balthazar

Shop Take-Back 2012

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Finally am getting back out in my shop. I've spent a couple hours for 3 nights cleaning thru stuff & throwing things away, and tonight I began the process of pouring a concrete 'curb' around the inside perimeter of my building. This is because when the floor was originally poured, the bordering form wood to control the pour has rotted over time, and mice have been sneaking in. I hate mice. Anyway, the perimeter is lined with all sorts of stuff, primarily car parts but some outright junk, and I want it all either stored off the floor or sold/tossed.

I got only 10-ft done tonight (perimeter is about 110' (24'x48' building with (4) car doors), but chalk that up to getting into the swing of it. Had to wrestle two Buick 455 blocks out of the way (I have 3); next bay has 2 DeSoto Hemi blocks and a bunch of those parts to move. Next bay from that has about (5) Turbo 400s. By 'bay' I mean the space between each vertical structural timber- they're about 7' apart.

Once the shop is sealed up & clean out, it will be a LOT more inviting to me, and I can get back to work on the B-59.

Anyway, I intend to post in here on occasion as to the progress; a log of sorts to keep my motivation up.

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AWESOME BALTHAZAR!!! :metal: Look forward to updates and photo's when you get time. Have Fun!!!

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Did you find a Buick? :smilewide:

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I DID see one peeking back at me from among the cobwebs & stuff, now that you mention it. :wacko:

Here's a lil' sketch I did of the perimeter issue: the yellow 'board' is what's degrading, the 'curb' goes over top of it, about 1.25" tall & 4" wide, right up against the metal sheathing. Should prove impenetrable.

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Mice have been laughing at the word "impenetrable" for one million yerrs. :AH-HA:

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Of course they can't, balthy!

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Cool... mice are have always been a presence in my family barn and garages in Ohio..my folks always put rat poison in pans in the older, less driven cars..so the cars always smell of rat poison.. :(

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The web is full of back-N-forths about deterring varmints. I have had success with this type of trap:

Put anti-freeze in the bottom and there's no smell, plus it works thru the winter.

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Wonder how many family mice will still call you Doofus once you have your wall of Fortitude built! ;)

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Good luck, all I've got to work out of is a two car garage....and I'vde been getting it organized and working in it.

Good luck Balthazar, and keep us posted...

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Here you can see the form lumber that is no longer a secure seal from the outside (it's OK here, not so in other spots) :

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Poured:

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Have one up @ the house my wife looks after, but I don't go out there often enough (traditionally speaking) to keep one alive in the shop.

'Cat door' is out of the question; other, larger guests are only going to get in. It's like living in a freakin zoo here.

After I clean the whole building, it's one matter, but right now there's a few pounds of metal shavings sprinkled over the floor, too.

And I really am not interested in taking care of an animal- it's not my thing.

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Keep us posted with photographs, Mark.

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Sweet job on that pour, It will really help you gain a warmer, cleaner and varmit free work zone. :P

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Sweet job on that pour, It will really help you gain a warmer, cleaner and varmit free work zone. :P

...that and he keeps digging in there, he might even find a Buick!

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It'd be about hopeless if I could completely bury a 18-ft car.

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Sweet job on that pour, It will really help you gain a warmer, cleaner and varmit free work zone. :P

...that and he keeps digging in there, he might even find a Buick!

Yea I forgot what those old ones look like, he just might have something to retire with! :D
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I dan picture him now, a man as old as his previous avatar pic...rolling out the Buick for it's 100th birthday.

All sarcasm and joking aside, I love this car and want to see it on the road like I want Oxygen. Good luck to you sir, and maybe some day I can find my way to New Jersey and find a way to bribe my way into a ride.

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Poured another section of concrete today. Had to move a bunch of Hemi engine parts to do so. Then I got distracted & cleaned up an incredibly greasy Hemi timing chain cover :

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Seems like in order to sell anything in this economy, you have to pour a few gallons of elbow grease into the piece just to catch someone's eye. I've had these 2 exploded Hemis for about 6 years, I want them gone in the worse way and have advertised the heck out of them, but only sold a few pieces. It's not in my power to scrap them, but....

The next section to pour is the right side rear section to the corner, and it's clear this corner is a major highway into the building.

I have to move 4 THMs and 2 large shelf assemblies which are fully loaded to access said corner- hopefully this weekend.

BTW- the other 2 vehicles in the shop DO have stuff piled on them, but the Buick never has. It's quite in the open, beckoning me. :smilewide:

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