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A Doghouse to Store Model A Engines

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  • A Doghouse to Store Model A Engines

    I just finished this today. My garage is small and full, and I needed someplace to store my Delco Light Plant and a Model A engine. If I remove the Delco, I think it has enough room for 3 Model A engines. Storing parts under those cheap plastic sheets just doesn't cut it. This is so tight it's even mouse proof, but I may put some mothballs in to keep insects out.

    I don't think any community has rules against having dog houses, even though it has no door. I got about half the materials free out of a dumpster from a local house remodel, but the things I needed to buy still cost me about $100. The paint, half the wood, and the colored vinyl siding, and 3 hinges were free. I used 3 hinges so I can tip the roof and sides out of the way to work on the engines.

    I included a before picture of the Delco I bought off ebay. I used diesel fuel and a soft paint brush to clean it up. It came out good enough to leave it as a survivor, although I may have to repaint the gas tank and the intake tube after I straighten the dent.

    I built it on some plastic milk crates, but a nice flat cement pad sure would have been better. Notice the last picture of my tar paper roll. I had it stored on the concrete apron in front of the garage, and getting wet ruined one end of the roll. Tar paper isn't as water proof as I thought.

    Since the treated 4 by 4's are bolted to the floor, I set the house on 3 treated landscaping logs to make it easy to replace if they rot, and to give it more air space underneath, and to better keep it out of the snow.

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      tom nice job on the dog house
      that's very inventive

      maybe it can double as an inlaw suite:D
      3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
      Henry Ford said,
      "It's all nuts and bolts"
      "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

      Mitch's Auto Service ctr


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        Like they say, woman who put man in doghouse, find him in cathouse...:


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