Best mod to my Supra: new bushings all around. Car feels SO much sharper than any Mk3 I'd ever driven before. It's weird to say, because Mk3 is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think sharp, responsive steering, but well, here we are.as far the shop goes, it will be a faily simple metal building w/12-14 ft. tall walls and brickwork about 4ft tall around it to match the house.
also, 3 roll up doors, 2 in the front on each end 1 in the back to draw air through the shop on those hot summer days.
any ideas on building the shop are also welcome.
Megan's Supra, we upgraded the headlights to the Diode Dynamics uh... HL1 led bulb replacements. I believe that is the part number for them. For the ease of installation (basically just orienting the bulbs correctly to optimize the factory housing), the light output is quite nice. Not quite as nice as the OEM HID setup in our LS400, but not too far behind.
Now... as for the shop, hoo boy. Finally something I can offer genuine advice! In 2014, we had our garage built, and while they were at it, someone decided to attach a house to it for some reason. It's a bit of an "L" shape due to the design of the house, but rough dimensions are 30x25 with the rear half being 17x24, give or take a bit. Housing and garages are a lot like cars, in my experience, in that you don't know what you want until you experience what works and what needs improving. To that end:
-Flooring. If at all possible, make it as level as possible. Why? Makes pushing disabled cars around a lot easier, not to mention alignments are possible with hub stands. Downside to a very level floor? You might have to gasp squeegee water out once in a while.
-Concrete. I'd recommend planning for a lift if you don't already have one in mind. Shop for the lift before pouring concrete, if possible, to get an idea of what you would do with it. If you get a four post, make sure it is wide enough for the widest vehicle you can see putting on there. I can't put my imaginary Ferrari on mine because it isn't wide enough. If you get a two post, make sure your concrete is of appropriate thickness and psi rating before pouring concrete. Are you getting this "before you pour concrete" part yet? Ok, good. Also get a quality epoxy (I believe ours is by Porter) coating on the floor before you ever move anything into it. You'll thank me later. Going on six years here and our floors still look fantastic, and cleanup is a breeze.
-Storage. I'll be building a loft for the garage as soon as I can get the Chevy out of there. Just need enough in my case to put the seasonal items like grill and snowblower away in the off season, and store fabrication materials and less frequently used tools. Cabinets can also work well for this.
-Lighting. I went with Feit 10,000 lumen 100w led bulbs. I can get you a part number if you're interested. I have six of them in my garage, and it's honestly better lit than most shops I've been in. We jokingly refer to it as turning on the sun haha. Seriously though, I warn people to close their eyes for a moment while I turn them on. This isn't to say spot lighting isn't necessary, but for a general setup, it works great.
Quick edit: Paint. Gloss white is your friend. Reflects light nicely, and cleans up easily. Plus, real easy to see where the spiders are so they don't surprise you haha.
-Parking. Depending on fleet size and intended use for the garage, give it some consideration on what you'll be putting in there... for example, one of our cars, it's a tight fit to open the doors on the wall side, because there's no recess area on that side.
-Outlets. I'd recommend a LOT, for the simple sake of convenience. Worth putting in a few 240v outlets as well, lot easier and cheaper to do when it's all being built. My recommendation would be to have a few separate circuits. If you have a decently large compressor, and somebody is running a vacuum while someone else is running a welder... well, you can see where I'm going with this. Also good for resale if that's ever going to be a consideration.
-Water. We have a hot and cold option on our hose outlet in the garage. This makes it pretty great for washing cars indoors, even more so if it is nasty outside. Drainage can be a consideration, depending on local regulations. If you can have a drain, great! If not, make sure your concrete is sealed and you have a squeegee. The epoxy floors can be quite slippery if wet AND soapy! Oh, and speaking of drainage and concrete, I recommend as small of gaps between concrete pads as possible, and sealing anywhere that water can run down. I have a pretty good feeling our driveway is going to start heaving eventually due to climate, and poor drainage considerations. One last thing on the water front, having a sink is great so you can wash up without getting the house dirty.
-Climate control. Not sure where you live, but where I live, winter is a thing for oh... 7 or so months of the year. It gets nasty cold here, so a heater was a fantastic investment that makes the garage comfortable year round. AC will come by way of a swamp cooler most likely. Specifics such as type and fuel will be entirely localized as far as what works for you. Insulation in the walls and ceiling goes a long way toward comfort.
-Music / entertainment. Never hurts to have a decent sound system in the garage, powered by a computer for research...
-Winch points. I wish I had thought of this before our house was built. Ever try to push a car up onto a lift, up a slight grade, by yourself? Pretty much impossible without help if you're typical human sized. Talked my neighbor into putting anchor points for a winch into his concrete forms when they were doing the walls. He will be able to straighten frames in there, quite useful for his hobby of derby... You might also consider ceiling mounted hoist attachment points.
That's about all the advice I have off the top of my head, for things I'd do if I were to ever start fresh. Garage Journal is a fantastic resource, but a word of warning, it is a VERY deep rabbit hole... If you have any questions about my setup or things I might have missed, let me know.
And here I thought I'd seen some weird atmospheric conditions where I live... 300 degree intake air temps? Is this another one of those "exhaust recirculation" ideas that was floating around the internet years ago?