5 Race Car Garage Remodeling Experience

Project by reedwood posted 03-20-2011 06:18 PM 8432 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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’ve had the pleasure of hot rodding a few cars 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.


The shelf displayed his dad’s old helmet and goggles, ribbons with medals, pictures,

and vintage trophies with race cars on top.

As I and 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.

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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posted 03-21-2011 04:41 AM

Those cars look like they are mere inches off the ground.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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posted 03-26-2011 01:28 AM

Beautiful car and a great story, I am sure your remodel was good too but i couldn’t get past the Echidna.LOL

-- Freedom flies in your heart like an eagle...Audie Murphy --Bill Mesilla, NM

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posted 04-02-2011 02:37 PM

man…way cool….I bet you had a great time and will have this story to tell…...why can’t I get cool jobs like this….well done

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 04-30-2011 04:08 PM

Nice work!


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posted 05-21-2011 07:16 AM

Nice shop and cool rides

-- a-1contractor.com

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