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Old 10-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #1
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..where I get to do the work myself.

It's part of a navy base/shipyard, and since I work on the yard I get to rent a bay for $6/hr. They are a full service shop so they have tools to do everything, and I get to use whatever I want.

Lifts, air tools, big oil collection things, tire mounters, wheel balancers, you name it... except a leak down tester.

Why don't they have places like this available to the general public??
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..where I get to do the work myself.

It's part of a navy base/shipyard, and since I work on the yard I get to rent a bay for $6/hr. They are a full service shop so they have tools to do everything, and I get to use whatever I want.

Lifts, air tools, big oil collection things, tire mounters, wheel balancers, you name it... except a leak down tester.

Why don't they have places like this available to the general public??
That's awesome dude! I forget sometimes how fortunate I am to have a shop available to me with a lift and tools. I don't mind working out under the weather when I have to, but its always nice to have a shop that's available.

I would say theres not public rental garages due to insurance reasons. That and the misuse of tools, equipment, etc.
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Why don't they have places like this available to the general public??
Google on "Hacker's Haven" (with quotes).

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1: Unprofitable.

2: Liability.

3: Unprofitable.
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We have a place locally where you can rent a bay. I'm not sure the cost, but it isn't $6/hr. I believe that you have to pay to rent tools on top of the space as well.

I'm glad to have a decent garage to work in, just wish I had a lift.
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Most bases have them, and they can be a blessing. Swapped a motor in a '77 Camper Bus some years back, would not have been able to do it without their help.
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Lucky son of a gun!!! Im gonna talk to my armed forces buddies see if they have access anything similar to this, it would be a freaking blessing.
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Most bases have them, and they can be a blessing. Swapped a motor in a '77 Camper Bus some years back, would not have been able to do it without their help.
I'd like to use this one for an LSx swap in the future, but I just don't see their hours supporting my project. They close at 5 most days and only working on weekends just wouldn't get the project done very quickly.
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sucks I miss my house in the gables.
two car garage ftw.
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There are some bases in the area here that have the same kind of setup. It is a serious fringe benefit for motorheads that are in the service.

The main thing I would love to have that I do not have now is a lift... and a good MIG and/or TIG welder.
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A neighbor of mine back in CA who was a Marine sergeant introduced me to this concept. We cracked the frame of his KTM in a really ackward spot one day. Took it to Pendleton, and a buddy of his laid a TIG weld across it that looked better than the factory beads.

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Yup, they have those at most bases. I haven't used one yet since I haven't done anything that required any tools I don't have (except a cherry picker - borrowed one). Next place I go I'll use their services if offered.
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sucks I miss my house in the gables.
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Damn!! "The" Gables, pimping.
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