At least, that’s what my good friend “Moose” tells me. By that token, a dirty garage is a sign of automotive righteousness. Which would make Moose one of the most pious gearheads I know, as I’ve never seen an actual vehicle in his garage. This mantra ran through my head over the weekend as I set about finally cleaning up my garage.
As you’re probably already aware, up until last month, I had a pair of limited edition Galant VR4s. One was my daily driver, the other an eventual race car. The problem was, even though I considered the daily to be a spares package for the race car, things weren’t working out that way. I was taking more parts off the race car than I was installing. No bueno!
As you can see from the picture above, my garage was an absolute sty – crap just piled everywhere. I can’t tell you how much time I wasted looking for things I should have been able to find immediately because the garage was just a mess. A clean garage might be a sign of a dirty mind, but a messy garage is really good at taking all the fun out of playing with cars.
Not only does a clean garage make it easier to find things when you need them and preserve the joy of turning your own wrenches, it also makes it easier for you to roll your would-be race car out into the daylight once in a while to make sure all your neighbors know a gearhead lives here. In this case, for the first time in more than a year.
You spend a long day (or several long days) working on a car and, once it’s running, you just want to close up shop, crack that cold beer, and bask in the glory of accomplishment. “Everyone wants to go to the party. Nobody wants to stay and clean up.” Nobody knows this better than I do.
Who am I kidding? Every gearhead knows this just as well as I do. (Which is why it is so cool to be a gearhead!) But I gotta tell ya, once you get started straightening up, you really get into it just as much as you do installing upgrades on the project vehicle. In a way, it’s like modifying your garage, right?
- How often do you clean up your garage?
- What’s the best thing about having a clean/dirty garage?