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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:12 PM

I'm finally retired now but I've never worked harder over the last four months :wacko2: . But it's done, my old track was disassembled and moved to Rodney's house. My workshop, milling machine, all those "Toys For Retirement" and our other worldly possessions were packed up and moved to our new (well, eight year old) home in beautiful southwestern Oregon.

The builder of the home was a quilter and had the living room and dining room turned into one large craft room. That's now "my room". It's 25' long and 15' wide. Here's a top view of the room layout and the space I'll have for a track:

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I wish it was bigger... heck I'd love to have a full size MTT but this will work :) . I'm going to be contacting track builders to get some ideas. Rodney and I were thinking of a mini Hillclimb style that would have a couple of straights on top of each other to save space like this Steve Ogilive track:

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Maybe only three lanes and it would have to be modified so the donut would fit in the angled part of my room. I'll be contacting track builders in the hopes they'll work with me... just a little hobbyist dude. :unknw:

Anywho, here's the room with all my tools and supplies spread out on the floor waiting for my LISTA technical workstations to show up:

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Here's the view out that window in the above picture. I'm in a neighborhood but I can still see the mountains. I can look out and know I'm NOT in the city anymore. :) :

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This is where the two LISTA workstations will go:

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Here's my view out these windows:

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And next to the window, above the workstation is a little flat screen TV on an articulating arm mounted to the wall:

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When the workstations showed up, one was shipping damaged :dash2: . I did get the undamaged one set up and it's slick:

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All that stuff along the wall fit into it :shok: . You can see the back wall is empty now...

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... and everything is in these drawers:

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More stuff to follow...

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:16 PM

Very cool, Rick; well deserved. I'm jealous!
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

GREAT setup you have there!

I really like the work desk/work bench. Is it custom-built or available at some store?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

That's wonderful!! Yeah - I'd go down to three lane to save room - check out Dennis Samson's track - and a smaller version of my Hillside would work as well. Have fun getting it designed and set up!! Looks like you're on the way to truly enjoying retirement!!! :)
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

Thanks, Tex. The downside to this is I'm old :laugh2: . I sure don't miss getting up at 5 AM to go to work though.

Rick, the LISTA stuff is really nice. We used them where I used to work. The downside is they really cost too much!

Here's the link:

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

Hi Tim,

Can I see some more pics of your track please?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:33 PM

Wheee... :good: :D :D
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Rick, way to go! I have too go with Tex's post. Build on please.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

Wow... great setup, better view.

Life is good! Best of luck.
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:47 PM

Nice slot space but moving is a pain, is it not.

Views? Carpet on the floor? Pristine benches?

You have it made....enjoy yourself, Rick.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:59 PM

Wow, with all those tools you would think you could build something worth looking at :laugh2: Of course you know I'm kidding. What a dream setup. I do not see the most important pieces of equipment, the fridge and a vintage Sansui quad amp with speakers and turntable. :D Also an open jar of Wintergreen oil, some dried out rubber and some smelly aging Butyrate woiuld add to the overall experience. Anyway,it's just wonderful all around. Good for you, I'm sure you worked very hard all of your life.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:17 PM

Here's the other side of the "my room". It has all my vintage "pieces parts" drawers. On top of that I put down some shelving and set some hobby size power tools. I'm trying to use up as little floor space as possible to save it for the track:

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The cabinet on the right holds more stuff:

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The oak library holds mostly organized photo copies of vintage magazines. Period ads and articles are arranged by manufacturer:

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The original magazines and newletters are stored above my wife's clothes in the master bedroom closet:

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Future projects are there too in shoe boxes:

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The few model kits I kept for the move are there too. I just don't seem to build many hard body cars :unknw: . I don't know why because hard bodies can be really beautiful:

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This is my last space inside the house....my "body closet". Lots-O-Vac-Bodies:

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Next is the garage-shop......

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:22 PM

Nice going Rick.
Apart from a couple of Datsuns, that looks like part of my hard body collection.
Looks like you're on the way to a lot of FUN... :clapping:

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:00 PM

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:30 PM

Wow, what a great fabrication and building situation to have! A very capable workspace and tools and great supply of parts and bodies.

I hope one day you could build a chassis for me. I would be patient for it too.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:47 PM

My wife and I are both what she calls "crafters". We've both planned for this for a long time. We have no living room or dinning room...we have craft rooms :)

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Let the games begin :dance3:
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:59 PM

Congrats on your new home!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:26 PM

Congratulations Rick on retirement and the new abode. Good luck trying to find enough time now. LOL.....
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:02 AM

dang nice set up Rick, sure got a nice view from the track room. nice organization by the way.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:13 AM

Amazing, simply amazing Rick !

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Looks like the ultimate play room! Boy, are you guys gonna be busy!

My wife and I are both what she calls "crafters". We've both planned for this for a long time. We have no living room or dinning room...we have craft rooms :)

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Let the games begin :dance3:


Ah ha!!! Thanks for the decorating tips! I've just gotten rid of my couch and picked up a Sherline Lathe and Verticle Mill! Acres of room now! :laugh2:
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:41 PM

You can find more pics of my track in the "club tracks" section. Look for "The Hillside Raceway"!! Looking good--keep it up!!
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 06:57 PM

I've just gotten rid of my couch and picked up a Sherline Lathe and Verticle Mill! Acres of room now! :laugh2:


Couches, we don't need no stinking couches! Power tools....we need more power tools! :D

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:25 PM

Okie Dokie. I left off with only one of the two work stations....the other one was damaged in transit:

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I still had all this junk in the bottom row of the picture to put into the second workstation:

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YIKES!

Well, the second workstation arrived and all the junk fits :D :

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Here's the new baby:

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Four of the eight drawers opened:

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Both of my babies together (a special prize if you can guess what movie is playing on the TV.....hint....it's not car related):

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And my space, now opened up and ready for.....A TRACK:

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Time to contact the track builders..... :) :dance3: :dance3: :dance3: :dance3: :)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:34 PM

Nice operating room.

Looks like a whole heap of fun.
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