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Engineering a 1934 Pro Street Street Rod


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Covering The Workshop Floor

Since I would be spending a 1000 hours + in the garage finishing the Street Rod, much of it on my back, I decided to cover the garage floor!

I planned to use Epoxy, and investigated the products available.  A friend relayed his experience with Epoxy.  Having followed all the instructions, Muriatic acid etch etc.; his floor peeled in spots after a few months.  When the local paint store recommended tile, (which they did not sell) my decision was final! 

Lowe's sells commercial 12 inch x 12 inch vinyl tile.  It is 1/8 inch thick, not the 1/16 inch thick product used indoors.  No need for any special etch, or treatment of old oil spots (unless there are very big.) 



Just clean the floor with soap and water and let it dry.  Plan the tile layout.  After measuring, I laid out a row in each direction to see how I would deal with the ends.  I kept a full tile next to the wall near the walk path which left about a half tile near the wall that was less visible.  If you can, use a full tile near the garage doors as well.  A cut tile at the back of the garage is not a problem and mostly covered.   Use the best contact type glue they recommend.  Follow the instructions.

I put down about a 6 foot X 6 foot area at a time.  The  walls are edged with vinyl boarder molding glued on the block wall.  At the garage door  an 1/8 inch thick x 1 inch rounded edge molding is glued in place and  finishes it off.  The end result has been in place over three years with excellent results.  (Note: the small 1/8 x 1 inch edge molding has loosened and contact cement was used to put it back.  This occurred several times so I tried Gorilla Glue--it's holding great!!)

The mechanics crawler rolls nicely over the floor.  Its easy to sweep and clean.  For my Corvette and my wife's Crossover  purchased 3' x 3' rubber mats that hold the air-conditioning condensation which usually drips for a while when we pull in to park.  It gets hot and humid in SC!

The photo of the car up on stanchions shows how much nicer it was to work in that environment.  Gibbon made the fiberglass stanchions which keep it up 12 inches.  They are very study, much better than jack stands.


The walls of the shop are covered with 1/4 inch thick  x 1/4 inch hole peg simulated board wood paneling.  That provides a great way to keep things organized. 


The cabinets were built from 3/4 inch Birch plywood.  The top shelf is a perfect place to display the trophies won at car shows.  See below:



Some Trophies don't fit on the upper shelf!

These are Mayors Trophy from Darlington SC Hosted by the Swamp Fox Car Club October 2006 and again in 2011.

For a 10 year old car an excellent result!  It 's a driver and driven to every Car Show - we do not own a trailer!  This is not a "Trailer Queen!"


MIG Gas Delivery and the Small Block Chevy Evolved in a Similar Way and Time!

 Both had Advances and Setbacks Before

They Were Optimized!

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See these other pages for more details:


Modifying an 850 Holley for a ZZ 502 Chevy Big Block

Cooling a Chevy ZZ 502 Big Block in a Street Rod

 Adding 250 HP Nitrous to a ZZ 502 Big Block


MIG Gas Saver System $aves money !

3 Inch Stainless Exhaust System 

"Building the Body"  

"Construction Details Index"    

"Building Dash Extension"

"Building Stereo Wall"  


"Building Transmission Tunnel"  

"Fabricating the Interior"

"Other Fabricated Parts"

"Other Features"


Click to See a List of Vendors Used to Build This ProStreet '34


"WARNING: "Weld Safely"

Corvette Accessory Installation Info