In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some basic tips for setting up a garage where you'll be storing and caring for a classic car. The proper garage setup is vital for ideal care of your vehicle over time, plus for keeping it safe and protected while it's not in use.
At Andersen Restoration Parts, we'll provide you with numerous parts you might need in your classic car garage, from ball joint sets and suspension kits to idler arms, bushings and numerous other options. Today's part two of our series will look at some additional tips on how to set up and maintain your classic car garage.
Quality, Consistent Lighting
Both from a safety standpoint and to ensure optimal care of your classic car, make sure the garage is well-lit and provides consistent lighting. This can mean adding additional lights or replacing existing bulbs with a bright, long-lasting option such as LED bulbs. The more light you have in the garage, the better it will be for work on your classic car.
As you're thinking about your lighting options, be sure to also consider using a timer that will automatically turn on the lights at certain times. This will help make sure you're not entering and exiting a dark garage, as well as provide useful light when needed for maintenance.
Down related lines, you should also consider tinting the windows in your garage. This will reduce the amount of sunlight entering the space and cause less damage to your classic car over time, such as fading or warping of interiors.
Not only this, but tinting your windows will also help with security and theft prevention, which we went over in part one of this series. By blocking the view into your garage, you can protect your classic car from any potential threats.
Depending on the size of your garage, you may want to set aside an area for a workbench. This can be as simple as a shelf or large table with plenty of drawer space. Having this area right in the garage will make it easier to access tools and equipment while working on maintenance and repairs to your classic car.
If you do decide to utilize a workbench area, make sure it's well-lit and organized. Also keep in mind that you may want to install shelves on the wall behind the bench for holding larger tools and items.
Shelving and Tools
Speaking of shelving and tool needs, they're also important for a classic car garage. This can be any combination of wall-mounted shelves, adjustable shelving or even rolling carts with drawers and cubbies.
Whatever you choose to go with, make sure it's able to hold your tools and supplies securely yet provides easy access whenever you need them. Keeping the shelves organized will also provide a better overall look and feel to your garage while also helping you find things more quickly.
Some Additional Storage Space
Depending on how large and extensive you go with your garage, you may also want to consider adding some additional storage space. This could be as simple as a few stackable bins or baskets on the wall that can hold car parts, accessories and other miscellaneous items related to your classic car.
You could even go with some more extensive options such as large cabinets for tools and supplies. Whatever kind of storage solution you decide on, make sure it's properly secured and able to hold your items without risk of them falling or becoming damaged.
Keep Some Little Comforts Around
Just because this is primarily a work and storage area doesn't mean you can't have some little comforts around. This could include something as simple as a mini fridge for storing beverages and snacks, or a small side table with a few chairs where you can kick back and relax while looking at your classic car.
Whatever it is, consider adding some personal touches to your garage so that it's not just another work area but rather a place where you can spend some quality time with your classic car.
These are just a few ideas to get you started when it comes to setting up an ideal garage space for your classic car. Keep in mind that no two garages will be the same, so as long as you take safety, security and care into consideration, you can tailor the setup to your own specific needs and preferences. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to transforming your garage into the perfect classic car haven.
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