Mustang Monthly's Garage Makeover Guide
We Found Some Great Stuff To Organize And Decorate Your Mustang Garage
From the September, 2008 issue of Mustang Monthly
By Donald Farr
Photography by Courtesy of the manufacturers
For Mustang owners, the garage is an extension of the home living space. It's a place to escape, whether it's attached to your house or located in a separate building. As such, the garage offers a much friendlier atmosphere if it looks nice and everything is in its place. We've discovered some helpful items for helping you get your garage in shape.
Time To Chill After working...
Time To Chill
After working on your Mustang, you and your buddies can relax with a high-top work table and hydraulic stools from Craftsman. The table comes with a black vinyl coating, the Craftsman logo, and a four-piece coaster set that's also available separately. The padded stools are available in silver, black, red, green, and blue. The seatback and seat height are adjustable. The table and chairs are available online at www.sears.com/shoptools or from the '08-'09 Craftsman catalog.
Work Station If you're facing...
If you're facing a situation where you need a workbench and storage space, check out Moduline's Workstation, a seven-drawer tool chest and countertop. Better yet, Moduline can help you increase your work space and efficiency with an add-on wall panel, overhead cabinets, a trash bin, and a file cabinet. Electrical outlets are also available for the ultimate in convenience. Visit www.modulinecabinets.com or call 888/343-4463.
Jack Rack Finding a place...
Finding a place to store the floor jack is always a dilemma. Stuffing it under the workbench takes up floor space, and it's too large to store in the bottom drawer. T&J Manufacturing has a solution with the Jack Rack, a storage alternative for aluminum and aluminum/steel floor jacks. The Jack Rack mounts to the wall, and the jack is placed in the cradle for out-of-the-way storage. A tapered hook is supplied for storing the jack handle. Manufactured in the U.S., the Jack Rack features a powdercoated finish for long life and mounting holes that are 16-inches on center for easy wall mounting. Contact: T&J Manufacturing, 2170 Sunnydale Blvd., Ste. V, Clearwater, FL 33765; 727/462-9968; www.thejackrack.net.
High Storage The HyLoft ceiling...
The HyLoft ceiling storage racks are great for stashing away seldom used items, such as holiday decorations, luggage, and coolers, to get them out from under your workbench. Adjustable in widths from 19 to 30 inches and in heights from 14 to 23 inches, the rack can be used with or without a platform (not included). Ladders, skis, and long-handled tools can be stored in the racks without a platform. Another unit can be added underneath to create a second tier. For more information, visit www.hyloft.com or call 866/249-5638.
Dream Garage Remember flipping...
Remember flipping through toy catalogs when you were a kid? Well, you can relive that feeling as an adult by browsing the Craftsman Power and Hand Tools catalog, where you can find all types of storage cabinets, tool chests, workbenches, and even flooring for your garage. At the center of the photo above is an 8-foot workbench with an overhead backwall system and wall cabinet. At the left is Craftsman's Professional Floor Cabinet, available with shelves or with locker-style storage. The 28x36 Professional Five-Drawer Mobile Cabinet on the right comes with ball-bearing drawer slides and a reversible two-in-one work surface. The flooring is available as 12x12-inch slip- and solvent-resistant tiles. You can find some of the items at your local Sears store, while others are available only through the catalog or at www.sears.com/shoptools.
G-Floor Technology The G-Floor...
The G-Floor from Better Life Technology is an easy-to-install garage floor covering that rolls into place to protect the floor and provide easy cleanup for liquid spills. The G-Floor was developed by BLT cofounder Brett Sneed, who wanted a product that could transform the garage's appearance, install in seconds, and last for years. He and his father brought to market a specially formulated 10-foot-wide, roll-out polyvinyl pad with channels to direct runoff out the door. To install, roll the G-Floor out over the floor and trim the edges. Easy to clean and impervious to oil and other fluids, it also prevents dirt from migrating across the floor. Easier to install than coatings and snap-together systems, the G-Floor is available in a variety of colors and patterns. Contact Better Life Technology by calling 913/894-0403 or visiting www.bltllc.com.
High-Tech Chests Craftsman's...
Craftsman's new line of AXS tool chests features modern updates including a multi-functional message center with day, date, time, temperature, and alarm functions; a one-key learning lock system; work lights; slide-out work surfaces; and a 12-volt power outlet for charging cell phones and other devices. The AXS chests are available in 12-, 7-, and 6-drawer configurations in Black Pearl, Midnight Blue, Titanium Metallic, and Racer Red colors.
Door-Ding Prevention More...
More than likely, your Mustang shares the garage space with another vehicle, perhaps one driven by your spouse who may be oblivious to your repulsion to door-dings. A new product called the DoorPal could be the answer to your prayers. An inflatable protection panel, the DoorPal can be suspended from a garage ceiling using a proprietary safety release or attached to a wall where car doors are most likely to be damaged. Measuring approximately 100x34x4.5 inches when inflated, the DoorPal is designed to protect cars side by side, regardless of height, and it's transparent. It's currently available online at www.doorpal.com.
Busted Knuckle Clock We can...
Busted Knuckle Clock
We can certainly relate to the "busted knuckle" description on this 14-inch wall clock from Busted Knuckle Garage-the red neon lighting is cool, too. Also featuring a chrome bezel and quartz clock movement, the clock describes our garages perfectly: "Repair and despair under one roof." AC power is needed for the neon, while the clock operates on batteries. You can get more info at www.busted knucklegarage.com or by calling 888/708-0897.
Taking It Easy When it's...
Taking It Easy
When it's time to relax, Craftsman offers a folding chair with a unique iPod pouch and armrest speakers. Available in black or red, the chairs are made from fade- and water-resistant polyester with powdercoated aluminum legs. Mesh cup holders and a storage bag are also provided. It's available only from the Craftsman Power and Hand Tools catalog or online at www.sears.com/shoptools.
Hanging Hoover Hoover's Garage...
Hoover's Garage Utility Vac, or GUV for short, mounts on the garage wall to get one more thing off your floor. The quiet 12-amp motor provides powerful suction through the provided 30-foot crush-proof hose, which dumps into a 5-gallon tank. Simply mount the storage bracket on the wall, hang the vac, and plug it in. The GUV is available from stores that carry Hoover products, or online at the Hoover Direct Store at www.hoover.com.
Neat And Tidy
As much as we'd all like to dedicate our garages to our Mustangs, a fact of life for most of us dictates that the garage space must be shared for a variety of other duties, including storing the kids' bicycles, golf clubs, and extra storage for the wife's overflow of shoes. Gladiator GarageWorks offers a number of solutions for your garage's double-duty, including a bicycle mounting device called the Claw, a Golf Caddy for storing the clubs and cleats, a Ball Caddy for the kids' basketballs and footballs, and a FishingPole Holder for keeping the rods and reels out of harm's way. Other available products include storage options for gardening tools, a GearLoft system for storing large items on unused upper wall spaces, and a Storage Bin Holder with adjustable brackets. Many of GarageWorks' products are available at Sears, Lowes, and local garage dealers, or visit www.gladiatorgw.com.
Racing Stool Ford Racing...
Ford Racing offers a cool barstool (PN M-77602-A). Black with a blue-and-red Ford Racing logo, the stool features four chrome legs with supporting rings. A second version with a seatback (PN M-77502-B) is also available. Buy it from Ford Racing distributors or by calling 888/380-6901. Visit the Web site at www.fordracingparts.com.
Gorilla Storage Stout and...
Stout and sturdy is what you get from the Gorilla Garage Industrial Grade Storage system from Craftsman. Designed as a modular system, available units include a complete standalone unit (72 inches tall, 48 inches wide, and 24 inches deep) with three shelves, a cabinet kit with locking doors, a workbench unit with a butcher-block hardwood top, a drawer kit with ball-bearing glides, and extra shelving. You can mix and match the components to customize your garage storage.
Ceiling Storage Ever notice...
Ever notice all that wasted space above your open garage door? Now you can take advantage of it with HyLoft's new Super Pro line of ceiling storage units. Different from HyLoft's popular 45x45 units that are available at Home Depot and Lowes, the Super Pro series represents the largest units in the line, available in 8x4-foot, 4x4-foot, and 8x2-foot models. Each adjusts in height from 24 to 44 inches. The patented technology of the Super Pro's Floating Rail system allows for installation in any garage configuration. Accessories include add-on racks and hooks for storing ladders, long-handled tools, bikes, and sporting goods. Go to www.hyloft.com for more info.
Tire Rack Fewer things are...
Fewer things are more difficult to store than tires. No matter if you stack them or line them up side-by-side, they simply take up too much space. Thanks to HyLoft, you can now mount your spare tires on the garage wall with the new Tire Rack, which uses HyLoft's new Master Rail technology to attach to wall studs on finished or unfinished walls. The telescoping chrome support bars adjust in width and depth to accommodate different-size tires. Visit www.hyloft.com for more information.
Non Slip Mat The nonslip...
Non Slip Mat
The nonslip workbench mat from the Busted Knuckle Garage provides a convenient spot for working on smaller parts. Measuring approximately 24x16 inches, the chemically resistant surface contains liquid spills with a notched lip for easy pour-off, and it features five molded pockets for keeping screws and other small pieces separated. A conversion chart and angle guide is also part of the material. Find out more at www.bustedknucklegarage.com or call 888/708-0897.
Bamboo Top Craftsman has...
Craftsman has harnessed one of nature's strongest, most renewable materials to create a tough and great-looking work surface for its eight-drawer, 8-foot workbench. In addition to the bamboo top, the bench features ball-bearing drawer slides, pegboard pierced sides, and an open center for additional storage. Weighing in at 247 pounds, it's a tough workbench for the home garage.
Your Great Garage
If your garage has gotten totally out of control and you're overwhelmed just by the thought of cleaning it out and reorganizing it, you might want to call in the pros. Garage makeover companies are popping up all over the country, offering start-to-finish overhauls with flooring options, overhead storage, work benches, cabinets, and wall coverings with hangers. Best of all, you don't have to lift a finger.
In Central Florida, the company to call is Your Great Garage (813/343-8126; www.yourgreatgarage.com), headquartered in Tampa. They provide free estimates and makeover recommendations, then empty your garage, install flooring and storage, and reorganize everything as they put it all back for you. They'll even haul away the stuff you don't need. With the garage neat and tidy, you can then add your own Mustang touches, such as posters, barstools, and signs.
With co-owner Tom Potts and makeover technician Jimmy Alton as our guides, we visited Tom Crowthers' three-car garage that had recently undergone a Your Great Garage transformation. Although not a Mustang owner, Tom wanted a neat garage for his motorcycle and Hummer, but he needed storage options for gardening tools and the kids' bikes. Your Great Garage began by emptying the garage, then putting down interlocking 12x12 flooring squares in black and gray with a red border. The garage walls are covered with slat siding, which offers many options for hanging everything from golf clubs to bicycles. Overhead storage racks get seldom-used items off the floor, with lower racks for stashing ladders. A corner cabinet provides storage for cleaning supplies and paint.
If your wife can have her closet reorganized, why can't you call in the pros for your garage makeover?