Might need to add one of these to the dub as well :p



Also did some steering upgrades to the yellow race jeep, new rear springs, timing set, engine mounts, etc.



The grey jeep belongs to another team who asked us to race it for them a couple weeks ago so they could stay in contention for the series title. They couldn't be there because it was the drivers wedding weekend. His wedding present from us was mud.

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Old April 28th, 2016, 11:43 AM   #38
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Back to this project. The crossmember I built a few weeks ago slid right into place and I was able to mock things up in position on the car. Next step will be the upper A-Arm mounts.



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Couple more pics of the front end mocked up.





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My dream is to have a lift, a Miller dynasty TIG welder, a sheet met brake and an English wheel, a tube bender and maybe some tire mounting equipment with a balancer. I'd love to get into making stainless steel headers and exhaust.

Also if I could find a vintage gas station or auto garage to throw thus in Id be happy.

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 11:28 AM   #41
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Looks great!!
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