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erickz Erick Zanner
Columbus, Ohio, USA   USA
1973 MG Midget "Midge"
1973 MG Midget MkII "Midge"
Congrats Hap - hit the bid!
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Speedracer Platinum Member Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB Racecar "The Biscuit"
Thanks Erick.

Update, signed the intent to sell/buy agreement today. There was few extensions for closing that could make it last up to 150 days, most of the time put in by lawyer types, and broker to make sure enough time passes to get it all done. I told my broker, time for me to talk to the seller, she he-hawed a little b bit, but I assured her, price was not the issue it was the closing terms, we tweeked them a little bit, and we're good to go, next will be purchase agreement,and then the process starts. One of the first things is phase 1 environmental inspection, I know, I know it a car place, but I done this all before with the tire store where maybe a few hundred oil changes had been done, and it was way tougher to get thru that than this will be, because we don't work on cars, don't generate any real oil, don't have junk cars laying around, don't have anything with oil near any earth/dirt, so I don't anticipate any issue there. Guy would love to close in 60 days if we get past the inspection without any issues.

I guess it may take a week, or two to get the sales agreement done and then the clock starts ticking. I could literally be out of here by Christmas.



Hap Waldrop
Acme Speed Shop
864-370-3000
Website: www.acmespeedshop.com
hapwaldrop@acmespeedshop.com


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B-racer Jeff Schlemmer
Shakopee, Minnesota, USA   USA
1950 Willys Jeep Pickup "Ratrod"
1971 MG MGB
2014 Dodge Charger
Congratulations - now you get to build your dream shop!!! Think about ways to make your work flow better - either by machine and bench placement, bench heights, storage space, lighting placement, etc... that wasn't ideal in your current shop. Start drawing your current shop and your new shop out on paper (to scale) and you'll get an idea of

I owned an HVAC company for 10-11 years. I'd recommend adding a "compressor room" aka an enclosed lean-to on the back corner of the building for your air compressor and a traditional air handler so you can have forced air A/C via a heat pump. This should handle all your heating and cooling needs down to about 40 degrees outside temp. Run duct along the back wall at ceiling height (12'?) Heated floors are expensive (cheap to run though) and they have an unusual side effect. For people who don't like being hot, having your feet warmer than the rest of your body makes some people feel ill. Sick to your stomach ill. I've personally installed around 1M feet of that tubing. Its great - and certainly has its place, but I don't think I'd want it in my shop. Either forced air or radiant heat produces more heat faster, and in the long run that can be less expensive for "total cost" throughout its lifetime.

A 2-post lift will be the easiest to utilize. Ramps get in the way for most repairs. If your concrete is flat enough, you can do alignments on the ground. Your concrete guy should be able to recommend a sealer that's non-flammable. I think a lot of guys use a linseed oil spray that you can add a non-slip additive to.

From my experience, the biggest hurdle you'll have is to separate home life from having customers randomly show up looking for help. Its up to you to develop that policy, implement it, and enforce it. winking smiley



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260mgb Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA, USA   USA
Hap, Congrats! I will be doing something similar when I retire in two years. My home shop is 24x36 with a loft for storage above the office/workshop on one end. 16 ft eave pole barn.Trolley doors to close off office/workshop. I'm going to add a two post lift. No pictures as I'm 1500 miles away in AZ.

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200mph Platinum Member Mike Joy
Winston-Salem, NC, USA   USA
Dumbest thing I ever did (2 shops ago) was put the compressor right in the shop. Had to wear shooter's muffs to work while it ran, or go outside each time it had to refill.

What a PITA.

Our last shop had an "outhouse" built just for the compressor. The new shop has a soundproofed separate compressor room under the stairs.



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ghnl Eric Russell
Mebane, North Carolina, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
Re: phase converter. My other hobby is woodworking. I have an old Powermatic table saw. It came with a 5HP 3 phase motor and a phase converter. I have no problems running it in my home work shop off 'standard' 220V power.

Re: HVAC. I installed two Mini Split heat pumps (one for my 25' x 42' X 11' garage, the other for a 'bonus' room above the garage). They are very quiet and efficient. The main compressor is outside, inside is just a fan to distribute the cooled or warmed air. Here in North Carolina I need A/C more than heat - I suspect you'd be about the same in South Carolina. If temps drop below about 30F they are less efficient (but those temps are rare). They have electric heat as back up but since I am a hobbyist I don't usually need to heat the shop/garage if it is that cold. I don't run them every day but our electric bill has barely increased.



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100


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NaDaDawgRacer John Jones
Waxhaw, NC, USA   USA
Hap
If you get up to the Charlotte area I would be glad to give you a tour and discuss this is good and I would do this different. 32x40 cleat span shop area, 16x40 walk up attic storage with a monorail and electric hoist for storage. 15x40 open shed storage and 15x35 man room and office. I put the air compressor and waste oil tank under a small lean to roof out back.
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Speedracer Platinum Member Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB Racecar "The Biscuit"
John thank you for the offer, if i get up your way, would love to come see your shop and see you. Also worth mentioning, I have known more that one guy to store a lot of heavy stuff in the trusses/rafters of their garage and that caused their roof to sag. For sure if one is going to do that, take that into mind when building.



Hap Waldrop
Acme Speed Shop
864-370-3000
Website: www.acmespeedshop.com
hapwaldrop@acmespeedshop.com


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NaDaDawgRacer John Jones
Waxhaw, NC, USA   USA
Gave the truss supplier the weight requirement when I contracted with them. Just like the beam for the lifting monorail. When the engineer friend asked me how much I intended to lift I immediately said 800lbs, the weight of a Big Healey engine and trans which has been up there
John

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Bankerdanny Daniel Palmer
Chicagoland, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB GT "Dudley"
1975 Honda MC CB550F
You can always go with propane or LP for heating purposes and use an above ground tank. That's pretty common in rural areas of Illinois, so I imagine it is also common in your area.



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Speedracer Platinum Member Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB Racecar "The Biscuit"
Moving the shop is going to be a mammoth task, so the thinning of the herd has began.

http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?42,3614188



Hap Waldrop
Acme Speed Shop
864-370-3000
Website: www.acmespeedshop.com
hapwaldrop@acmespeedshop.com


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200mph Platinum Member Mike Joy
Winston-Salem, NC, USA   USA
Like Eric, we use mini-splits for HVAC in the shop.

Quiet, effective, reasonable cost, easy setup and inexpensive to run.

Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Sharp are all good brands.



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B-racer Jeff Schlemmer
Shakopee, Minnesota, USA   USA
1950 Willys Jeep Pickup "Ratrod"
1971 MG MGB
2014 Dodge Charger
The issue I see with a mini-split is that they cost more than a traditional system, and due to the smaller size of the evaporator coil, they can't remove humidity as quickly as a traditional forced air system that utilizes an A-coil with 650 square inches of surface area. That drives up the cost of operation, so you pay more for the system and for using it. Installation may cost you an extra half day labor for a simple forced air system.



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ghnl Eric Russell
Mebane, North Carolina, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
In reply to # 3616098 by B-racer The issue I see with a mini-split is that they cost more than a traditional system, and due to the smaller size of the evaporator coil, they can't remove humidity as quickly as a traditional forced air system that utilizes an A-coil with 650 square inches of surface area. That drives up the cost of operation, so you pay more for the system and for using it.

When I was investigating HVAC options for my garage none of the local contractors had any experience with Mini-Splits. They knew what I was asking about but admitted they had not installed one. Their estimates (for the unit plus installation) were very high. Instead, I ordered my Mini-Splits on-line, installed them myself (never having done this before it took one day going very slowly & carefully) then paid an HVAC company to do the final connections (they come pre-filled with refrigerant, the instructions with the unit stated I could simply connect the lines but it was better to have them evacuated before opening the valves).

In operation, they have no trouble keeping my garage (~25' x 42' x 12' with 3 doors) comfortable. It has average insulation (4" walls, 6" ceiling). I can press the button on a remote control then after eating breakfast the garage is cool or warm as needed. I don't run them everyday but I did monitor my electric bill and never saw it increase by more than $20. The one thing I wish it had was a heat setting lower than 60F. If it is really cold outside and I want to simply keep the garage above freezing it'd be nice to be able to set it to say 45F - 50F.



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

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Speedracer Platinum Member Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB Racecar "The Biscuit"
Just to let you guys know, I am listening, some time it better to just shut and listen to other folks, so I am invoking that, so keep it coming very interesting. Both the buy er and I have signed the purchase agreement and due diligence /inspection period has now begun, and we are being very proactive, I had some repairs done to back wall last week, a crew of 4 expert builder friend cam in and we fixed the rear of the shop to like new standard, we have been on the roof, like 4 of us several time, my 12 year old membrane roof is in perfect shape. we going over everything with a fine tooth comb to get thru the enviro and building inspections the buyer has to do for the lender. I done all this before when I sold the Goodyear store, the enviro will be a cake walk compared to that, we don't work , or do have old cars around the building, so the outside and soil around building is squeaky clean. My goal is to try my very best to get thru all this in phase 1 and have done and behind us, that will drastically speed up closing time.

Now it is time to get the interim place in pace for me to work at while the new shop is being built. So I have my 24x24. which will hulled in next week, meaning what crap in there will be gone. I am talking to folks about 40 ft shipping storage container, what a cheesy industry that is. I for sure will have to sift out the crooks, and find the good guys. So right now it is about getting everything done at the old shop to speed up the process and get the place I need to go to work, and then I can start on my new building plans and spent more time on it.



Hap Waldrop
Acme Speed Shop
864-370-3000
Website: www.acmespeedshop.com
hapwaldrop@acmespeedshop.com


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