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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted June 13, 2003 11:05 PM  
I am looking for any ideas,tips and suggestions on building/designing a new garage to be used as a race shop only.any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

jhon hollomon
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 468
posted June 13, 2003 11:41 PM  
Oh boy! Here we go again! We had a post similar to this a while back and everybody had ideas. A lift would be nice if your budget allowed. Heated concrete floors are nice. A bathroom is real nice cuz you never know when nature comes a callin.

Tim Weiss
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted June 14, 2003 09:11 AM  
heated concrete floor a must right now our floor is sweating so bad cant keep it dry really makes a mess also very slippery. It will never be big enough You need plenty of insulation

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 283
posted June 15, 2003 09:34 PM  
I would advise you to make sure you have plenty of electrical outlets. I would have the 4 plug outlets about every 8 feet. I would also put a welder outlet next to the door so you could do some of the welding outside. Make sure have plenty of lighting. I would also figure out a small building outside to put the compresser in and plumb it with pvc inside. Make plenty of outlets for this also. In Wisconsin the heated floor would be nice, here in Texas that would be a joke.

Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 6243
posted June 15, 2003 09:51 PM  
God I wish I could do mine over! Steel buildings are okay as long as you have it insulated during the construction period---I'd made the mistake of doing it afterwards and it was a headache, radiant heat rocks in the winter-time, flourescent lights, painted floor, storage & cupboards and windows to move some air. My list that I'm working on and wish I would have done the 1st time are: bathroom, hot water heater, anchors in the floor (hillbilly frame straightener), electric exhaust fan, a lift (make sure you have high enough side walls---I think I'm ******* ), and more storage.
Welding tables and steel racks are great also. Have fun!!!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 537
posted June 18, 2003 10:40 AM  
Lay the garage out long ways. On only put One big door or two small doors on the short wall.

This will max out your floor space.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted June 20, 2003 08:58 PM  
A fwe months ago SPEEDWAY ILLUSTRATED had a article about how to build a race shop. I thought they had some good ideas. ROGER

machine for speed
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted June 26, 2003 01:25 AM  
Install a Pit, Iv had to move with my job three times=(three garages/three pits) They do keep getting better. Make it about shoulder deep and 10-12 ft long. place it so that when the car or truck is parked where it stays that you can get in the pit. Use a ladder, it uses less room and can be moved when needed. If possible put a drain in the bottom and a conduit to the closest wall for electric/water. Mine is block,used L-shapped block at the top for cover. made the cover by clueing and screwing 3/4 plywood and cutting 2 ft panels. pit is 4ft wide.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted June 27, 2003 11:39 PM  
I'm just putting the finishing touches on my new digs. At the risk of boring everyone, I'll share a few highlights of things I did.
* Shop is 24x48 with a second floor of basically the same size. (It has a barn-style roof, so the side walls come in pretty steeply, but still a lot of storage.) I have a pull-down staircase in the cieling for access.

* Insulated the walls and sheeted the inside with 7/16 OSB (chipboard) It's easier to work with and more durable then drywall and can take nails and screws better for hanging small things, etc.

* I enclosed a room approximately 10x10 in the back corner for storage. It has shelves on the walls as well as a couple of freestanding units. Works nice to store engine parts, supplies, etc. I also put my air compresser in this room. The walls are insulated to keep the noise down.

* Ran a GFI circuit to a couple of plug-ins on the outside of the building, including one next to the garage door to string a cord to the land line on my trailer while its parked there. Also put a halogen floodlight on the front wall above the garage door to help loading and unloading at night. I put a weatherproof switch on the outside of the building so it's not necessary to go inside to turn the outside light on.

*The garage door is equipped with an opener. One of the remotes is mounted on the wall of the trailer by the ramp door. Pull in, flip on the light, open the trailer, hit the button, and unload the car!

*The welding area is in the back of the shop, but I put a second plug by the door so we can weld things outside (trialer, etc) if needed.

*For lighting, I use the $8 hanging flourescent fixtures from Menards. I ran two rows of outlets down the ceiling at 6' spacing. Using the hanging fixtures makes it easy to play around with the lighting pattern to get the light where you need it.

I've done a bunch of other things, but I'll stop boring you.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 31
posted July 07, 2003 11:24 AM  
Figure out how big you need it, then double that and add 20% !
The only disadvantage the I could see to a large building would be trying to heat it.You could always partition it off with some plastic in the winter to capture your heat.

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