Ok, if I’m honest and logical the foundation for any project is the workshop. Without it any project will inevitably languish even with the best intentions. So the answer appears simple, but is it really? For argument’s sake let’s say you stumble across a neighbor that’s moving and needs to shed some worldly possessions, and one of those possessions happens to be a 1951 Ford Coupe with a flathead 8 or possibly a 1969 Alfa Giulia GTAm with its 1,985cc inline 4 cylinder. In this scenario you do not have a garage at your house only street parking. Do you acquire the car and worry about where to store it afterwards or do you pass on a rare automotive gem?
As much of a risk taker as I’d like to think I am, I am confronted with the fact that without a proper workshop already in place the task of storing the car will be taxing, and secondly without having access to a workshop the cost of the projects rises monumentally as you will be forced to pay for each piece of the project to be completed by professionals. Not to mention the fact the added costs of shipping the vehicle from the storage space you ended up procuring and back again each time. And I’m willing to bet that if the vehicle isn’t close to your domicile there stands a good chance it may not become a priority in your daily life, and could end up being pushed to the back of the line.
So, with this knowledge what’s the most important aspect of a workshop/garage?
You need open space, not just for your project car, but also to work around the project car. The rule of thumb is the same sizing you use for your television…the screen can never be large enough. If you have the open space, you can fill it up faster than you think. Next on the list should include space for an adequate workbench, a place for tool storage, and depending on your skill level there may be specialized tools such as a welder, plasma cutter, parts washer, machining-forming tools, and so on. One can’t place enough emphasis on lighting, as seeing what you’re doing is very important.
So what does my garage look like you ask? The answer is, I don’t have one which is why I’m having to pass on the Alfa Romeo that’s sitting down the street. I need to get a garage!