5 must-have garage features for enthusiasts
Every car enthusiast wants to own a Garage-Mahal. This is simply a place to store one’s pride and joy that goes beyond basic covered parking. A great enthusiast’s garage has to have 5 key things for it to make the grade. Of course, we would all like a 20 car garage with a fountain at the end and trickle chargers against the wall in each bay, but that isn’t necessary to enjoy one’s private space. Here are the 5 things every enthusiast garage should have.
Part 1 – The Car
This may seem silly, but for an enthusiast to justify a great garage there should be a great car involved. It does not matter if the car is a ’67 Camaro in parts, or if it is a Bugatti Veyron. The first step in preparing one’s special hanger is a car that defines it.
Part 2 – Space
A good car-guy or car-gal garage needs to have at least a little more space than one bay. That is because the garage is to be more than just a parking space. There are going to be tools, decorations, jack-stands, and lots of cleaning and conditioning stuff that needs a home. If the enthusiast is married, there also needs to be a corner for the spouse. This is peace-making gesture only. Enough space for a bike, or a small gardening shelf. Trust me, if you are married and you make a space just for yourself you will be headed for trouble.
Part 3 – Tools Comforts and Decorations
It does not matter if you are a full time NASCAR crew chief of the world’ worst backyard mechanic you will at least have car washing and waxing stuff to put in the garage. Take time to build in some sweet corner shelves and tell yourself they improve the structure’s resistance to hurricanes. Build or buy a work bench you can then clutter up to your taste, or leave spotless if you swing that way. Of all the tools in the garage the most important is the car vac. You need a vacuum that really sucks. One mounted to the wall with about as much vacuum generating power as deep-space should do it. Sears is a great place to buy such a beast and the 5 gallon-wall mounted set-up is a good start. Be sure to get all the attachments including the crevice tool and fuzzy brush. Lie, and tell yourself you are actually saving money vs going to the coin-op car wash vacuum.
Tunage also is helpful. Forget the iPOD dock, that is so 2005. Get a small, expensive as you can afford unit that can accept the Bluetooth signal from you phone so when you go in it starts playing your song list. A little college mini-fridge with your preferred tasty beverage and one for a neighbor is always a good idea too. Get at least two good, cheap chairs. Finally, get yourself some unique decorations. A Honey Badger sticker, some of those fake stick-on bullet holes, and maybe a few of your favorite road signs (bought, not stolen please). NASCAR numbers if you like that sort of thing. This is also a good place to stick bumper stickers since, being a car-guy you would rather tattoo your face than put a bumper sticker on any car.