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    4 Tips for Creating A Great Garage for the Auto Enthusiast

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by MarkAdams


    Are you thinking of building yourself an awesome man-cave? Or perhaps you are sick and tired of not being able to find your tools in the black hole that is your garage? Whatever your reason for wanting to upgrade your garage, you know that you will be spending a lot of time in it and therefore want to make sure that you are being smart about it. If you are thinking about, or have already started, enhancing your garage, then here are some tips to help make it the envy of all of your car loving friends.

    Do A Bit of Spring Cleaning
    The first step is the most obvious: clean out that garage! If your garage looks like it should be on an episode of Hoarders, then this may take a while. If at all possible, try to remove any non-car related items like bikes, kids toys, etc. The garage should be the domain of the car and nothing else. Should you have trouble finding spaces for things consider overhead garage storage.

    Check If You Need Permits
    Depending on what you want to be able to do in your garage, you may have to check your state building codes to determine if you need permits for certain things. Things like adding a sink (which is, by the way, a great addition to a garage) or doing anything with the foundation (perhaps to improve the drainage) may very well require a permit.

    Get a Lift
    Any real garage needs a lift of some type in order to get to those hard to reach places. If you have the high ceilings, go with a two-post lift, preferably with a high weight capacity. If you dont have the space for a lift then you should go with a hydraulic floor jacks. They are not ideal but they will get the job done.

    Protect Your Floor
    Some people use epoxy to protect their floors from things that can stain it, like oil. While this is certainly a good option, I would recommend going with RaceDeck flooring, or something like it. It is easy to clean, durable, and gives your garage a professional finish.

    How have you pimped out your garage? Please let us know in the comments below.

    In the meantime if you want some inspiration, check out this amazing garage from Cool Rides Online member and former winner, The Hot Rod Grille Garage!



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    A lift is the next thing on my list...

    After having lifts at work it sucks to be working off of jack stands now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC77 View Post
    A lift is the next thing on my list...

    After having lifts at work it sucks to be working off of jack stands now...
    How much does a decent lift set a person back installed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel View Post
    How much does a decent lift set a person back installed?
    Well you can get a OK one for a little more than 2 grand, the one I'm looking at getting is a higher end one that will set me back around 4 grand...
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    Default This older post is worth revisiting ...

    "Racedeck" is suggested as one thing to do do for the garage flooring and I have thought about that product and would love to install that in my garage. That stuff ain't cheap. Does CRO have an insider with Racedeck, so perhaps a CRO forum member might enjoy a discount?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidC77 View Post
    Well you can get a OK one for a little more than 2 grand, the one I'm looking at getting is a higher end one that will set me back around 4 grand...
    I bet the one you're looking at (or got, since this is an older post) is a USA made lift. The chinese lifts are garbage- the ones I checked out were. I had the opportunity to do a side by side comparison between a USA made lift and a china made lift. I'm no engineer, and in my opinion, there was enough of an obvious difference in quality of construction and workmanship between the two, that I spent the extra for the American made product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cor66vette View Post
    I bet the one you're looking at (or got, since this is an older post) is a USA made lift. The chinese lifts are garbage- the ones I checked out were. I had the opportunity to do a side by side comparison between a USA made lift and a china made lift. I'm no engineer, and in my opinion, there was enough of an obvious difference in quality of construction and workmanship between the two, that I spent the extra for the American made product.
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    Thumbs up race deck

    I had a display for car shows that I used to set up for auto shows when I was working in the auto accessories business, and it was kool and was easy to put together ,I loved it ,,but as you said not cheep ,my brother in law in Florida has it in his game room / garage ,it is gorges,he spent a bundle on it and that's where his pro street 57 t-bird sits I tell him it is better looking than his living room
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23t-bucket View Post
    I had a display for car shows that I used to set up for auto shows when I was working in the auto accessories business, and it was kool and was easy to put together ,I loved it ,,but as you said not cheep ,my brother in law in Florida has it in his game room / garage ,it is gorges,he spent a bundle on it and that's where his pro street 57 t-bird sits I tell him it is better looking than his living room
    From your involvement in the business, does the company "work with" forums' members, or others?
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    Question we sold the race deck

    Quote Originally Posted by cor66vette View Post
    From your involvement in the business, does the company "work with" forums' members, or others?
    we sold the race deck and it was not cheap, we did get a discount on it and got it from a local company in buffalo at the time they also had other products we sold I think storage tool boxes and some shelving ,I would think if you found a local suppler and mentioned our site they would give you a discount,


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