Garage Workshop

To most people, the garage is a place to park the car and store junk.

Not to me.

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On my days off from my regular job, I get caught up on house chores, grab a cup of coffee and head out to the garage. It's taken me years to set it up the way it is today, and in doing so, have come up with a lot of ways to increase work output. By organizing our tools and shop equipment, we can attain maximum productivity, and get that classic car back on the road sooner!

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read Set Up Your Garage Workshop

Through the years I've accumulated a lot of tools, many of them are 30+ years-old. Most of my hand tools are American-made, but quality tools are quality tools, regardless of where they're made.

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read Best Brand Hand Tools

After tools and a toolbox, a sturdy workbench is the most important piece of shop equipment. You can buy one, but consider building your own. I built mine with 2x4s and a piece of 3/4" plywood.

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Cutting, grinding, painting, polishing, inflating - an air compressor makes these chores possible. When selecting a garage air compressor, buy the best one you can afford. Get one that you won't outgrow quickly.

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read Selecting An Air Compressor

Classic car restoration is very time-consuming. Having the right tools saves you time. Here's a definitive guide of the best air tools for automotive repair and restoration.

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read 10 Best Air Tools For Automotive Restoration

I've never heard any mechanic say they don’t need any more tools!

There is no shortcut or "easy way" to do restoration-quality bodywork. The outcome cannot be any better than the care put into each and every step, and there are a lot of steps.

read Repair Body Panels and Paint

Replacing body panels on cars requires welding, any other way is not acceptable. If you are sincere about restoring old cars, learning to weld is a must. help you to decide which is the best welder for automotive body work.

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If you want it done right, either pay a reputable shop a lot of money, or learn to do bodywork yourself. This article covers selecting the right welder for your old car project.

read Best Welder For Automotive Use

read MIG Weld Sheet Metal

Keeping your project car outside subjects it to sun damage, tree sap, dirt and dust. Without a car cover, your paint can get damaged quickly.

read Outdoor Car Cover Buyers Guide

I have been building and restoring cars for many years, but 2015 was my first go kart project. Minimal supplies were needed, including several spray cans of primer and paint and about $20 of hardware. Parts needing replacing on this old kart were the tires, clutch, and chain.

read Vintage Go Kart Restoration

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Safety First and Always

When working in your garage workshop, please be safe. Proper protective equipment includes safety glasses with side shields, foam ear plugs, and gloves. When cutting and grinding metal, wear a face shield.