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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-01-2012, 10:05 PM
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These cars. With snow around the corner, the Fiat gets 1/2 of the garage and the 530 gets the other side.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:08 PM
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Ok, I crammed it all in, . Motorcycle is in the back. It's a toite fit.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:52 AM
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The thing that makes tile strong is the way it's installed. People see the brittle stuff in their bathrooms and assume it's because tile is brittle. That's not the case. I have the cheapest, .59/sf ceramic tile Home Depot has. I have the basic thinset and the basic grout. I had never installed tile before I put this stuff in.

I jack the car up on it. I drop tools on it. I dragged those 800-pound cabinets across it. I've rolled a dressed 500+-pound engine over it perched on a floor jack. It's very strong because there are no voids between the tiles and the concrete below them.

Like concrete, tiles are very strong in compression but weak in tension. If there is space underneath a tile, it will likely crack. But if you install it without voids (which is so simple that this first-timer was able to do it), then it's very strong.

Here is a video clip I shot of me taking a 4-lb sledge hammer to the tiles. You can see the camera jumping from the impacts.

Hope your jacking that 911 to change those rear tires!! Or are they your track tires

I'm jealous, that is a DIYer's dream garage
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:03 AM
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Wow. Looking at such neat garages makes me wonder if some of your are Myers-Briggs strong J's (as in INTJ) who like order in their lives!

Me? I'm a P for sure (as in ESTP).
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Not my garage, but mine looks similar:
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:22 AM
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^^^^^ Its OK Bluebee, you can admit it is yours.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:27 PM
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Hope your jacking that 911 to change those rear tires!! Or are they your track tires

I'm jealous, that is a DIYer's dream garage
Thanks. Those are Nitto NT01s. I use them for both street and track. But the set in the picture does look like it might get a little hairy in the rain.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:21 PM
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:39 PM
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I have to admit the rear of your porsche looks better than a brand new one. I just love the round wide body of old porsches.




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Thanks. Most of the time, the space is reserved for my weekend car.



And there's a lot of functionality built into the place. In the picture up above, you can see that there are two workbenches on the left-side wall that fold down from the wall when a car isn't parked there.

There's also a lift that I built into the floor. Here's how much floorspace it eats up:



And here's what it does at the push of a button:



And yes, the shop does get pretty dirty.



But it cleans up quickly and easily, since there's a place for everything.

I made it all myself. The total budget for the cabinets, floor, benches and lift was under $3,500. In this picture, for example, I made the bench on the left by cutting a damaged Equipto cabinet in half and adding a blank drawer space by the vise what has my air reel in it (sideways). To the right of it is a tool chest I made by taking the good parts from two damaged Lista cabinets and welding them into one taller-than-stock cabinet. It did it in a way that would allow the drawers to come all the way out without contacting the steel bench you see just to the right.



There are ten workbenches in the place. And a few tons of steel cabinetry. You can take a tour of the place at the website I made for it: www.12-gaugegarage.com

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Old 12-12-2012, 10:51 AM
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:47 AM
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Brought home my first bimmer....2001 525i. 125k miles great condition, they wanted 8 grand I got it off the lot for $4750. Sport package, orient blue metallic with tan leather int. 5 speed. Love it!

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:47 PM
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I have to admit the rear of your porsche looks better than a brand new one. I just love the round wide body of old porsches.
Thanks! I agree. I've got the ducktail and a kind of goofy set of tail lights on mine, but the old fastback line still looks a lot better (to me) than the newer versions where there's a hump in the back.

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:59 PM
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Good god, that's beautiful !
I have seen it on the Pelican parts forum's and liked it then as well
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:30 PM
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WTH does everyone of you own a porsche....?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:44 AM
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No I don't
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Whats the box on the door ? And poor vette, jammed in the corner like that
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:33 PM
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Whats the box on the door ? And poor vette, jammed in the corner like that
I had the Vette out today. The box is to catch my mail.
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See what happens when you have 3 cars. She makes you live in the garage.
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Jack, you just gave me incentive to go out and clean up my garage. I've got parts everywhere, tools everywhere, not organized any more and it's dirty as hell. On top of that I've got suspension work planned for next week on the e39 (PSS kit, front bearings, thrust arms and a few other suspension goodies) and the tools I need are scattered. I like to have all my tools organized before starting a DIY.

This was my garage right after the floor install about 7 years ago. It hasn't looked like this since. Oh, the red car has been lowered from the SUV height with a PSS9 kit.
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See what happens when you have 3 cars. She makes you live in the garage.
I own 4 cars. One stays outside.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:42 PM
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Didn't know Jack Olsen posted around these parts. Pretty cool.

My cars, but not my garage.

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