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Re: [Healeys] Fw: Downsizing tools and maximizing garage space

To: Carlos Cruz <healey3000bn7@yahoo.com>, Healey List
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Fw: Downsizing tools and maximizing garage space
From: I Erbs <eyera3@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:04:55 -0800
My wife and I have a deal. I do not question shoes, she does not question
computer and car purchases

I Erbs
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-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos Cruz <healey3000bn7@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010 10:57 AM
To: Healey List <healeys@autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Fw:  Downsizing tools and maximizing garage space

Patton and Fellow Healey Friends...

I too found myself in a very similar situation, albeit probably under very
different circumstances.  I was forced to reevaluate my tools and sort through
them.  One pile to keep, one to discard and one to sell.  I then sorted the
Keeper pile into two sub categories Must-Haves and Nice-To-Haves.  I
alphabetized them - don't ask why.  I ordered them by height, width then
overall mass - I had a lot of time on my hands.  I then cleaned them all which
made sorting them into three piles based on a "brightness factor" - I like
bling in the garage.

As you can imagine all of this took a very long, long time.  This provided
many opportunities to review my plan, formulate my objectives and really focus
on what was needed to keep the Healey and any other toys in top working order.
If you're like me, you're always looking for the best, most effective way to
keep these old cars going, anything that doesn't help in this endeavor finds
it's way curb-side.

In the end I kept all my tools and got rid of the wife.  I have a very clean
workshop outfitted with the great set of tools - even one-time use tools and a
Healey in great running condition.  Now no one questions me about spending $20
on OD drain socket tool or $400 on a new set of Lampert gears.  Life is Good -
enjoy it.


From: Patton Dickson <57healey@gmail.com>
To: Shop-Talk <shop-talk@autox.team.net>; Healey List
Sent: Thu, February 4, 2010 7:11:30 PM
Subject: [Healeys] Downsizing tools and maximizing garage space

I have come to the conclusion I want a second "toy" in the garage ( I think a
Saab 900 Turbo convertible) and one of the wife's biggest objections is how I
am going to fit it and the Healey in my 20x20 garage.

It occured to me that I have lots of tools I just don't use, and many I may be
able to downsize.   What would you list as your bare essentials of tools.  I
am thinking a full set of hand tools, work bench, vice, shop vac, air
compressor, jack, stands, chocks, electrical testers and lots of lights.  I am
not going to do body work again on my own, and specilized stuff like engine
hoists can be rented or borrowed.

I have drawn up a floorplan maximizing untaped wall and ceiling space to
shelve and clear as much of the floor as possiblie.  Anything else I need to
put on the essential list. I know the blast cabinet is going and the air
compressor will be downsized

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