PRESENTS THE ULTIMATE GARAGE FIT-OUT
I’ d like to think that many readers would admit to having what we would call a reasonably well-equipped home garage in which to work on their classics, although all but the most fortunate of us have to make do to one degree or another when it comes to setting up our home workshops. Put simply, we have to accept that there’s a limit to what we can afford. However, if money is no object, we reckon everyone’s dream garage would include some of the items featured in our ‘Ultimate Garage Fit- out’.
For starters, I bet we’d all like to get our trailer up to ISL Limited and fill it up to the brim with gear from their extensive range of top- quality Teng Tools, including every hand tool imaginable, as well as one or
tired of rolling around under cars, getting grit in your eyes, or having spanners drop on your head from above. Hoists are also great for saving valuable space if your garage is on the smaller size — one car up in the air on the first story and a second on the ground floor.
The finishing touches
Fed up with crawling around on greasy, cold, hard, and stained concrete? If that’s the case, Swisstrax have the answer with their range of heavy-duty, easyto-install flooring systems. As well as the Swisstrax system, other flooring options include a range of resilient, hard-wearing carpet specially manufactured for garages courtesy of Installed Limited, while Coating Technologies can offer a good-looking and hard-wearing floor coating to suit almost any application. The final choice is yours — but any of those options will add extra style, and even safety, to the home-workshop environment.
And when it comes to safety, don’t forget lighting. A dim and dark home garage can be a dangerous place, so efficient lighting is just as important in the ‘ultimate garage’ as anything else — and that includes making sure you’ve got plenty of natural light. PSP Industries Limited offer a great range of options to suit every garage; options that will allow your classic to bask in the natural light whilst you attend to its every need.
Certainly just as important, if not the most important, aspect of your ultimate garage is that it has to protect your prized classic cars from the ravages of Mother Nature. The last thing we want following a massive deluge of heavy rain is to come home and find all the contents of our garage afloat because we’ve overlooked adequate drainage requirements. A call to ACO Ltd will put your mind at ease as they can offer professional advice and install the necessary drainage required to keep your pride and joy as dry as the proverbial bone.
To finish everything off — a brand-spanking-new garage door is always a good idea, adding a touch of style to your house and, of course, added security. B& D Doors offer a huge range of secure, remotely controlled garage doors all built to New Zealand conditions.
And if your home garage isn’t up to par, what are you waiting for? Check out our listings, see what’s on offer then pick up the phone and start making plans for your very own ultimate garage.
There are many ways to build your garage or workshop into the space you’ve always wanted — a space where you can comfortably store, work on, or just gaze at your prized cars with pride. You may have all the tools, equipment, and accessories to cover any aspect of classic car maintenance, but are you pleased with the garage environment?
For some, having a well-worn garage is a mark of pride — like scuffed and oil-stained tools, or that permanently oil-stained pair of overalls, a clearly used garage is the ultimate sign of someone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty; a true classic car lover. Others seek a bit more organization, a bit more cleanliness, and one of the easiest ways to change the atmosphere of your workspace is in the floor — after all, it’s one of the largest surface areas.
Here, Swisstrax can really make a difference, offering modular flooring tiles that are both easy to install and maintain, and can completely change the look and usability of your garage. The interlocking floor tiles are an easy way to clean up a garage floor that you aren’t happy with — covering cracks or oil stains couldn’t be easier.
One of Swisstrax’s biggest advocates is none other than Jay Leno himself, who has had Swisstrax floor tiles installed in his own Big Dog Garage — the fact that the plastic floor tiles could support the weight of a 6000lb car was particularly surprising to Mr Leno, who had Swisstrax Ribtrax tiles used to display the collection of Deusenbergs and Bugattis that he takes great pride in.
They’re easy to install too, offering a practical and modern alternative to standard concrete flooring. The tiles simply snap together, and their consistent shape makes thorough surface coverage a breeze; the average garage can be covered in a matter of hours — a remarkably quick and easy way to bring it into the modern era. Maintenance is just as easy, with a simple hose down or vacuum usually sufficient to keep the tiles clean.
For more information on how Swisstrax tiles can transform your way of storing, working on, and appreciating your cars, visit swisstrax.co.nz, or give them a call on 09 478 2013.