The Race Car Garage Project

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The Race Car Garage Project





The home owner is a retired now and loves to spend time working on his vintage 1958 race car
which has a Fuel injected Corvette 350 V8 engine.

He also built this red 1968 street roadster which he recently took to California to participate in a vintage road rally.

Now, he’s building a 1932 Ford convertible roadster from scratch.

I had a few hot rods myself so I immediately took an interest in his race cars.

While I worked on the project he shared a few stories about some of his cars and the races he’s been in.

..... about the vintage machinery and signs

... and about his Dad who also raced a similar car.


I installed a simple shelf for his dad’s old helmet and goggles, ribbons with medals, pictures,

and vintage trophies with race cars on top.

As I arranged them on the new shelf, I couldn’t help but stop and stare at them,

thinking there’s a lifetime of amazing stories staring back at me.

So much history compressed on to a 6 ft. pc. of melamine shelving.


There was this old Oak Mission style rocking chair sitting in the corner of the shop.

One day, I asked him if he would like me to restore it and make a new leather cushion.


But he said, ” No thanks, I like it just fine. It belonged to my dad and It’s actually quite comfortable.”

After that, I could almost imagine his dad sitting there watching him while he worked on his projects.


The garage face lift was part of a whole house remodeling project and included new windows, doors,

interior and exterior trim and paint, a cupola, new drywall, lighting, better attic access and storage,

and hanging all the signs and antique license plates.


But, it it turned out to be more than that to me.

Just as we were finishing remodeling the kitchen, The rebuilt 350 motor for the blue race car arrived from the machine shop and he asked if I wanted to help him install the motor and get it ready for the next race.

So, for 3 1/2 days I got to work side by side with him on the vintage race car, one of three in the world.
It felt good knowing he trusted me to help him. We had fun working together.

And, I’m glad to say, I didn’t break anything or drop a tool on the hood. Whew!


Shortly afterwards, he was back to racing in Wisconsin at the Road America Speedway.

He invited us to come and hang out in the pits.

There was a golf cart for us to use so we drove around checking out the cars ….What a blast!


At noon, the race track allows anyone from the pits to drive around the track or take a ride in a race car!


When he floors it, it pushes you back in the seat like a jet plane taking off and it takes a corner so fast,


....... makes my heart race just thinking about it! What an experience!

This is what it’s all about.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 06:37 AM

That is just awesome. Thanks you so much for sharing the story and love every picture of it

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 07:14 AM

Those medals really caught my eye. Thought they might be shooting medals ;-) You are right, a lot of memories in a shelf or box full of those. There are always a few that really stand out from the rest. Too bad so many of those stories and memories go with the winner; gone forever ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 08:38 AM

waaauuw thank´s for sharing Mark:-)

what a story you can tell and the experience of working with a historic car waauw
even though it ain´t woodworking I can just as one who had a small garage once
just enjoy the shop ….. what a place to have … :-)

thank´s for the pictures I enjoy´d them very much

take care

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 03:07 PM

Thanks for sharing the photos, Mark.

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 04:33 PM

You had better copy your post on this ASAP, because the “Projects Cops” will remove from the “Projects” and not even bother to tell you. Happened to me last week on a woodworking handplane restoration. I lost it all: images, text, comments, etc…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 04:51 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Nice story!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 07:30 PM

Hey Mike,
Thanks for the heads up. I copy everything I do now since I came here last December(?). I had a nice post about my shop dog Kasey who died recently as a nice way to say goodbye. There were pictures of him laying in the middle of the shop, surrounded by door panels glued up and covered in clamps. If that isn’t about woodworking I don’t know what is. I was told by Martin that it was not a wood project and to move it to a blog. I tried to figure out how and wrote to him 3 times for advice. he never responded and next thing you know, I lost the whole thing along with 44 comments including posts from “buddies” of their dogs. It was golden retriever heaven!

I believe rules are important to maintain order and keep things focused. I get that. But I live to challenge rules and break molds whether they are dumb ass ways to build things, to religious tyranny or stupid rules from pencil necks that never made a thing, with all due respect for pencil necks.

I personally am more fascinated about the creator or artist of the WOOD project. What makes Mafe so fascinating?
what makes wood grain so mesmerizing?

It’s the history. The story behind the face. That’s what I love to see and hear about.

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 08:37 PM

I envy you your experience almost as much as I envy your friend for his car.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 09:33 PM

I may not be a Chevy guy, but this is one of the best projects I have read through! Thanks for posting!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 11:18 PM

Thanks for sharing! The environment and history of a project balances the project and impacts lives. You do a good job of that. Thanks!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 10:34 PM

Hey wood buds,
If you are following this thread, I revised it and added a lot more pictures.

I told my friend, Mr. Stears all about you guys and sent him a link to this post. He said he will definitely check it out and then turned me on to some of his favorite car sites and forums.

So, if any of you want to say Hi to Mr. Stears, be my guest.

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 11:19 PM

thank´s for the picture update Mark some of the old pictures and the old cars are awesome :-)
thank´s Mr.Stears for have given mark the oppetunity to share this with us

take care


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#13 posted 04-15-2011 02:02 AM

Very, Very Cooooooooool, Thanks for taking the time to share this with us Mark, I have a 1965 GTO, and now I really want to do some work on it, thanks for the inspiration

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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