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My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Mark Osterman » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:32 pm

I envy you guys that have spacious garages in the country that have room for five cars, mountains of specialty tools and .. even heat. Thought you might enjoy what an urban model T owner has. My house and garage was built in 1919 and there are two bays in the unheated garage. One side has a table saw, bandsaw, sander, drill press, metal shear and shelving. It’s also were the lawn mower and snow blower are stored.

The T sits in the other side with a vintage workbench at the far end. I have a small kerosene heater that allows me to thaw my fingers when needed. Kinda like an ice fishing shack up on the lake.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Y1SB5ubxA

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by HornsRus » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:44 pm

park that old junk ford outside, then you will have more room for goodes,ha,ha. charley

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Post by HornsRus » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:45 pm

park that old junk ford outside, then you will have more room for goodes,ha,ha. charley

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Rich Eagle » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:10 pm

"Charming I'm Sure." That would be delightful and easier to heat than some.
Fun to see.
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Henry K. Lee » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:17 pm

Mark,

I(we) started out with less and as years progress started planning what I(we, the bride) wanted in life as far as accommodations. It has been nothing but compromises, sacrifices, and doing without or making do what we have.

Sometimes we have to reflect and count our blessings, and sometimes ask ourself, "Man that tax assessor loves me"!

It is what it is!

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Norman Kling » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:26 pm

Where's the picture?
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Mark Osterman » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:38 pm

Norm,

It’s a you tube video.Isn’t it showing?

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Duey_C » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:41 pm

That clip works great! Very very cool!
Click the link Norm. :)
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Henry K. Lee » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:45 pm

But Mark you have a very nice workshop, just don't gain weight!

LOL


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Mark Osterman » Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:58 pm

Lots of room when I pull the T into the driveway.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:32 pm

Reminds me of my 1st garage. One car, wood siding and no heat. Man what a step up from living with my parents. Never had a garage there. If it broke, you lay in the snow or rain to fix it. That little garage was great but I like my ship now. Only took 32 years. You have made great use of the space and she looks at home there. Thanks for sharing it with us and the festive looking T.


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Humblej » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:43 pm

Mark, thats a big garage for 1919.

If you are going to heat your garage with a car in it you should elevate the flame to a min of 18" above the ground to keep it above possible gasoline vapor.

Nice video.

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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Angmar » Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:00 pm

Love that garage and all the things inside.
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by It's Bill » Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:45 pm

Looks like a movie set! Cheers, Bill


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Mark Osterman » Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:06 pm

Yes, that’s a great point Humble. Actually I put the heater on the ground for the video. It’s usually up on the steel top of my table saw.


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by wayne sheldon » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:12 am

Crazy words, crazy tune, he'll be driving you crazy soon! With his vo-do-de-o-vo-do-do-de-o do!


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Loftfield » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:46 am

I understand. My Model T career started in 1962 with a 1924 Fordor in an unheated garage in northeast Ohio. There was a small electric heater that kept the tools warm enough to not freeze to my fingers. The best part of the video shown here is that car and garage LOOK right, no anachronisms, everything goes together. It is hard to get that appearance in a modern, big, steel building: more space, yes, but no ambiance.


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Original Smith » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:39 am

Most of the houses in my area had what I call a Model T garage. Room for one Model T, and that is all.


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Norman Kling » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:34 am

Looks good and some great tools such as the coil tester and the old radio. I have heard that it gets very cold in Rochester. I have only been there in the summer. I like your old house as well. Reminds me of some of the places I lived when a boy. This house I live in now was brand new when we moved here but is now one of the oldest houses where I lived 46 years old now. I am glad I don't need to heat my garage here but sometimes it does get below freezing but almost always warms up during the day. You have a good looking car. Just be careful of the heater. I have known people who lost their garage and Model T from gas water heater in the same garage.
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Rich Eagle » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:44 am

Some guys I know were more productive in charming, cramped quarters than in later more spacious buildings. I built several cars in my folks old garage before I built the one I have now. I kind of miss the old place.
Go figure.
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by tdump » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:40 pm

If you have a small shop,you can't let things lay around and collect dust or you will trip all over them.So you are more apt to fix them quicker. My shop,30x40 ,I thought I would never run out of room.! :shock: Boy was I ever wrong.
I roll something in there and push it around till the tires are slick before I get around to fixing it because there is always room for 1 more project!
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Mark Osterman » Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:23 pm

When I took the runabout apart in 2016 it was this time of year. I put all the fenders, turtle back and other sheet metal on my front porch. I hoisted the body as high as I could in the garage so that I could work on the chassis elements piece by piece. By the next July it was inspected and on the road. I hit my head on that body nearly every time I went into the garage. Here are a couple of pictures from that time.
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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by Russ T Fender » Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:36 pm

With four Model T's in a two car garage I was in desperate need of more space. While thumbing through Model T service bulletins I came across an article showing the interior dimensions for the smallest recommended garage for housing a Model T which are 10'X16'. In less than a week I had it built and occupied. Those dimensions allowed for a couple of feet of walk around space and an opening of 7' 6" allowed me to drive the car in with the top up. The best part was that it looked like a garden shed, did not require any permits because it was not considered a permanent structure and when I moved the first time I took it with me.


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by jab35 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:37 pm

Nice video, like a Richard Eagle painting coming to life. If you did the work yourself and you work for free, it would not cost a lot to finish the ceiling, insulate and sheath the interior. That would hide the 'patina', unfortunately. All the best for the holidays, jb


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Re: My tiny garage built in 1919

Post by George Andreasen » Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:43 am

You'd have a LOT more room if you got that coil tester out of there.

I'll send you my address.................................. :mrgreen:

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